We are pleased to say that the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway in Balloch has now reopened for launching and retrieval.
New procedures have been put in place to ensure that the site can be used safely, in line with Scottish Government guidance. In light of this, the site will not operate as it did before, and this may mean that using the site takes longer than usual. We ask that you please bear with us, be patient and respect our staff and each other while using the facility at this time.
Please take some time to read over the checklist and information below to make sure you know what to expect when using the slipway and to help your visit run as smoothly as possible.
✓ Have your completed documentation ready for registration or re-registration, plus your photographic ID. Find out more about registering your boat.
✓ Bring your bank card or contactless payment method (we no longer accept cash payments).
✓ Bring all personal safety or hygiene equipment you require, such as hand sanitizers and face coverings to wear while on the pontoon, where physical distancing is more difficult.
✓ Make sure you ‘go’ before you go and only use the on-site toilets if you really need to.
✓ Plan your parking. There will be priority parking for vehicles and trailers however, to maximise the space available to slipway users, we would ask that cars not towing boats/trailers park elsewhere.
✓ Please adhere to the Loch Lomond Navigation Byelaws.
✓ Please ensure your vessel is in good working order (e.g. no oil leaks or engine failure) and have an alternative method of propulsion on board.
✓ Please ensure you have sufficient life jackets on board your vessel. This is a requirement of the Loch Lomond Byelaws.
✓ We have put in place a staggered queuing system while you wait to launch. Please follow signage on-site and advice from Rangers at all times. Please be patient and respectful if things take a little longer than usual.
✓ To protect yourself and others, we ask that you wear face coverings when using the pontoon as physical distancing will be more difficult.
✓ Bear in mind that there are no changing facilities or showers available.
✓ Follow safety guidance on physical distancing if you need to use the toilet facilities and be prepared for queues.
The Registration Office at the Slipway will be open from 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
Throughout October 2020 we are trialling 24 hour access to the slipway site. This may be withdrawn at any time, therefore please check in advance before making any journey to the site. Charges still apply for use of the slipway outside of the Registration Office opening times. Should you wish to launch outside of these times, please either make payment in advance at the Registration Office by calling 01389 722030 during opening hours or make your payment online. Your vessel must be registered and displaying the registration number and annual mark prior to launching.
All Multiple Launch Passes that were valid at the point Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway was closed (Sunday 22nd March) have been extended. The extension covers the period for which the Multiple Launch Pass was valid during our site closure (16 weeks). For example, a Multiple Launch Pass that was due to expire on 1st April 2020 will now expire on 21st July 2020 or a Multiple Launch Pass that was originally valid until 31st July 2020 will now have an expiry date of 19th November 2020.
Are you planning on using a motorised vessel on Loch Lomond? You’ll need to register it with us. We introduced Byelaws to increase safety on the water and to reduce the impact the National Park’s visitors have on the loch and its wildlife.
You can submit a new/re-registration form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the address below.
Charges apply to motorised boat launches at the slipway. These charges help us to provide facilities and services across the National Park including at the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway.
Please note that for security reasons we no longer accept cash payments at Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway.
For more information, please visit our boat registration page.
Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway
Balloch G83 8QX
Tel: 01389 722030
VHF: Channel 16 or M2
Call Sign: National Park Slipway