Motoring Heritage Centre
When it was built, this amazing Grade A listed building was the largest motor car factory in the world. Its marble and sandstone façade, reminiscent of an Edwardian town hall or railway station, is just part of a factory that originally covered 11 acres. After a six-million-pound restoration, the building now houses the Motoring Heritage Centre and 24 factory-outlet shops.
The Motoring Heritage Centre is owned by the Scottish Motor Museum Trust, run by a dedicated group of unpaid volunteers, and financed by admissions, donations and grant aid. It is graded by the Scottish Tourist Board as a ‘commended’ visitor attraction and chosen by Top Gear magazine as one of the top 50 Transport Museums in Britain.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, this plant was turning out more motor cars than any other factory in Europe. However, this was short lived: in 1910 only 452 were made – half of what was needed to keep the company profitable. Many fine Argyll motor cars found their way to the more prosperous south of England.
Museum, Transport heritage site
7 days a week from 09:30 to 17:30
Closed: Christmas day and 1st January
Group and educational visits by arrangement.
Parking is free and coaches welcome.
There is wheel chair access to all areas and floors (wheel chairs are available).
We are only 18 miles northwest of Glasgow. Follow the A82 to the roundabout, (rotary) where you turn on to the A811. Follow the signs to Balloch and Alexandria. Continue on the A811 for 200 metres to the Balloch roundabout take third exit (right). Follow signposts for Loch Lomond Outlet Shopping Centre, we are 500 metres on the left. Access and free parking is from the main road.
When you visit the Centre, you will be enthralled by the story of Scotland’s motoring history, illustrated with fascinating cars, dioramas, archive film, interpretation panels and automobilia. Scottish-built cars including Argylls are on display, and you can even sit in our 1925 Model T Ford. Sir David Steel (Speaker of the Scottish Parliament) narrates the story of our building, and Scottish motor-sport heroes are to be seen on our giant video-walls. Further videos show historic film of our cars in action.
Land Transport, Personalities
Key artists and exhibits
- Austin Seven cabriolet Pearl
- AC 3000
- Model T Ford
- VW Parabug
- Sunbeam Model 90 motorcycle
- Ford GT40
- Talbot Sunbeam Lotus
- 1931 Thomson Caravan
- 1955 Vauxhall Velox
- White Steamer
- Cossack BMW motorcycle
Motoring Heritage Centre
Loch Lomond Outlet Shopping Centre