Scotland is frequently listed as one of the top tourism destinations in the world, with people flocking to experience its nature, landscapes, heritage and people. Our masterplan which represents a £30 million tourism investment, will help to realise Balloch’s Tourism Destination vision and establish the town as the true gateway to Loch Lomond.
Our development, named Lomond Banks, will transform an area of Balloch currently marked for tourism and leisure development in the local plan. The vision will include:
- A variety of family accommodation facilities, including a 60-bedroom apart-hotel, 32-bedroom budget accommodation, 131 self-catering units, 6 private houses and 15 apartments
- Facilities for visitors and the local community including a craft brewery, boat house, leisure centre and restaurants
- Landscape upgrades to public footpaths, dog walking routes and greenspaces
With an anticipated completion date of 2024, Lomond Banks expects to bring as many as 80 full time jobs, 50 part-time jobs and up to 70 seasonal posts to an area that is already popular with day-trippers and visitors from all around Scotland and the UK.
This world-class family holiday destination will see more people experience everything the area has to offer in line with the vision that has been held by development agencies and the local authority since the early 1990s.
Inspired by award-winning tourism forest adventure parks and woodland accommodation already on offer in Scotland’s National Parks, Lomond Banks aims to create a quality destination, which is accessible, affordable and family oriented.
The vision will bring new life to the site’s extensive industrial past, by improving biodiversity and providing a visitor hub, active leisure activities, restaurants and cafes, self-catering woodland-lodges and private housing at Woodbank.
Crucially, the masterplan balances protecting the natural woodland setting that is essential to the overall character of the development and the local area, while creating a successful visitor destination that attracts families for days out, holidays and short-breaks.
Local people will have the opportunity to view and comment on the plans as part of the process. The application will be determined by The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Planning & Access Committee.