Maritime History

World War Two and beyond

HMS Armadillo

56:3.2951N, 4:54.5321W

Larry Gladney, Ardentinny 1940.

 Larry Gladney of Clarenville, Canada was part of the "Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit" who served at Ardentinny between 1939 and 1945 building the camp. 

"I was proud to have the honour to wear the badge of the Royal Black Watch on my cap, and to be a part time soldier of such a distinguished regiment, L.D.V. - Local Defence Volunteer, later the Home Guard" (Larry Gladney April 1940).



Sadly, Larry passed away recently.

Enos Fellows at HMS Armadillo, Ardentinny.




Remains of HMS Armadillo (Thanks to Jim Bamber)

Uig Hall 

In November 1959, one of the huts in the grounds of Glenfinart House (HMS Armadillo) was dismantled and moved to Uig, which lies between Benmore and Rashfield and became the new Benmore & Rashfield Community Association hall. The building remains on the site, having become Uig Hall, which is used for local meeting as events. The hut has been restored, and the original corrugated iron cladding has been replaced with profiled aluminium sheeting, and the original windows have been replaced.


Uig is located around a mile south of Benmore Botanic Garden on the A815 Dunoon-Strachur road. The hall is to the west of the road.



Uig hall is located at map reference NS142849 British OS Maps




Uig Hall is still standing: in fact I spent this Hogmanay there at a very enjoyable ceilidh so it is still very much part of the local community. It has recently been refurbished so its origins as a RN building are now not obvious. (Courtesy of Cecil Alderton, National Park Ranger, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.).



An email from Jim Bamber


Yes I found a new one in a nearby field.  I don't know if it is still in its original position.  It is probable that has been moved as all the panels have numbers painted on the inside.  See the photogallery on secretscotland web gallery. (


Trying a new technique in Photoshop






End of an era.. World War II relic to disappear from Glenfinart Bay


Courtesy of



The 70+ year-old corrugated iron structure was one of several constructed as part of the War Office camp. In 1942 it was transferred to the Royal Navy and became HMS Armadillo. The camp provided training facilities for Royal Navy Beach Commandos whose job was to go ashore in the first landing craft and establish a protected base for the Beach Commander to operate from. The nearby Glenfinart House was also requisitioned as the headquarters of HMS Armadillo. Loch Long was used for amphibious landing drills; training in reconnaissance; and specialised beach skills.



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