Things to Do

Loch Lomond Shores is a principal gateway to Scotland’s first National Park. It is Scotland’s most spectacular visitor destination combining the beautiful environment with an outstanding mixture of leisure and shopping experiences overlooking the majesty of Loch Lomond at Balloch.The site is open all year round and access is available to enjoy the stunning scenery all day every day. The buildings are open daily from 10am. There are a number of events held regularly which include tea dances and Kids crafts and soft play in the Gateway Centre

The facilities include

  • Loch Lomond Sealife Centre
  • Whisky Shop
  • Jenners
  • Boats, bikes and pedalos for hire

For a full calendar of events and more information visit www.lochlomondshores.com

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

Situated at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch not far from The Old Smiddy, you will find a modest and committed Bird of Prey Centre with over 28 species ranging from the Little Owl, Kestrels, Buzzards, Hawks, Falcons and Eagles and of course the Golden Eagle. The centre offers guided tours and close up experiences of the birds. A gift shop offers a selection of unique souveniers or why not have your picture taken with on of the birds. For more information see www.llbopc.co.uk

Places to Eat


The Carbeth Inn
is a well known landmark of Scottish history, made famous for the surrounding rolling valleys and stunning views. Just a short stop from Glasgow its easy to get to along The Stockie Muir road (A809) and is on the main tourist route to and from Loch Lomond. Built in 1816 this old house has went from strength to strength and now boasts excellent cuisine using local produce where our award winning and talented chefs are eager to please.

With a gantry of some of the finest wines and spirits Scotland has to offer you‘ll not be short for something to wet your whistle. Ever popular with walking enthusiasts with the queens view just moments away, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite and relax.

Enter through the bar doors and feel welcomed by an array of mouth watering scents and the cosy warmth from our two roaring fires. Or make your way to our two dining areas with yet again more roaring fires and grab a comfortable seat where our friendly staff will cater for your every need. If it’s a wee dram your after or some great pub grub then the Carbeth Inn is the destination for you. Please call us on 01360 770002

The Stables Restaurant

Less than a five minute walk from The Old Smiddy is the Stables Restaurant which offers good food at a reasonable price. Whether it be a light snack of tasty grill ,their extensive menu caters for all. For more information please visit their website at www.stablesrestaurant.com

A ten minute walk takes you into the middle of Balloch where there are more restaurants, Italian restaurants, Chinese and Indian and of course Macdonalds.