75. Garelochhead, Argyll. (NS 268 925)
Army Training Estate training area that includes a number of exercise
areas. The area compromises over 13 square miles of woodland and
moorland and stretches northwards from Shandon, around Garelochhead,
past the Glen Mallan jetty and two thirds of the way towards
Arrochar on the A814. There is also a small training area to the
west of the village, between the Gareloch and Loch Long.
Activities that take place on the training area involve assault
courses, water based activities, parachuting and live firing at
Glen Fruin. Grenade and mortar firing is also permitted on the range.
The Ministry of Defence uses the 8,820-acre site for 'Balkan style'
training, as the moorland, forest and mountains are similar to terrain
found in the former Yugoslavia. It is used by infantry and transport
units for off-road and amphibious training. The Garelochhead camp
can accommodate 500 personnel whilst a smaller camp at Strone 130.
The training area at Strone is used for Fighting in Built-Up Areas