Paddle Steamer Maid of the Loch is now open every day through to October from 10am - 5pm with free admission and car parking.
The Tearoom on board is also open everyday from 10am - 5pm serving freshly made sandwiches, hot paninis, toasties, home baked cakes and a selection of teas and coffees. The Tearoom has a range of exclusive Maid of the Loch souvenirs including postcards, mugs, tea towels, and books . Afternoon tea is also available by advance booking (07921 859776) which includes sandwiches, scones, a selection of home baked cakes and tea or coffee. In addition to the tearoom there will be Unicorn Tea Parties throughout the summer which are proving popular.
Throughout the summer there will be guided tours, teddy trails and various music events being held on board to help support the aim of returning the ship to steam on Loch Lomond.
There are “In Steam” days at the steam slipway adjacent to the Maid every Saturday and Sunday from June until the end of September. Visitors can see the steam engine and gearing system in operation; try the interactive displays; or watch the audio visuals describe how the slipway pulls vessels out of the loch.
On the lower deck there is an education suite (part funded by the PSPS Scottish Branch) with displays showing how the Maid was transported in parts from Glasgow and assembled on the slipway before entering service in 1953. There are also various models on display including a large model of the Maid in a glass cabinet. The ship is also available for private functions and events.
Since the mid 1990s the PSPS has supported Maid of the Loch and recently pledged a further £50,000 to help ensure she returns to passenger service on Loch Lomond. Read the previous posting about PSPS support here.