Entries by Douglas Locke

Two Bottle Nose Whales in Loch Goil

(photo by Derek Prescott) Two Bottle Nose Whales visited Loch Goil over three days, arriving in Lochgoilhead where they breached multiple times right out of the water on 24th & 25th August 2020. On 26th August they headed out of Loch Goil passing Carrick Castle where they were seen by locals and visitors breaching as […]

Glen Mallan jetty refurbishment to support Royal Navy’s surface fleets

News story The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is investing £64-million in a redevelopment of the Northern Ammunition Jetty in Glen Mallan to support the Royal Navy’s surface fleet. Published 21 July 2020 From: Defence Infrastructure Organisation The redevelopment of the Glen Mallan jetty will support the Royal Navy’s surface fleet in loading and unloading ammunition. […]

RYA writes to Government to discuss recreational boating and the future UK – EU relationship

Clarification is sought on possible Brexit developments affecting boaters. With the deadline for an extension to the transition period having now passed, the RYA has written to selected Members of Parliament and Government Ministers regarding the uncertainty felt within the recreational boating community on the transition period ending on 31 December 2020. There are two […]

What’s in your grab bag?

If you are planning an extended cruise or ocean passage, it is vital that should give thought to packing a grab bag for immediate emergency use – but what should you actually be packing?  A grab bag should contain emergency items that, should the worst occur and you have to abandon your vessel, will assist […]

Return to Boating Guidance – Scotland

Return to Boating Guidance – Scotland Related documents Guidance for General Boating Activity in Scotland- 3rd July 2020 Guidance for Clubs and RTC’s in Scotland – 3rd July 2020 Related pages Scottish Government Coronavirus Scotland’s Routemap – indicative dates for the remainder of Phase 2 and early Phase 3 RYA Guidance – Return to Boating […]


PROMOTING THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS IN ARGYLL & BUTE CALL TO ACTION FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS – 3 July 2020 Face coverings can reduce the spread of Covid-19. The Scottish Government issued guidance on 11 May 2020 about their use. This includes use in enclosed spaces where it may be difficult to ensure physical distancing […]

RYA Message regarding Covid-19 Restrictions

  The First Ministers announcement on Thursday brought a little good news in relation to boating but was unfortunately short of what we had hoped might be forthcoming.   While much of the restrictions of Phase 1 remain in place, allowing those who have been shielding to begin to participate in outdoor activity is a […]


Queen’s Harbour Master Clyde LNTM NO 10/20 LOCH LONG – DEPLOYMENT OF SEABED CURRENT METER BA Chart 3746 1. Mariners are advised that Loch Long Salmon Ltd has contracted Partrac Ltd. to deploy one seabed mooring frame containing an acoustic measuring device for period of 90 days, the position given below in Table 1 and […]


Queen’s Harbour Master Clyde LOCH LONG – CONSTRUCTION OF AIDS TO NAVIGATION BEACONS LNTM No 09/20                                                                                                                                                                                             BA Chart 3746 1. Mariners are advised that the first of two phases to […]