Holy Loch

An inlet of the Firth of Clyde on the Cowal Peninsula of Argyll and Bute, the Holy Loch opens out into the Firth between Hunter's Quay and Strone Point, 2 miles (3 km) to the north northeast of Dunoon. Alexander Robertson and Sons built wooden boats and yachts at Sandbank from 1876 until 1980, with their efforts turned to the construction of craft for the navy in both World Wars. There was a submarine base on Holy Loch during World War II, and the classic war-film We Dive at Dawn (1943), starring John Mills, was in-part shot here. The US Navy operated Polaris Nuclear submarines from here from 1961 to 1992, and the film Down Where The Buffalo Go (1988) is based around life on this base.

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