Loch Lomond Shores
Loch Lomond Shores
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Loch Lomond Shores is a stunning 5* rated visitor destination set on the southern tip of Loch Lomond which offers something for everyone. You can shop, eat and play all day in this beautiful setting. Shop - our stores are a range of high street names and small boutique local stores that offer everything from fashion to homeware. Big brands and unique local crafts are all available. Play - with a bird of prey centre, treezone aerial adventures, Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium, adventure golf and adventure play park as well as woodland walks, water sports and bike hire, we've got it covered! Eat - a range of restaurants and cafes mean that whether you want an ice cream, coffee & cake or a gourmet lunch with cocktails, you can enjoy it at Loch Lomond Shores. Loch Lomond Shores also hosts a multitude of events and entertainment throughout the year including twice monthly markets, two of Scotland's biggest food & drink festivals and additional entertainment throughout school holidays.
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  • davidandshona
    Dumfries, United Kingdom2,834 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There's so much more than just the shops
    We hadn't visited here for years and were pleasantly surprised at how much the whole area has been upgraded. We weren't really interested in the shops. Having our dog with us, we found lots of great places to explore around the loch
    Thank you for your review and we hope you don't wait years to visit us again!
    Written 25 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
  • Richard E
    Alexandria, United Kingdom222 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    By the Bonnie Banks
    I have reviewed many places and hotels from various parts of the world, but this time I am reviewing an attraction just two miles from my home. Loch Lomond shores is a mixed retail and leisure centre near the village of Balloch at the southern end of Loch Lomond. The retail part is a crescent of various shops and cafes. For many years the most prominent retailer was Jennings, an upmarket company whose flagship store was in Princes Street, Edinburgh. However, like many others, it stopped trading a few years ago, and their place was taken over by Mike Ashley, and houses two of his businesses, Sport Direct and Frasers.The other stores are a mix of clothing, Scottish souvenirs, a whisky shop, and one selling a great range of spices etc. However, be warned, make sure you have plenty of credit on your card, for prices are high. Most people who visit don't come for the shopping, but to participate in activities on offer, or just to walk around the shoreline and admire the stunning views of the loch. There are boat trips, you can hire rowing boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle bords, pedalos and bikes. A major attraction is the paddle steamer, Maid of the Loch, which operated for about 30 years until around 1980. Since then it has spent most of the time idle alongside a pier. In more recent years a group of volunteers set up a charity to restore the ship, it has been a very slow process with lack of funds making it difficult, but now she is out of the water and undergoing restoration to hopefully see her back sailing again. Theer is also a Sea Life Centre, housed in a round tower building, at the top there is a cafe from which you get amazing views. You can access it without having to pay and visit the acquarium. Other attraction include a bird of prey centre, a treetop experience with walkways suspended between the trees , picnic areas, crazy golf and a large childrens play area. At times there is a land train to take you around the area, and twice monthly there is a farmers market Car parking is free, and there are hundreds of spaces, including a large number of disabled spaces. This is a popular visit for tourists, but being only 40 minutes from Glasgow by train, and similar to drive, weekends are busy during the spring to autumn seasons, but still popular even in winter, when the nearby Ben Lomond is often snow clad. The village of Balloch is just a short walk away, here you will find a few shops, pubs, restaurants and a supermarket. More boat trips operate from here. If you have never been, I would recommend you give it a visit.
    Thank you for taking the time to review Loch Lomond Shores. You've covered off lots and provided good information for those thinking about visiting.
    Written 25 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 March 2024
  • Don Ravioli
    Exeter, United Kingdom61 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loch Lomond shopping
    A quiet walk and shopping with the family Visited the shores shopping centre after a drive about the loch. Popped into the village of LUSS Which where "take the high road" was filmed. Beautiful views Shopping centre full of designer gear and Scottish keepsakes. Picked up some bits and bobs, had a lovely scone and cup of coffee. Definitely worth a look and a visit to LUSS.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 April 2024
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TheLeopard79
Birmingham, UK1,319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Found a wonderful shopping area including a house of fresh air which was very large and full of fantastic items and fantastic volumes brought many items from here a most for all shopping lovers.
Written 24 May 2024
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Jacobite1745
Scotland24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Well did try and visit . Forget it if you are in anything bigger than a car. The car parks are awful with no room to manouvre . Couldn't get out quick enough.
Written 29 April 2024
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Don Ravioli
Exeter, UK61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A quiet walk and shopping with the family
Visited the shores shopping centre after a drive about the loch.
Popped into the village of LUSS
Which where "take the high road" was filmed.
Beautiful views
Shopping centre full of designer gear and Scottish keepsakes.
Picked up some bits and bobs, had a lovely scone and cup of coffee.

Definitely worth a look and a visit to LUSS.

Written 28 April 2024
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Richard E
Alexandria, UK222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I have reviewed many places and hotels from various parts of the world, but this time I am reviewing an attraction just two miles from my home.
Loch Lomond shores is a mixed retail and leisure centre near the village of Balloch at the southern end of Loch Lomond. The retail part is a crescent of various shops and cafes. For many years the most prominent retailer was Jennings, an upmarket company whose flagship store was in Princes Street, Edinburgh. However, like many others, it stopped trading a few years ago, and their place was taken over by Mike Ashley, and houses two of his businesses, Sport Direct and Frasers.The other stores are a mix of clothing, Scottish souvenirs, a whisky shop, and one selling a great range of spices etc. However, be warned, make sure you have plenty of credit on your card, for prices are high.
Most people who visit don't come for the shopping, but to participate in activities on offer, or just to walk around the shoreline and admire the stunning views of the loch. There are boat trips, you can hire rowing boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle bords, pedalos and bikes.
A major attraction is the paddle steamer, Maid of the Loch, which operated for about 30 years until around 1980. Since then it has spent most of the time idle alongside a pier. In more recent years a group of volunteers set up a charity to restore the ship, it has been a very slow process with lack of funds making it difficult, but now she is out of the water and undergoing restoration to hopefully see her back sailing again.
Theer is also a Sea Life Centre, housed in a round tower building, at the top there is a cafe from which you get amazing views. You can access it without having to pay and visit the acquarium.
Other attraction include a bird of prey centre, a treetop experience with walkways suspended between the trees , picnic areas, crazy golf and a large childrens play area. At times there is a land train to take you around the area, and twice monthly there is a farmers market
Car parking is free, and there are hundreds of spaces, including a large number of disabled spaces. This is a popular visit for tourists, but being only 40 minutes from Glasgow by train, and similar to drive, weekends are busy during the spring to autumn seasons, but still popular even in winter, when the nearby Ben Lomond is often snow clad.
The village of Balloch is just a short walk away, here you will find a few shops, pubs, restaurants and a supermarket. More boat trips operate from here.
If you have never been, I would recommend you give it a visit.
Written 31 March 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to review Loch Lomond Shores. You've covered off lots and provided good information for those thinking about visiting.
Written 25 April 2024
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davidandshona
Dumfries, UK2,834 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We hadn't visited here for years and were pleasantly surprised at how much the whole area has been upgraded. We weren't really interested in the shops. Having our dog with us, we found lots of great places to explore around the loch
Written 21 March 2024
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Thank you for your review and we hope you don't wait years to visit us again!
Written 25 April 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Considered Review
Norwich, UK1,083 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A nice modern-ish retail park nestling at the lochside edge with woodland walks, fairground rides, and aquarium and plenty of ducks to feed. A perfect family place to visit for an hour or two.
Written 27 February 2024
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Thank you for your review and we're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and found lots to see and do. We hope you visit again soon.
Written 25 April 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Holidaysnfun73
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK829 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
I visit Lomond shores at least once a year but always around the festive period.

I arrive by train from Glasgow and the shops are a short easy walk away.

I would say between 10 & 15 mins.

The shops are literally on the shores of the loch in a fabulous setting.

You enter via “ sports direct “ then into Frazers ( same group )
Followed straight through into a few more traditional Scottish tourist type stores with a few other stores, our door clothing & a shoe shop along with a Thorntons cafe.
I love shopping I live in a major city in England and have amazing shops in my doorstep so I don’t overly “ rate “ the shopping as such but I always buy a few pieces.
For me it is 100 % the setting which attracts me.
I have fond memories of Balloch and the shores.

Even if staying in Glasgow I feel it’s worth the train journey £6.80 return from Glasgow Queen street in around 40 mins or so.

The staff who served us were all super friendly , the stores are a nice “ experience “

I hope to be back in a few weeks and I already can’t wait for my Lomond shores fix ( I spotted some fab biba items which I should have picked up )

Go and enjoy,
Try the Balloch house for lunch or a nice hot chocolate by the open fire.
Written 9 November 2023
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Thank you for your review and we're delighted you enjoyed your visit. As you say, we're only around 10 minutes walk from the station so, on a nice day, it's a lovely wee stroll to get to us.
Written 25 April 2024
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R G
Dublin, Ireland1,028 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Stunning scenery a real feast for the eyes with the added attractions plenty of restaurants to chose from.
Written 5 October 2023
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Thank you for your review and, as you say, our views up to loch to Ben Lomond and surrounding scenery, are beautiful - especially when the sun shines!
Written 25 April 2024
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JWellingtonWimpy
Scotland, UK601 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Visited here last week with my mum and was really disappointed! There's hardly any shops! We didn't buy anything as after we'd paid for lunch, we had no cash left. Everything is so expensive and there were no bargains. House of Fraser is the nicest shop there, but everything cost so much! There are a few token Scottish souvenir type shops selling things for tourists. It was really busy with coach parties of pensioners and foreign teenagers. There are only two places to eat - Cafe Zest or a small Thornton's coffee shop (with no menu outside so you don't know what they have to eat/drink until you go in and sit down). You can sit outside to eat, but seagulls were swooping down on people trying to get their food. There's burger vans too. We went round it in about 15 minutes. The designer label shop is aimed at much older people, maybe in their 80s. We were really disappointed with our trip.
Written 22 July 2023
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We're sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience. We've now got Jurassic Grill on site, adding to the Cafe Zest and Caffe at The Shores. There's also a cafe within SEA LIFE you can visit. We do recognise that we don't have a vast amount of stores but we do have a good mix - with high street big names, as well as smaller boutique style stores run by local businesses. However, what what we do have is woodland walks, beaches, SEA LIFE, a Bird of Prey Centre, adventure golf, tree top adventure and lots of boat and water sport activities - hopefully something for everyone. We hope you give us another try and get to enjoy more of what we offer during your next visit!
Written 25 April 2024
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The Hush-Hush Reviewer
Stoke-on-Trent, UK1,002 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Been here a couple times before. Always a wonderful place to be. We went oj a cruise across the Loch. Even though it was wet, we enjoyed the scenes
Written 17 July 2023
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Thank you for your review and we're glad you had a great visit. Sweeney's Cruises and Loch Lomond Leisure now both offer peak season cruises and boat tours so we hope you'll come down and enjoy another one sometime soon.
Written 25 April 2024
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