Year Ends on a High for Loch Lomond Shores
5 Star visitor attraction and retail complex Loch Lomond Shores had another record-breaking year as visitors flocked to the lochside attraction in droves.
Over 1.2 million people visited the site since the start of 2015, making it one of the most visited free attractions in Scotland. Visitor numbers have continued to grow since the site first opening in 2002. 1,172,832 people visited in 2014, with a growth of almost 6% in 2015. The final number of visitors is 1,252,107.
A number of new attractions and events contributed to the record-breaking year, as well as existing events continuing to prove popular, such as the Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival. 2015 was the 10th year of the festival, with almost 30,000 visitors soaking up the atmosphere over two days. New for 2015 was Springfest, a food and drink festival which took place in early April as part of the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland.
Other new additions included TreeZone Aerial Adventure Course, Queen of the Loch hotel and carvery, and Adventure Kitchen, a café specialising in gluten-free dishes and the new hub for booking outdoor activities with Can You Experience. This year also saw the triumphant return of the itison Drive In Movies, who last brought their unique movie experience to Loch Lomond Shores in 2013. Over 20,000 people parked up over seven days for popular Christmas films including Elf, Frozen and Home Alone.
Clare Gemmell, General Manager at Loch Lomond Shores said, “We are ecstatic that so many visitors chose to visit us in 2015. The record high is a great boost for the many businesses on site and to say we are thrilled is an understatement. The site team has worked exceptionally hard to deliver our largest events programme to date, as well as maintain the site to always look its best.”
The pressure is now on for Loch Lomond Shores to build on 2015’s momentum. Clare went on to say: “It’s now our mission to make 2016 even bigger and better than last year!”
Early 2016 should see the completion of major groundworks which started last year, with the site’s paths and walkways being refreshed.
The next major event scheduled to take place on the banks of Loch Lomond is the second Springfest, which will celebrate the best of Scottish food and drink on 2th & 3th April 2016.
Notes to Editors:
Loch Lomond Shores is the gateway to Scotland’s first national park and is situated at Ben Lomond Way, Balloch, G83 8QL.
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