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Old 31 January 2009, 12:49   #1
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Scotish locks

I'm planning this years family holiday and fancy taking the RIB. Can anyone tell me what Locks allow motorboats, great landscapes for some landscape photography and somewhere with local cottages to higher. Friend has a cottage on the isle of Mull but wife wont let me take the kids out to sea
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are you looking to go on the canal or are you looking at going on the Lochs?
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I'm planning this years family holiday and fancy taking the RIB. Can anyone tell me what Locks allow motorboats, great landscapes for some landscape photography and somewhere with local cottages to higher. Friend has a cottage on the isle of Mull but wife wont let me take the kids out to sea
You'll upset the natives calling them loCKs they are loCHs

The obvious options would be Loch Lomond, or Loch Ness (and the other lochs that link to form the Caledonian Canal). Most other freshwater/inland lochs are going to be fairly small for any sort of cruising. Many of the sea lochs are also very sheltered (and can be more so than 30 miles of fetch down loch lomond) - but it depends if you can convince the wife. Depending how attentive she is she may not even realise it is the see e.g. Loch Sween where the tidal range is fairly low!

The only other inland loch that springs to mind where pleasure motor boats are common is Loch Tay. Other than that most motor boats will be for sailing club coaching/safety or fishing.

Anywhere picturesque will have cottages to rent. All the big lochs (lomond, ness, tay) will provide ample photo opportunities - but could be a bit cliched depending what you want.
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You'll upset the natives calling them loCKs they are loCHs

The obvious options would be Loch Lomond, or Loch Ness (and the other lochs that link to form the Caledonian Canal). Most other freshwater/inland lochs are going to be fairly small for any sort of cruising. Many of the sea lochs are also very sheltered (and can be more so than 30 miles of fetch down loch lomond) - but it depends if you can convince the wife. Depending how attentive she is she may not even realise it is the see e.g. Loch Sween where the tidal range is fairly low!

The only other inland loch that springs to mind where pleasure motor boats are common is Loch Tay. Other than that most motor boats will be for sailing club coaching/safety or fishing.

Anywhere picturesque will have cottages to rent. All the big lochs (lomond, ness, tay) will provide ample photo opportunities - but could be a bit cliched depending what you want.
Sorry, My spelling isn't the best

Lomond and ness are beautiful places but have been done to death.
Mate of mine goes up there when he can, there's few shots of his on this link
Need to find somewhere he hasn't been to get one up
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We stayed at Knoydart during autumn half term fantastic scenery and a great pub , sea loch extends miles inland and can be smooth water .Wife and children can cross to Inverie by daily ferry fro Mallaig whilst u rib it over 7 miles .OK slip at Mallaig if 4wd but we had to be craned in due to size . Alternative is Arisaig a few miles down the coast .We had a mooring for the week kindly free from the pub www.theoldforge.co.uk/The Olde Forge .Many cottages to rent . check Knoydart Foundation for more info.
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Old 31 January 2009, 14:12   #6
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We stayed at Knoydart during autumn half term fantastic scenery and a great pub , sea loch extends miles inland and can be smooth water .Wife and children can cross to Inverie by daily ferry fro Mallaig whilst u rib it over 7 miles .OK slip at Mallaig if 4wd but we had to be craned in due to size . Alternative is Arisaig a few miles down the coast .We had a mooring for the week kindly free from the pub www.theoldforge.co.uk/The Olde Forge .Many cottages to rent . check Knoydart Foundation for more info.
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Lomond and ness are beatiful places but have been done to death.
Mate of mine goes up there when he can, there's few shots of his on this link
Need to find somewhere he hasn't been to get one up
yeah that's what I meant by cliched. I think you will need to look towards the sea then to get good scenery and good boating.
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I can recommend Loch Nevis and Knoydart as well. Nice long loch with the opportunity of hopping to Skye plus two very good eating places on the loch for dropping into. Lots of places to stop for a picnic on the way up the loch plus stunning scenery
Beats the pants off Loch Lomond any day and much quieter with no speedboat and jetski hooligans about
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Beats the pants off Loch Lomond any day
Particularly since Cameron House Hotel was pumping raw sewerage into it

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Get yourself up to Wester Ross John .. thats where the real scenery is
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Theres also the Sea Lochs and different Sounds to explore.

Ive passed through the Sound of Mull a fair few times at work and every time I think how great it would be to take the rib and explore all the little nooks and crannies.

Just remember to bring the Avon Skin so Soft along on your holiday!!!!!!!!

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