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Old 18 March 2012, 15:55   #1
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Holiday - Towables Wales/Loch Lomond??

Looking to take the boat on holiday but a dilemma.

Thinking of North Wales or Loch Lomond and there will be myself, the wife and two teenage girls so need somewhere that is:-

1. Easy to launch
2. Safe to pull a towable inflatable donut

Ideas please especially if you have done this yourself with your kids.
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Old 18 March 2012, 16:19   #3
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Looking to take the boat on holiday but a dilemma.

Thinking of North Wales or Loch Lomond and there will be myself, the wife and two teenage girls so need somewhere that is:-

1. Easy to launch
2. Safe to pull a towable inflatable donut

Ideas please especially if you have done this yourself with your kids.
Loads of places on Anglesey or Caernarfon to launch and I stay on a holiday site in Caernarfon, have a look at w w w dot glangwna dot com, there is evening entertainment/club house to keep the girls entertained of a night time and there is a few places locally for boat storage. I could ask around to try and get you a better deal on a chalet/cottage, good luck wherever you decide Mike
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Usually take a cottage but I have a new tent this year so it is an option if the family (woman) feel that they can manage a week in the tent
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Old 18 March 2012, 16:28   #5
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Loads of places on Anglesey or Caernarfon to launch and I stay on a holiday site in Caernarfon, have a look at w w w dot glangwna dot com, there is evening entertainment/club house to keep the girls entertained of a night time and there is a few places locally for boat storage. I could ask around to try and get you a better deal on a chalet/cottage, good luck wherever you decide Mike
Mike, site looks private rather than having anything to rent?

Caravans we have not stayed in for a few years since the teenagers are 5'9 or taller so the single beds are a bit small for adults.
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Mike, site looks private rather than having anything to rent?

Caravans we have not stayed in for a few years since the teenagers are 5'9 or taller so the single beds are a bit small for adults.
A lot of the cottages/chalets/caravans are privately owned but the site do have some for rent but they tend to be more expensive. There is a great site for camping about ten miles further on called aberafon, this also has the facility to launch your boat from but it is a good trek then to get to anglesey/menai straits but is still a good trip
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Looking to take the boat on holiday but a dilemma.

Thinking of North Wales or Loch Lomond and there will be myself, the wife and two teenage girls so need somewhere that is:-

1. Easy to launch
2. Safe to pull a towable inflatable donut

Ideas please especially if you have done this yourself with your kids.
Try this place Indy i've been here 4 time,s now great place to stop compound for your'e car & trailer very safe Inchmurrin | Loch Lomond Accommodation, Self Catering Cottages Scotland PS there is a bar on the island as well next door to the cottages .
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Try this place Indy i've been here 4 time,s now great place to stop compound for your'e car & trailer very safe Inchmurrin | Loch Lomond Accommodation, Self Catering Cottages Scotland PS there is a bar on the island as well next door to the cottages .
And I'd second that recommendation. We had a great week on Inchmurrin last summer (with four kids, including 3 teenagers - none of them got bored...). We trailered up from the south coast, but definitely worth it.

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Not sure about private places to launch in Lomond (but I'm sure some of the caravan / chalet places must have that facility). If you are at the south end of the loch the slip at Balmaha is excellent.

You will need to register the boat tho' - have a look here to download the forms. The most expensive bit os buying the sticky numbers! They can even sell you a suitbale sized plastic board to stick them to so you don't need to wreck your toobs with stickers..... Registering your Boat - The Complete Guide To Boating on Loch Lomond

If you do visit Lomod, it's not a big tow to lanch at Helensbrgh / Rhu and the Clyde is your proverbial oyster. Likewise if you are round Tarbet way, the tops of Loch Long / Goil / Fyne are not a huge tow and Oban is only an hour or so for some West coast cruising.... From the top of the loch Oban is about 20 mins closer....

If that sounds appealing post back for more launch site info!
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Hi

Loch Lomond is a big place and safe to swim/ tow toys etc and you would have lots of choices as to where to stay. Also remember that there are some other great places to go nearby i.e. clyde to Arran etc.

anyway a few links for you!


Where to visit Loch Lomond | Glasgow and Clyde Outboard Services Outboard Engine Servicing

Inchmurrin | Glasgow and Clyde Outboard Services Outboard Engine Servicing

Hope this helps

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Not sure about private places to launch in Lomond (but I'm sure some of the caravan / chalet places must have that facility). If you are at the south end of the loch the slip at Balmaha is excellent.
Do you mean Balmaha? There is an OK slipway there but the Balloch (Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway) is the best on the loch. The only other public slipway onto the loch is at Ardlui at the very top. The caravan park on the East coast not far south of Rowardenan has a slipway for its own customers. The caravan park on the west coast fairly far up has a slipway and very small harbour for its own customers. There may be others - but the balloch slip will serve you well unless you are near the north of the loch.

[quote]You will need to register the boat tho' - have a look here to download the forms. The most expensive bit os buying the sticky numbers! They can even sell you a suitbale sized plastic board to stick them to so you don't need to wreck your toobs with stickers..... Registering your Boat - The Complete Guide To Boating on Loch Lomond
Yes beware there is a "voluntary" fee for their rangers (you do not need to pay this). There is also a launch fee now for the slipway(s).

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Loch Lomond is a big place and safe to swim/ tow toys etc and you would have lots of choices as to where to stay. Also remember that there are some other great places to go nearby i.e. clyde to Arran etc.
Whilst the loch is "relatively" safe, it can still get a fair fetch (and hence waves), be bloomin freezing (West coast seawater served by the gulf stream can be warmer than the deep loch served by melting snow), attract ejits with no consideration for others, and so should not be underestimated. Whilst there is no disputing the beauty of Loch Lomond - Bute, Arran, the Firth of Clyde and the associated sea lochs offers potentially a more interesting cruising ground anyway. Whilst plenty of people manage to spend a week or two on Loch Lomond without getting bored, I can only really manage a weekend, but I don't pull donuts etc so that would obviously add interest. Beware where the speed limits are (reasonably well enforced) - you could have a lochside cottage which requires a short treck to get to 'play' areas - that might be an issue if you want to let kids roam free on the water but within sight.

Clearly there is a wealth of further cruising on the West Coast, but it will add a good bit extra to the journey; whereas you could be in the Clyde in no more time than getting to Balloch.
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Great feedback on Loch Lomond and I'll check out all your advice.

ANY takers for north Wales, I am tempted by Lomond but wanted to have another option.
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Do you mean Balmaha? There is an OK slipway there but the Balloch (Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway) is the best on the loch.
Errr no. Good call. I did mean Balloch.

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If you stay on Inchmurrin island in the cottages, they have there own Slipway that you can use for free
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Great feedback on Loch Lomond and I'll check out all your advice.

ANY takers for north Wales, I am tempted by Lomond but wanted to have another option.
been to both, Loch Lomond brilliant apart from the dreaded midge from June to Septmeber

we launch at Ty Calch near Caernarfon, brilliant for everything if you want a quite camping/caravan site, no club etc, then try Tyn Rhos Caravan Site Tyn Rhos Farm Caravan Park - Caernarfon, North Wales
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been to both, Loch Lomond brilliant apart from the dreaded midge from June to Septmeber

we launch at Ty Calch near Caernarfon, brilliant for everything if you want a quite camping/caravan site, no club etc, then try Tyn Rhos Caravan Site Tyn Rhos Farm Caravan Park - Caernarfon, North Wales
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Guys, what about Wales then?
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