Hunters Quay

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Hunters Quay (Scottish Gaelic: Camas Rainich) is a village in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Situated between Kirn to the south and Ardnadam to the north, Hunters Quay is the main base of Western Ferries, operating between Hunters Quay and McInroy's Point.

It is home to the Royal Marine Hotel, which is over 100 years old.[1]

The 12-metre class yacht race in the 1908 London Olympic Games took place at Hunters Quay. Most of the sailing took place on the Solent, but only two boats entered the 12-metre class: Mouchette from the Royal Liverpool Yacht Club and Hera from the Royal Glasgow Yacht Club. They were allowed to race on the Clyde for convenience. The course was twice round a 13-mile lap of the Clyde, starting and finishing at Hunters Quay. Hera won.

"Jim Crow" (originally "The Jim Crow"[2]), a pointed rock on the beach, has been painted with a face since the early 1900s.[2] The inspiration behind the name and design have been suggested to be: Thomas Rice, a white American caricaturing a black man; the owner of a nearby builders’ yard; a shark; and a jackdaw, which has a black beak, not a red mouth. Another is that it is named after the poem Jim Crow, the Jackdaw of Rheims.[3][4] In June 2009 and July 2010, the rock was painted over in an apparent act of vandalism.[5][6]

Hunters Quay
Hunters Quay from Cloch Point
Hunters Quay viewed from Cloch Point. 
A view of the Holy Loch, looking towards Kilmun
A view of the Holy Loch, looking towards Kilmun, from Marine Parade (the A815). On the beach is "Jim Crow", a large rock that has been painted by the locals over the years. 
"Jim Crow" during high tide.
"Jim Crow" during high tide. 
A Western Ferries ferry approaching the quay.
A Western Ferries ferry approaching the quay. The Royal Marine Hotel is the half-timbered building to the right. 


  1. ^ "Royal Marine Hotel at". Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "A photo of The Jim Crow, taken in 1905, at". [not in citation given]
  3. ^ "Photos at". Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Archived page at the Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard's website". Retrieved October 23, 2011. [not in citation given]
  5. ^ "(Title not available)". Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard. 26 June 2009. Retrieved October 23, 2011. [not in citation given]
  6. ^ "Community website against the racist rock". Retrieved October 23, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 55°58′N 4°54′W / 55.967°N 4.900°W / 55.967; -4.900