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Old 25 August 2014, 17:25   #11
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That's as long as you don't get a jobs worth like Tony & I did.
I can't imagine a jobs worth lasting too long with yourself and Tony Mick, he must have been either very brave or very stupid to take you two on

when we had our last sib, I think in 2001, we were pulled over by the loch ranger for speeding between the islands, which to be honest we were but I hadn't realised at the time , but I swear it was a submersible rib they had, it just appeared from no where, bit like Kerny in Das Boot, anyway they were very pleasant about it and just pointed out the speed limits and sent us on our way

last time we were up there we had a blast with the rangers alongside their Redbay cabin rib, nice piece of kit that it is
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Old 25 August 2014, 17:29   #12
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'Twas a woman and we used her jetty to get the dogs off , I let TT sort her out.
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'Twas a woman and we used her jetty to get the dogs off , I let TT sort her out.
good thinking Mick, those many years of training in the diplomatic core came in useful after all
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Old 25 August 2014, 19:36   #15
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there are various threads on here over the years if you search. It can make a very good weekend or even a week, but if you are up this way there is some amazing salty stuff crying out for attention too - and in many ways it is better because its a bit less touristy!
I hear what you are saying Poly. I have done the West Coast Scottish salty stuff a lot as I live in Ayrshire and work in Glasgow.
You could say I am almost a local to Loch Lomond.
Just one of those things never gone there as I have always looked at it as a tourist mecca
Driving past it on a regular basis has made me want to get out on the water and see it from another perspective.
Now that I know what is required I will try and secure a window of opportunity to get out and do it!
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I hear what you are saying Poly. I have done the West Coast Scottish salty stuff a lot as I live in Ayrshire and work in Glasgow.
You could say I am almost a local to Loch Lomond.
Just one of those things never gone there as I have always looked at it as a tourist mecca
Driving past it on a regular basis has made me want to get out on the water and see it from another perspective.
Now that I know what is required I will try and secure a window of opportunity to get out and do it!
Ah sorry, hadn't realised you were local. In that case its definitely worth a trip. My personal preference is the middle of winter in the middle of a high pressure - you know those crisp clear days. There is nobody around, and the rangers* have a bit more time to be helpful.

A long day-trip from Balloch to Inversnaid, or all the way up to the Drovers Inn for lunch and back, or a more leisurely weekend trip. You'd get fed up doing it a lot but nice for a change (and no tide to worry about). On a reasonable sized RIB that trip is trivial, but for us SIB, and small RIB owners its a fair journey.


*The rangers are generally OK, but I can see how they might annoy if you see them as traffic wardens rather than trying to make everyone's enjoyment of the park better. They can get a bit brusque on busy days - in that regard don't turn up to launch at 1pm on a sunny Bank Holiday.
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We registered last year, cost a 5 for the paper work and numbers and then 3 for the two plastic boards to stick the numbers on to. Paper work/booklet shows speed limits,,,,, mainly in the middle around the islands.
Stopped at Milarochy Bay and having no trailer no fees for launching.
Well worth it,,,, 23miles of fresh water loch to go round,,,, but never saw the wallabies on the big island.
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any recommendations for campsites with good access to the water not bothered about clubhouse or karaoke lol just good clean facility's. we have a caravan at loch ken (lot more expensive than mentioned above to get on the water) but would be nice to try somewhere bigger , different for the odd weekend
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any recommendations for campsites with good access to the water not bothered about clubhouse or karaoke lol just good clean facility's. we have a caravan at loch ken (lot more expensive than mentioned above to get on the water) but would be nice to try somewhere bigger , different for the odd weekend
Milarrochy Bay Camping & Caravan Club site, direct access to the water and a really nice site
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