Golly Paul, are you sure you have been there? Only joking, in the summer we used to take one of the motor life boats off on a rather slow cruise of the loch with a picnic. You have to admit it was a bit bleak in winter! Not exactly the entertainment capitol of the North after a 6 to 7 week trip back form the gulf. Even the Isle of Grain was better, if you clubbed together you could get a taxi to Rochester or Chatham!
I echo your thoughts on Finnart 100%! At this time of year the sun hardly ever rises, never mind sets. At least Finnart had the scenery which is more than can be said for Grangemouth! Nearest pub was in Garelochead but I can't remember its name.
We never seemed to have time for cruising about Loch Long in the ship's boat but you obviously found some way of slowing down the pumps without being found out!
Does Finnart still exist?
John, I have no idea and I'm not sure I care! The boating expeditions semed to be arranged somehow between the mate and the chief, I think we just throttled the pumps down a bit and made an excuse to the shore wallahs. Totally with you about Grangemouth, a very depressing place. I always seemed to be there on a grey wet Sunday when you had to get a bus to the next town even to get a drink as "bona fide" travellers. Glad the Scots have changed their licencing laws since then!