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Gareloch and brief notes on Loch Long and Loch Goil

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Admiralty, 2000 (Gareloch), 3476 Loch Long, Loch Goil

Rules & Regulations

Whole raft of rules and regulations, the Lochs described are "Dockyard Ports" & controlled by the Royal Navy...see text and links. 7 knts speed limit in the "restricted" areas. Outside Loch Long and the Gairloch the Clyde is governed by Clydeport (a civilian company) and the only rule you really need to know is that the navigation channels from the Cumbraes inwards are Rule 9 ie everything gives way to ships whose movement is considered restricted by draft.


Submarines and Navy Vessels

Tidal Data Times & Range

+0110 Dover, MHWS 3.4m, MHWN 2.9m, MLWN 0.9m, MLWS 0.3m   (links)

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General Description

The area covered starts at the entrance to Loch Long and gives a very brief description of this loch, and Loch Goil which branches off from it. There are no dedicated facilities for yachtsmen or motorboaters within these two lochs, but there are anchoring possibilities and a few visitors moorings provided by hotels for their customers. Village style provisions can be obtained within these lochs.

This article also covers the Gareloch, where there are plenty of facilities for small craft including a Marina, boatyards and yacht clubs.

These three lochs all come under the jurisdiction of the Queen's Harbourmaster as Dockyard Ports. Faslane in the Gareloch is the base for Britain's nuclear submarine fleet. Naturally security is tight, and there are a whole raft of rules and regulations including restricted and prohibited areas. ... read more


This section describes approach and entry to Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Gareloch, together with a brief rundown of anchorages, moorings and facilities in the first two. Berthing facilities in Gareloch are covered in the next section... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

This section only deals with the Gareloch, the anchorages and facilities in Loch Long and Loch Goil have been briefly covered in the "Approach and Entry" section.

Once past Cairndhu Point to the North, and Castle Point to the South, Rhu Marina will clearly be seen. The breakwaters protecting it are very low slung indeed. The small green conical buoy (Fl.G.4s) to the South of the Marina entrance needs to be left on your starboard side. Don't try and pass between this buoy and the Marina breakwater, as you will foul the end of a sunken rock causeway... ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2015. I'm afraid I was unable to clarify the state of play on the Ardentinny Hotel moorings in Loch Long; any information from members this summer would be welcomed!
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 28th Feb 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 28th February 2013. The members comments below have been incorporated in the body of the text and, in the case of Rhu Marina, the new breakwaters are on the present day charts which are included on the site. I have updated the prices for 2013 where possible. No adverse comments will be countenaced as God,I & Para Handy have ordained that everything here (where I was born) is "Chust sublime"
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Changes at Rhu Marina.
Written by Porthandbuoy | 28th Oct 2011
Rhu Marina has been enlarged with new floating breakwaters to the West and South. The new entrance is on the West side of the marina. The caution regarding the small green conical buoy marking a submerged rock still holds true though, so take care.
The toilet and shower facilities have been greatly improved this year (2011) and a small café, open 7 days/week, can provide you with a hot meal.
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Moorings Loch Goil
Written by MissMack | 21st Aug 2011
"Just to advise you that the Carrick Castle Boat Club provides two 15 tonne blue visitor's moorings one cable north of the castle with free WiFi in Loch Goil, Argyll. There is a charge of £10.00 per night per mooring.

See www.carrick-castle-boat-club.co.uk for information on the visitor's moorings and there is plenty of local information there too."
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