Getting there

Balloch sits at the southern end of Loch Lomond, not far from Glasgow. It is easily reached by car and train, and on this page we have put together useful travel directions and transport information to make your journey to Balloch a smooth one. Have a safe trip!

BY CAR

From Glasgow (25 miles)

In normal traffic conditions, your journey from Glasgow to Balloch should take around 35 minutes.

Head west out of Glasgow on the M8, and follow the motorway past Glasgow Airport until Junction 30. Leave the M8 at Junction 30, joining the M898 (Britain’s shortest motorway!) signposted for the Erskine Bridge. This becomes the A898, and you should then go straight across the Erskine Bridge, which is no longer a toll bridge.

Follow signs for A82 Crianlarich – join the A82 and follow it through Dumbarton, always following signs for Crianlarich. Keep following this until Stoneymollan Roundabout at the south end of Loch Lomond. At the roundabout, take the exit signposted for A811 Stirling – then follow local signs for Balloch town centre.

From Edinburgh (71 miles)

Your journey from Edinburgh to Balloch should take about 1 hour 30 minutes in light traffic.

Follow the M8 westbound, all the way past Livingston and through Glasgow. Keep following the motorway, past Glasgow Airport, until you come to Junction 30, when you should leave the M8. You will now join the M898 (Britain’s shortest motorway!) (Britain’s shortest motorway!) signposted for the Erskine Bridge. This becomes the A898, and you should then go straight across the Erskine Bridge, which is no longer a toll bridge.

Follow signs for A82 Crianlarich – join the A82 and follow it through Dumbarton, always following signs for Crianlarich. Keep following this until Stoneymollan Roundabout at the south end of Loch Lomond. At the roundabout, take the exit signposted for A811 Stirling – then follow local signs for Balloch town centre.

From Aberdeen (146 miles)

A journey time of about 3 hours 30 minutes will see you from Aberdeen to Balloch, providing traffic is not heavy.

Take the A90 southbound in the direction of Dundee and Perth. Follow the A90 past Dundee, and then at Perth you should continue onto the M90, and then branch left at Junction 10, following signs for Stirling A9. You should then follow signs for A9 Glasgow and Stirling, before turning onto the A820 about 113 miles into your journey, signposted for Doune. Then turn onto the A84 signposted for Stirling. You should then turn onto Kirk Lane, the B8075, following signs for Gargunnock. After about 2 miles turn right onto the A811 signposted for the Erskine Bridge. Keep following signs for A811 Erskine Bridge until you come to the junction with the B858, and you will eventually come into Balloch, where you should follow local signs for Balloch town centre.

From Inverness (150 miles)

Your journey from Inverness to Balloch should take about 3 hours 30 minutes in normal traffic conditions.

Follow the A82 southbound in the direction of Fort William, passing Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Fort Augustus, Invergarry, Laggan Locks and Spean Bridge. Follow the A82 south, through Fort William, and then up Glen Coe, across the breathtaking Rannoch Moor, through Bridge of Orchy, Tyndrum, Crianlarich, and then down the western side of Loch Lomond.

At Stoneymollan Roundabout, at the southern end of Loch Lomond, you should take the 1st exit onto the A811 signposted for Stirling. This will bring you into Balloch, where you should follow local signs for Balloch town centre.

BY TRAIN

Train run directly to Balloch from Glasgow Queen Street. Less frequently, there is a service running to Balloch from Glasgow Central, with occasional extensions to Motherwell – check local timetables before you travel. Trains are operated by Scotrail and Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT).



BY AIR

Glasgow Airport is just 18 miles from Balloch, with very good direct air connections with other UK cities, as well as flights to a number of destinations in Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia and the United States.

Prestwick Airport (sometimes called Glasgow Prestwick Airport, though in reality it is some distance from Glasgow), 48 miles from Balloch, primarily services the low cost and cargo markets, with passenger connections serving a number of UK and European destinations.

Edinburgh Airport, 64 miles from Balloch, has excellent UK air links, and direct flights to a number of destinations in Europe and the United States.

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