Hunters Quay

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Hunters Quay
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A view of the Holy Loch, looking towards Kilmun.
Hunters Quay
Hunters Quay shown within Argyll and Bute
Population 5,198 (2013 Est) Including; Kirn, Hunters Quay and Sandbank.[1]
OS grid reference NS 18396 79130
Council area
  • Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area
  • Argyll and Bute
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PA23
Dialling code 01369
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
  • Argyll and Bute
Scottish Parliament
  • Argyll and Bute
List of places
55°58′15″N 4°54′42″W / 55.970717°N 4.9115818°W / 55.970717; -4.9115818Coordinates: 55°58′15″N 4°54′42″W / 55.970717°N 4.9115818°W / 55.970717; -4.9115818

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

It is home to the Royal Marine Hotel, which is over one hundred years old.[2]

1908 Olympic Games[edit]

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 Clyde 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. Thomas C. Glen-Coats' Hera won.

Jim Crow[edit]

Jim Crow, Hunters Quay

"Jim Crow" (earlier "The Jim Crow"[3]), a pointed rock lying horizontally on the beach, was known as the "Jim Crow Stone" in the 1880s,[4] and by 1904 was painted with a face. The inspiration behind the name and design have been suggested to be: the Jump Jim Crow song and dance popularised by the American minstrel show performer Thomas D. Rice; local stories suggest it could have been the name of the owner of a nearby builders’/joiners yard; a jackdaw [which has a black beak but not a red mouth]; or the Jim Crow laws which were state and local laws enforcing racial segregation in the Southern United States. Due to this potential link the rock has been painted over a number of times, but always returned to its original state.[5] Another is that it is named after the line "So they canonized him by the name of Jem Crow!" in the poem The Jackdaw of Rheims.[6][citation needed]


Hunters Quay
Hunters Quay from Cloch Point
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Hunters Quay viewed from Cloch Point. 
A Western Ferries ferry approaching the quay. The Royal Marine Hotel is the half-timbered building to the right. 


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  2. ^ "Royal Marine Hotel at". Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "A photo of The Jim Crow, taken around 1900". Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Bell, Dugald (1885). "Gourock and the Cloch". Among the Rocks Round Glassgow: A Series of Excursion-sketches and Other Papers. J. Maclehose & sons. p. 154. 
  5. ^ "Dunoon rocked by racism row". The Scotsman. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Possible, see Full text of "The jackdaw of Rheims, from the Ingoldsby legends", but cite needed for this being claimed about the rock

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