Come on board and be amazed by the wonders of the Queen of Scottish Lochs.
Just a short journey from Glasgow, Loch Lomond is an incredible area of remote beauty ready to be explored. Home to Scotland’s first National Park, it is a place where wooded glens meet snow-capped peaks and dramatic skylines.
Travelling there by train is easy and convenient and there are a number of stations serving the area. Balloch station sits at the southern end of the loch and is the gateway to the National Park. From here you can enjoy activities from walking and cycling to wildlife and watersports, with some of the best outdoor facilities on offer.
Your journey to Balloch
Train services run to Balloch from early in the morning to well into the evening, with travel to and from Glasgow Queen Street in under an hour. Enjoy a full day out packed with exciting activities, or make Loch Lomond part of your Glasgow day out before catching the train back into the city centre.
The station is within easy reach of a wide range of shops, restaurants, pubs and hotels. Loch Lomond Shores is a short walk from the station for retail therapy or the adventure of the Sea Life Aquarium, and the station is also the starting point for ferry trips, and walking or cycling tours of the loch, National Park and further afield.
Balloch VisitScotland Information Centre is just across the road from the station where you can pick up a local map and get suggestions for what to do in the area. You can also learn everything about the loch and its surrounding wildlife scenery at the National Park Gateway Centre (re-opening Summer 2016).
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West Highland Line to Arrochar & Tarbet
You'll enjoy a privileged view of the northern edges of Loch Lomond when you travel on the stunning West Highland line (voted 'Top Railway Journey in The World'). Take in the views from the relaxed comfort of the train for a truly unforgettable experience.
After leaving Glasgow Queen Street, you'll get a fantastic view of the Firth of Clyde and the sealochs of Gare Loch and Loch Long before you arrive at Arrochar & Tarbet station.
Located at the northern end of Loch Lomond, Arrochar and Tarbet are regular bases for walking in the Arrochar Alps and the popular cruises from Tarbet. If you continue up the side of the loch, you will get to Ardlui and Crianlarich before the rail line splits and wends its way north to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig.
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A great family day out
Your ScotRail ticket provides you with great offers and things to do for the whole family. Take advantage of 2FOR1 entry to a range of attractions when you travel by train, or plan an adventure with our great value Kids Go Free ticket.
Just five minutes' walk from Balloch station, the Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to a spectacular aquarium as well as Scotland's leading seal hospital. Explore an amazing underwater world and take a fascinating journey from the Loch Lomond shores to the ocean depths through seven themed zones.
Join one of Sweeney's daily scheduled cruises or Waterbus services from Balloch for an unrivalled experience of history, legend and the flawless natural beauty of Loch Lomond. Kids under 5 travel free.
From Tarbet, you'll find more options to explore idyllic and inaccessible areas with Cruise Loch Lomond. The pier is a 15 minute walk from Arrochar & Tarbet station.
Visit the Loch Lomond Trossachs website for the latest updates on events, festivals, walking, cycling and other activities in the National Park.
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- Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium 2FOR1 offer / Kids Go Free offer
- Sweeney's Cruises Kids Go Free offer
- Cruise Loch Lomond website
- Loch Lomond Trossachs website
For further information about accommodation, events and things to do, visit Love Loch Lomond
Book the perfect ticket for you
We offer a wide range of train tickets to suit your needs.
You'll get the best deals and savings when you book in advance or travel off-peak, and return tickets between Glasgow and Balloch start at under £6.
Taking the kids? Our Kids Go Free tickets (where up to two children aged 5-15 can travel free off-peak with each adult) are the perfect partner for your memorable family day out.