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BALLOCH CENTRAL STATION, now the Visit Scotland i-Centre, Balloch, G83 8SS

Across from the current station.

ACCESS : Easy access for all. Check opening times. Now a Visit Scotland i-Centre. 

Note : [2024]. The online age has impacted the ways these centres work and many are closing. The rationale is not so much to down with footfall as the way people plan and pre-research their trips. In-person visits to some extent reflects late planning and it is intended to encourage our visitors to do more in advance. Add to that the increasing availability to access information through the web on the go. 


In days of old visitors would throng to Loch Lomond from places like Glasgow. The whole excursion could take the whole day with much of it by rail. Visitors would alight or pass through here before heading on to the steamers on the Loch. 

At one time a further section of line ran up almost to the steamers at Balloch Pier Station. That closed in 1986 with Balloch Central Station, this building, clsoing two years later. 

Today this quaint building is no longer the station, but a visitor information centre. The railway still serves Balloch, but with a simpler station and building just Balloch Road at the corner with Tullichewan Road. But visitors can still visit the old station building in its new role before heading for the last remaining steamer on Loch Lomond or the Lomond Shores Shopping Centre. A bit of a walk, but pleasant. Follow the footpath to the left of the information centre. It is flat and wheelchair accessible.

Also see MAID OF THE LOCH index.asp?pageid=715792. This paddle steamer is tied up and undergoing restoration, but still welcomes visitors.  

The old station building is not listed, perhaps because so much has been removed from it, but still contributes to the streetscape and historic context of Balloch. The Canmore website below gives some interesting photographs of when it was part of a fully functioning railway station. It was opened as Balloch Station in 1850, and renamed Balloch Central Station by British Railways in 1952, emphasising its identity within the village with another station at Balloch Pier.

While still a dream, there are those who would like to see a link right through to the slipway and the Maid of the Loch, Lomond Shores being closeby. This could be a cableway.

This map of 1860 shows the railway going all the way to the Balloch Pier. Just to the north of where it crosses Stirling Road, you can see this station building. There were therefore two stations in Balloch, one at the pier and one here. NLS ©

CANMORE : https://canmore.org.uk/site/126341/balloch-central-station

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND website : Dumbartonshire, Sheet XVIII Survey date: 1860,  Publication date: 1864

VISIT SCOTLAND website : https://www.visitscotland.com/info/services/balloch-icentre-p332391

WIKIPEDIA : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balloch_Central_railway_station and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balloch_Pier_railway_station

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