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Old 07 March 2017, 22:00   #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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The world famous pier toilets
Ps. How's the rib getting on. You ok for ERR?
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Ps. How's the rib getting on. You ok for ERR?
Hopefully good to go by end of month😀 Up to Gairloch next week ( no rib though )
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Hopefully good to go by end of month Up to Gairloch next week ( no rib though )


That's good will be nice to meet up. Have a nice week up north
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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 )
where was the 3rd picture taken I've never seen this spot on my travels
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BB , I'm not 100% sure and was hoping that you local chaps would pin point it for me ! The photo was next to the one attached below , which I believe is historically important as a coal fired lighthouse......( I could be wrong )
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BB , I'm not 100% sure and was hoping that you local chaps would pin point it for me ! The photo was next to the one attached below , which I believe is historically important as a coal fired lighthouse......( I could be wrong )
I think it is Little Cumbrae - see http://www.rib.net/forum/f16/scottis...d-72466-4.html
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It is little cumbrae but now you are allowed on the island as long as you don't do damage or leave litter
We bumped into the guy who owns the island last year and he showed us around the house they use as a yoga retreat
Sam Podder is his name a very wealthy gentleman but he was dressed in work clothes cutting the grass with a few other guys hes a real nice guy he suggested we head over to the lighthouse for a look around it and the other buildings
Totally different to the previous owner who aggressively deterred anyone from landing on the island
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I remember as a kid sailing round the sub dock in a Limington Slipway 5 (?) tonner.... The yacht Belonged to a friend of my parents who has since passed away, the yacht was last seen heading for the south Coast.

Joanne of Kyle was her name. Ironically I think the one place we never went in her!

Back to the base, I remember as a kid looking up at it, wondering what was inside and wanting a go on one of those patrol boats that used to circle it!

I know what happened to the base, anyone down south know what happened to JoK?
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Where's Doug Crockett when you need him ?

Hi guys
just remembered my password
Holy loch now has a great marina and as Bern said we had a few cruises from there as they have petrol
I keep my yacht there now
But can't bear to sell rib
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Holy loch looking north to where USS Canopous (cannabis) was moored Arriba at Strone Pier
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