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National Park slipways

[Update: 19/02/20201]: A programme of inspection work will be undertaken from 1-5th March (inclusive) which will require divers to be in the water on Loch Lomond. For this reason, there will be no public access to the below piers/pontoons on these dates:
 
  • 1st March: Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway and Drumkinnon Bay 
  • 2nd March: Inchcailloch and Luss 
  • 3rd March: Tarbet pier and Inveruglas pontoon
  • 4th March: Inversnaid Pier 
  • 5th March: TBC 

Due to updated lockdown measures which come into effect from Saturday 26 December, Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway, including the car park,  slipway building and toilet facilities be closed from 1.30pm on Thursday 24 December until further notice.

The closure will be reviewed in line with changes to protection levels and Scottish Government guidance. Once the slipway reopens procedures will remain 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.

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 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.

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

In line with Scottish Government guidelines and protection levels in place across Scotland from Saturday 26 December, the slipway, including the car park, building and toilets, will be closed from 1.30pm on 24 December until further notice. This will be reviewed in line with changes to guidance from the Scottish Government. Please continue to check this page for further updates.

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.

Boat registration will still be available online and via email while the building remains closed. Find out more on our registering your boat webpage.

You can submit a new/re-registration form via email to boatregistration@lochlomond-trossachs.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.

Re-registration

We expect that all re-registration forms have now been posted. Please complete the re-registration form and return by post to:

Boat Registration Officer, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Carrochan, Carrochan Road, Balloch, G83 8EG

Once we receive this, we will process the re-registration then will post out Annual Marks for 2021. As the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway remains closed at this time, we can only accept forms by post. Please bear in mind there may be some delays this year due to the difficulties of operating during the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.

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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