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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Centre
“A short walk from your location, in the centre of Balloch, loch Lomond Shores has a bit of everything, shopping mall, water activities on loch Lomond, the sea life centre, cafes, play area for the kids, and the world-famous Maid of the Loch paddle steamer. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The castle is set high upon a volcanic rock in the Firth of Clyde in nearby Dumbarton. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“A short walk from your location, with beautiful views over loch Lomond and some great sights including the walled gardens and Balloch Castle and its free entry.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cinema
“48 minutes. A handy go-to place on a wet day. Tucked away behind the retail section of Loch Lomond Shores, this is a place you are not likely to stumble across. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Place to shop
“open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm but closed 25th and 26th Dec and 1st and 2nd Jan.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Quaint country pub or restaurant that allows dogs in the nine bookable bar side of the premises. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Lodging
“Another dog friendly pub! Relaxed yet light and airy atmosphere. Has an open fire and outside seating area. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
  • 2 locals recommend
Spa
“The Boat House Restaurant, on the shore Loch Lomond is a great alternative for those seeking a relaxed atmosphere and great local seafood. Located just a short stroll from the hotel, down by the water’s edge, the nautical themed décor and views overlooking the vibrant marina greet you as you enter The Boat House. You’ll be served the freshest fish and locally sourced produce, all served with a smile from our friendly staff. Direct Dial 01389 722585”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“It's fab and right on the shores of Loch Lomond. Great walk up Conic Hill for amazing views of the loch starting from the car park opposite the pub”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“5 minutes drive from Ravenswood, welcoming and friendly service. Modern bistro extensive menu, live music at weekends. Booking recommended. Lamas, horses, ponies at site. Popular for locals and visitors for meals and celebrations.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Trail
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“I love this restaurant, great food and atmosphere. If you are in Ballock, I definitely recommend this place”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Just a 20-minute drive from your location The Devils Pulpit is such a beautiful place filled with mystery and enchantment it's a must-visit also if you are a fan of outlander the tv programme, they did some of the scenes here.”
  • 1 local recommends
Zoo
“Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre is located in a natural woodland. With purpose built housings, it is an ideal setting for nearly 40 Birds of Prey & Owls. The centre is home to over 20 Owls, representing every native species as well as unique or unusual species from other parts of the world. See "Orla", the magnificent Golden Eagle. And learn of our successes in rehabilitation of wild Birds of Prey & Owls. The education cabin provides a comfortable environment to learn about our residents. Full of information and displays of eggs, skulls and feathers. Children (and adults) can complete the quiz sheets or colour in sheets of our various birds. An educational day out for all ages, and a chance to relax in wonderful surroundings.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“Lovely wood burning fires in Winter and a very homely atmosphere with good food”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“You’re in Helensburgh so you need to visit Loch Lomond - there’s a good reason it’s regarded as one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland. (In Scotland we have ‘Lochs’ instead of ‘lakes’). It’s truly beautiful and there’s no better way to see it than from on the water. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“5 minutes drive from Ravenswood, welcoming and friendly service. Modern bistro extensive menu, live music at weekends. Booking recommended. Lamas, horses, ponies at site. Popular for locals and visitors for meals and celebrations.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Trail
“I love this restaurant, great food and atmosphere. If you are in Ballock, I definitely recommend this place”
  • 4 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Excellent cuisine at the local 5 star hotel. Book early to avoid disappointment.”
  • 1 local recommends
Italian Restaurant
“A great litte Italian restaurant only 5 minutes' drive away. They also do take away.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“5 Minutes walk from Ravenswood. Extensive menu, mid price range, excellent service. Popular choice for locals and visitors, booking recommended. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Food
  • 1 local recommends
American Restaurant
“If you like American diners. Only 10 minutes walk away in the St James retail Park”
  • 1 local recommends

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