Balloch Castle Country Park

A view from Balloch Castle Country Park

A view from Balloch Castle Country Park

Here is the See Loch Lomond guide to Balloch Castle Country Park, the only country park in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs.

Getting to Balloch Castle Country Park

Balloch Castle Country Park can be accessed by a variety of types of transport. Balloch is at the end of a train line (from Glasgow), the station is in walking distance to the park, there is also a bus terminus nearby. On two wheels the National Number 7 Cycle Route goes through the park. Sweeney’s Cruises, the long established cruise company has a water bus service between Balloch and Luss. The long distance John Muir Way passes through the park. If you’re heading my car there is parking at the main entrance to the park. For sat nav use the address - 20 Park Ave, Balloch, Alexandria G83 8JS.

Ballloch Castle Country Park, on the Number 7 Cycle Route

Ballloch Castle Country Park, on the Number 7 Cycle Route

Location

Balloch Castle Country Park is located is adjacent to the River Leven, which flows into Loch Lomond. Across on the other side of the loch you can see Cameron House Hotel and the Sea Plane.

 

The History

Balloch Castle Country Park became a public park in the early 20th century, having been initially developed as a private estate, the castle is now closed and not in use. The park hosts the finish of Kiltwalk, an annual charity walk from Glasgow. The park has also famously staged memorable music concerts with Runrig, REM and Oasis all playing in the 1990’s.

River Leven

Alongside the bridge over the River Leven there is a riverside footpath that leads into the park. As you enter the park you will find a children’s playground nearby, there is also a small skate/cycle park.

Walled Garden

One of the highlights of the park is the beautiful walled garden.

More Gardens

Beyond the walled garden here are some of the other plants and flowers from the various other gardens in the park, including a secret garden.

Balloch Castle & Chinese Garden

At the top of the hill within the park is Balloch Castle. Next to it is the amazing Chinese Garden, famed for its rhododendrons. Spring and autumn are great times to visit with some incredible and vibrant colours. There is an additional car park by the castle, this can be found by leaving the Moss o’ Balloch car park and turning left, follow this road heading out of the village until you see the sign for Balloch Castle Country Car Park.

The Fairy Glen

Walk from the Chinese Garden, in the opposite direction of the castle and enjoy the good views of Loch Lomond (as seen at the top of this guide). Eventually you will come to The Fairy Glen and a woodland walk, which in Spring time can feature beautiful bluebells. The path will eventually go alongside the loch, with access to beaches and onto the Slipway Cafe and a couple of children’s play parks.

I hope you enjoyed reading our guide to Balloch Castle Country Park. As with all of our guides we update them from time to time to reflect new developments and new photography.

About

This article and accompanying photographs are by Paul Saunders for See Loch Lomond. Visit Paul’s other websites, Paul Saunders Marketing & Paul Saunders Photography, for his marketing, photography & video services in Loch Lomond and beyond.

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