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Old 07 March 2017, 21:00   #1
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Holy Loch

Does anyone ever tour or go to Holy Loch?

I was there onboard my submarine in 1988-1989.

I loved all the sailboats around there, unfortunately I wasn't able to do any boating while there. Sure did look like a nice area, and the locals were very nice too.

Anyone have any stories or photos? The USN sites gone, but I'd like to go back with the wife and kids someday. Maybe even explore the area on a inflatable boat.

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Yes we live close to largs and occasionally go into holy loch for the night in our cruiser the whole of the firth of Clyde is like our back yard.
Prety much all that's left of the former Base is a couple of huge mooring bouys at the head of the Loch
There are a few yacht charter companies around if you wanted to explore by water but currently little oportunity to hire ribs in the area
There are several other members on the forum from the area.
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Is Sandbank marina not built on the remnants of the old USN base ?
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Is Sandbank marina not built on the remnants of the old USN base ?
I think it is yes but first time we were in there was 10 years ago and the marina was well established by then so I guess it's changed a lot since the op was in there in his sub
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Where's Doug Crockett when you need him ?

Doug used to organise fantastic cruises from the Clyde ( and Oban ) until quite recently . I believe he still sails there ? Many happy memories of the Scenery and good company . I recall the locals from Holy Loch speaking very affectionately about the USN .
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Doug is still about I think. I sometimes see him out and about, was tied alongside him for the powerboat event last year on the clyde.
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Great photo's, I don't remember it being that sunny. I remember mostly overcast or rain usually.

Thats good a marina is there! I didn't know.

One of my best memories ever was New Year's Eve- 1988, Holy Loch, I was standing topside watch at midnight on the sub. When the New Year struck - All the cars honking, tugboats and some fireworks. Stars out a night...really dark as compared to Colorado. Kind of a neat quiet moment and I actually felt like a sailor for once (I had been in technical Navy schools for two years and up to then the Navy felt like attending a University).

I had met a cute girl named Carol in Dunoon, might of married her... but I had just met another girl back in the states that I really liked...she' my wife today.



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Hey Erik , we were staying at a B&B in Dunoon , the land lady's name was Carol ! The 19 year old twins were doing fine

It was always sunny on the Clyde ! and never a midge in sight

( This can be verified with the Scottish Tourist Board )
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Hey Erik , we were staying at a B&B in Dunoon , the land lady's name was Carol ! The 19 year old twins were doing fine



It was always sunny on the Clyde ! and never a midge in sight



( This can be verified with the Scottish Tourist Board )


Liked your last pic as a Rothesay boy!!
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Some more from the W/C (West Coast ) then Billie , just for you.......
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