Maid of the Loch
The Maid of the Loch was the last paddle steamer to be built in Britain, and launched on Loch Lomond in 1953. She sailed the Loch for 28 years, and is now undergoing restoration on the slipway at Balloch Pier.
Affectionately known as the “Maid”, from her deck or the pier you can enjoy some of the best views of the southern end of the Loch along with the iconic backdrop of Ben Lomond.
Come and see the historic steam winch house, vital for moving the ship in and out of the loch. We run special ‘In Steam’ days when you can experience the excitement while steam moves the huge haul machinery. See our events page for more detail and dates.
Learn how the Maid was transported in separate sections from Glasgow and assembled on the slipway before entering service. Join one of our knowledgeable guides on a hard hat tour of the vessel. Imagine you’re the captain and steer the ship in the wheelhouse or plot a course for Luss or Balmaha further north on the loch. Explore the spacious Queens Lounge with its all round views and special Chariots of Steam model ship exhibition.
Purchase some of our attractive Maid merchandise and know you’re helping to get this wonderful vessel steaming again on the loch. Make the Coffee House on the pier a stop for a relaxing cuppa and enjoy the best views out over the water.
The Maid of the Loch is a registered charity (Registered in Scotland No. SC024062). To help the Maid sail on Loch Lomond again, you can donate at the website, find out about becoming a Friend or volunteering.
Maid of the Loch
Loch Lomond Steamship Company, The Pier, Pier Road, Balloch, G83 8QX
Opening hours: Open to the public from Easter until the end of October. See the website for up to date details and special events.