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Old 01 May 2012, 14:53   #1
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Scotland Campsites with Marina?

Hey folks,

had a great weekend away with the mrs last summer at Loch tay, good calm water which got her confidence up at the helm.... even if she did nearly kill me by popping it into reverse instead of neutral and turning round to take a photo of me in the ringo without realising she was on her way towards cutting my legs off.....

What other lochs have a good campsite with its own marina? Will do loch tay again if necessary but thought a change would be nice. I imagine Loch Lomond is a pain in the tits and far too busy at the slipways etc?

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Caravan and camping club site on loch lomond is fine
Loch long Arrochar
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Hey folks,

had a great weekend away with the mrs last summer at Loch tay, good calm water which got her confidence up at the helm.... even if she did nearly kill me by popping it into reverse instead of neutral and turning round to take a photo of me in the ringo without realising she was on her way towards cutting my legs off.....

What other lochs have a good campsite with its own marina? Will do loch tay again if necessary but thought a change would be nice. I imagine Loch Lomond is a pain in the tits and far too busy at the slipways etc?

Cheers

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Are you looking for a proper camp site? Loch lomond has a couple with their own slipways; the slips never seem particularly busy to me. The one past Balmaha on the Rowardenen road was fine when we used it (personally I hate camp sites so I can't say it was amazing - but it fulfilled the purpose). The site at Ardlui looks nice too - and would enable you to keep the boat afloat during your stay.

Tayvallich on Loch Sween (or Carsaig Bay a mile over the hill on the Sound of Jura), are personal favourites and well equipped for boating and with caravan sites which I think both take tents. Jambo can probably confirm. Castle Sween can probably do likewise although I've only passed on the water.

One man (or woman)'s perfect campsite though is another's bare field with no facilities or overpopulated holiday camp, so probably best to define what you want. Likewise "marina" to me means ability to keep the boat afloat throughout your stay - but is a slipway OK, do you want it on-site or just close by etc?
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Cheers lads,

I am only looking to go away for a weekend with the mrs, and 2 friends. Basically looking for somewhere i can rock up on the Friday, launch the boat and keep it in the water until the sunday morning. Not overly concerned about facilities, as long as there is somewhere to eat, and showers! fairly easily pleased. Also the loch has to be a decent size and allow water sports. Do you have to register your boat for loch lomond even if its just for a wknd?

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We used to camp & launch at Ganavan at Oban. The campsite has gone but it looks like you can still launch there off the old flying boat slip. Oban's a cracking place offering good facilities & easy access to good boating areas. You could leave the boat at Dunstaffnage (?) which also has good facilities.
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We used to camp & launch at Ganavan at Oban. The campsite has gone but it looks like you can still launch there off the old flying boat slip. Oban's a cracking place offering good facilities & easy access to good boating areas.
Dont know if its the same site Dave but Oban divers used to have a good campsite on there land many years ago
Just a couple of miles out from the town ,, don't know if they are still there.
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Dont know if its the same site Dave but Oban divers used to have a good campsite on there land many years ago
Just a couple of miles out from the town ,, don't know if they are still there.
Could, be. Was it Puffin divers at Laggan? iirc.
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Could, be. Was it Puffin divers at Laggan? iirc.

Well seeing as Polwart mentioned my name I may as well come on board! I have a static at tayvallich and its where I keep my rib. The area is great for all things, a quick blast, watersports and exploring the nooks & crannies at your leisure. There are two caravan sites but only Leachive at Tay takes campers it has full toilet and wash block with power to pitch if you wish they also have these new wooden Igloos which are great saves the bother of pitching a tent. Village has good pub and coffee shop and village shop. It is what you make it and as Pol says you can take your sib over the road a mile to Carsaig and you are on the Sound of Jura. You can leave your sib on a slip mooring from the beach if you find a gap without cost and the slip is free, but the potooon costs for over night.
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Could, be. Was it Puffin divers at Laggan? iirc.
Long time since i was up that way ,
Just had a look on google earth it is or was just south of Oban on the Gallanach road there's a small ferry runs to Kerrera nearby ,it was then inland a bit ,building and a few caravans look to be still there,
the dive centre was owned by a guy in a wheelchair David Tye ,think he got the bends whilst salvaging the prop from the Breda wreck in the mid 1980s he and his family had log cabins ,kit drying rooms or bring your own tent . You could also walk into Oban on a back road .
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