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National Park slipways

While lockdown restrictions continue to ease, it’s important to keep up to date with the latest Scottish Government guidance. Please plan ahead before you visit the National Park and read our advice for visitors.

Procedures are in place at Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway 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.

To help reduce queuing times we encourage all Loch users who need to apply for a new registration and those who have yet to re-register for 2021 to follow the guidance on our boat registration page.

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.

Checklist: Before you arrive

✓ 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 limited day parking for vehicles without 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.

Checklist: Once you arrive

✓ 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.

Opening times

  • 8:30am – 7.30pm (7 days)

Boat registration

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.

Find out more about registering your boat.

Where to find us

Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway
Pier Road
Balloch G83 8QX
Tel: 01389 722030
VHF: Channel 16 or M2
Call Sign: National Park Slipway

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