The Vale of Leven covers the area around the River Vale as it flows from Loch Lomond to the Clyde and is steeped in industrial history. During the 18th century, the area was known for its bleacheries and dyeing of textiles. Alexandria, situated south of Balloch, was home to the Argyll motor works which was at the time, the world's largest motor car works. This historic building now features the Loch Lomond Galleries as well as the interesting Motor Heritage Centre. Nearby is the 4* shopping experience at the Antartex Village Visitor Centre. This former Sheepskin factory houses a vast array of classic knitwear, leisurewear and outdoor clothing such as the Edinburgh Woollen Mill.