For 31 years the Holy Loch and the surrounding district was an Outpost of the USA. Nuclear submarines moved down the Firth to submerge off Arran and disappear on their mysterious business. Their mother ships and the dock were moored in the Holy Loch.

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mother ship and the dock moored in the Holy Loch

Ashore American families settled in and their children attended local schools. Houses were built to accommodate the ever-changing population, and, eventually the Americans had their own cinema and entertainment complex. Hairdressers and taxi firms flourished though the families shopped for American goods in their own Commissary.

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Many local girls married American sailors and outposts of Argyll are now in many States of the USA.