The weather is garbage there mostly. Of course as I type this I'm lookiing out the office window at a torrential downpour in sunny Devonport.
The problem with Faslane is Helensburgh. It's a hole. And it's a hole that costs over a tenner to get to in a taxi. If all you're interested in is pissing up then Faslane ain't the place to be. If you go further afield then Faslane is not a bad place to be. Good climbing and walking nearby, Glasgow in reach, Edinburgh isn't too far away. Decent facilities on the base. Free bus service to and from the airport for weekenders.
Also, if you're looking at a career in boats then it doesn't really matter what Faslane is like, you're going there anyway sooner or later.
It is lovely there, and as Pompeyexpat says the food is the best I have ever tasted in the RN. Except that when on Neptune Warrior a while back we went into the SR bar and some bloke actually gawped, prodded his mate and muttered sotto voce 'look, a girl'.
The only failing I found was the stunning scenery was too far from the shopping in Glasgow.
Whilst I will agree there are a few civilised places in England, Yorshire springs to mind, London and the South EAst are disater zones, people impolite, always rushing everywhere, businesses run by people who should have stayed barrow boys, and less English spoke then there is on the Costas, where all the decent plods seem to have retired to.
I'll stick where I am for the time being, at least the public transport operates even if it does snow.
I grew up in Helensburgh, joined Pusser to get away, the bar stewards kept sending me back! But I think I am getting over it now!
The weather - perpetually cr4p! We went 'home' from Spain last August, first thing we had to do was buy fleeces! It was 12 degrees!
The rain. The only time it stops raining is when it is snowing!
Summer is generally the 16th or 17th of July, but not both.
Shopping in the 'burg is normal small town, but no mainstream stores, ie Dixon's etc, but have Boots.
Shopping in Glasgow - brilliant!
Sports - incredible - the Base will help you do anything. Diving is fantastic, skiing, sailing you name it.
Scenery- if you can see it, amazing!
In fact, it is so good that when global warming (if it exists) kicks in, I may go back!
My two penn'orth on this issue is that as a child I loved growing up in the Faslane area and was gutted when my parents moved back to England. I went back to Faslane a few times with the RNR and found that, like any other major naval base, it has both good and bad elements. My main problem with Scotland, and this is not specific to Faslane, is the Braveheart bullsh1t that Broon et al have encouraged with the half-hearted approach to devolution.
So all of you that critisised anything to do with the home of the haggis and Irn Bru, outside now, coats off, square go.