Lomondgate on the way to being tourist must-see


The recent opening of a new fish restaurant and proposals to extend the site’s Premier Inn hotel are the next step towards establishing the Lomondgate Development on the A82 at Dumbarton as the next big tourist-led development in Scotland, according to bosses.

The partners behind the £140 million development, Walker Group and Strathleven Regeneration, have likened the site to the popular House of Bruar country shop in Perthshire and are now promoting the remaining development site at Lomondgate Services for a tourism and visitor facility.

Situated minutes from Loch Lomond, the mixed-use development features a variety of visitor services with the new Joconelli’s fish diner being the latest. Completed in October, the opening of the restaurant has led to the creation of 20 jobs and joins Scotland’s first drive-thru Costa coffee outlet, which opened earlier this year. The site’s 60-room Premier Inn hotel and Malt & Myre restaurant on the site are also set to be extended by the Whitbread Group.

Bruce Walker, managing director of the Walker Group said, “All the operators at Lomondgate Services have reported brisk trading, with ambitious expectations being exceeded. Whitbread’s plans to extend the Premier Inn are testament to the strength of the location and we believe that the site at Lomondgate Services now being marketed is probably the best opportunity for visitor-oriented commercial development in the country.”