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Glen Caladh Harbour

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Quay with Caladh Beacon on point behind, 2000
Quay with Caladh Beacon on
point behind
© Elliot Simpson
Winch on quay, with Eilean Dubh island behind, 2000
Winch on quay, with
Eilean Dubh island behind
© Elliot Simpson

Glen Caladh Harbour, or simply Caladh Harbour, lies in the Kyles of Bute, to the north of the Isle of Bute. The harbour is sheltered by the small island of Eilean Dubh (Black Island).

World War II

World War II remains, 2010
World War II remains
© kyle
World War II remains, 2010
World War II remains
© kyle

During World War II, the harbour was used for landing craft training, and was part of HMS James Cook, the Beach Pilotage School then established in Glen Caladh Castle, which overlooked the harbour. The harbour was also used by the X-Craft, which were based nearby at HMS Varbel in Port Bannatyne, and trained in the same area.

Remains at the site are reported to include the quay, slipway, winch, two engine rooms, and a number of hut bases.


Building development, 2010
Building development
© kyle
Boathouse and original building, 2010
Boathouse and original building
© kyle

A site visit in 2010 reported that the area just to the north of the slipway appeared to have been developed recently, with a large building have three shutter openings similar to the original boathouse on the slipway being found, but not further identified, although the flue for a heating system can be seen on the roof of one section.

The building mimics the original boathouse, and appears to have similar wooden shuttering over the access, suggesting a common owner, and only part-time, or holiday occupation.

Caladh Beacon

Caladh beacon, kyle, 2010
Caladh beacon
© kyle

Glen Caladh Harbour is the location of Caladh Beacon or lighthouse, which lies on the west side of the entrance to Loch Riddon, about 2.5 miles (4 km) north east of Tighnabruaich, and facing the Isle of Bute. The tower is a masonry structure about 26 feet (8 m) high, with a window at the top, which would once have housed the light. Now inactive, the beacon's white-painted tower provides a highly visible daytime landmark.

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