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Old 12 November 2013, 04:24   #1
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I am trying to plan a summer holiday for the family this year, and taking the boat away with us as well.

I am after any advice about locations, the only way I will get everyone out is if we are on a lake - they wont go out to sea I am also not bothered about the speed limits, as they wont go faster than a walking pace.

My ideal place would be a remote country lake side cottage with a private slip and jetty - so the boat could be launched when we arrive and stay on the water for the whole visit.

I am open to the idea's of static caravans as well, but the winning point would be the boat launching and jetty

Anyone know of anywhere like this?
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Old 12 November 2013, 04:33   #2
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Geographic limits? ie. how long will you tow for...
What about a Scottish sea loch if its sheltered and you can't actually see 'open ocean'?
Budget?
No of people?
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we have stayed on this site on Loch Lomond a few times, worth a look

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Good point Poly, we are in Manchester and would like to stay as close as possible - but for the right place travel would be OK.
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Anyone know of anywhere like this?
Lancs. Hmmm.

1. Liverpool-Belfast ferry
2. 1.5 hour drive to Lough Erne system - (Fermanagh)
3. Huge range of camping/caravan/cabin/hotel options
4. Two enormous lakes, hundreds of islands and jettys - no speed limits!
5. Access into the Shannon system via canal.
6. Close to Atlantic and beaches. Easy launching at Mullaghmore.
7. Compared to the Bigger Island, it's very quiet and they almost speak English.
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Been told Windermere is the water they want to explore....
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Good point Poly, we are in Manchester and would like to stay as close as possible - but for the right place travel would be OK.
Steve, you didn't give a budget or number of people.

Lakes - I did stay somewhere in the lakes that meets your description I'll see if I can dig out the details.

Scotland - For a boat your size you need a pretty big Loch to justify it. I think in terms of inland lochs that will probably limit you to:

- Loch Awe, Loch Lomond, Loch Tay, and Loch Ness.

Awe is popular with the angling community, but I've never taken a boat there. it just doesn't make sense when the whole of the west coast is so close. There will be loch side lodges etc.

Loch Lomond is big, but in Scottish terms quite busy... ...for another wee while in the car you can do better. That said there are places to stay with on-water facilities and its proximity to Glasgow, Stirling etc mean that if the family are not as keen on the boat as you then there will be alternatives to amuse them even if the weather is poor.

Loch Tay - someone recently posted here to say they had just taken on the management of the watersports centre - I assume this is the facility at the caravan/chalet park. I think you could spend a week there - but then you would have completely 'done' it. I am being slightly unfair and people do go back every year, and there are things to do off the water too - but I've always felt the geography of Loch Tay didn't lend itself to adventures on the water - although its fine for playing around in.

Loch Ness - with the connected canal system. For what you describe I think it is too long a trip to justify - not that there is anything wrong with the Loch or the inevitable tourist stuff around the area but you'll have passed several equally credible alternatives to get there.

However, if my leading question about sea lochs peaked your interest then I have an amazing little gem for you. Inevitably that means it is not cheap. The fact it is a little out the way means it is pretty quiet. BUT it is a good 2.5 hrs beyond Glasgow... so you need to be keen. Its in a picturesque part of the world but if the family are looking for amusement parks or organised entertainment then they need to look elsewhere. If this appeals then there are various properties which match depending on budget, no's, quality, etc http://goo.gl/maps/Ej9uv
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If you only want to holiday in England ribbing on fresh lake then the Lake District is your only choice as far as I am aware Steve.
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I know. Really liked the look of that place wilk
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