Argyll and Bute

The village of Sandbank is located on the southern side of the Holy Loch in SE Argyll and Bute. Lying 2½ miles (4 km) northwest of Dunoon, the village grew from mid-19th century in association with gunpowder mills at nearby Glen Lean. Thereafter Sandbank became popular with wealthy Glaswegians as a retreat and many of the fine villas date from this time. It was once home to two boatyards, one of which, Robertsons, built yachts for the Americas Cup challenges. Sandbank was the focus for the US Navy presence on the Holy Loch between 1960 and 1992, which once extended to 3000 personnel and was by far the largest contribution to the local economy. Part of their base here now forms the Holy Loch Marina. The economy is now focused on its business park, with a call-centre as the major employer. The Church of Scotland dates from 1868, while a prominent war memorial lies at Lazaretto Point.

The village is joined to the southeast by Ardnadam.

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