Other Scottish Sites
We usually run a few trips to other parts of the Scottish coast throughout the year. Diving other coasts provides opportunities to see marine life not seen on the east coast, and to dive some wrecks.
We are always looking for new sites to explore.
Some of the west coast lochs are diveable in most weathers, there is always somewhere sheltered to get in. We have dived Loch Duich, Lochcarron, Loch Sunart, Loch Ewe, Loch Linnhe, Loch Leven, Sound of Shuna, Sound of Mull, Loch Creran, Skye, Kinlochbervie, Wick and Shetland, Below are some pictures from some of our trips.
We usually run at least a couple of trips to Loch Duich each year. This sheltered sea loch on the west coast is diveable in most weathers with many dive sites around each side. The muddy bottom with boulder, pebble and rocky reef areas provides opportunities to see life not seen on the east coast such as sea mouse, fireworks anemones and sea pens.
The Strome narrows at the end of Lochcarron provide some of the best dives in Scotland for marine life. This area is now an MPA, and rightly so – there is a huge variety of life here and some very special animals. The seabed of Conservation Bay is covered in a mat created by flame shells that provides homes for many other species. Bobtails squid, all sorts of crabs, nudibranchs, soft corals, sea scorpions, gobies, dragonets, butterfish, and sea mouse can all be seen at this stunning site. Around the corner at Strome slip there is a rich maerl bed full of life too.
Sound of Mull
The Sound of Mull is known for its wreck sites and is a must for rust lovers – the Hispania, Shuna, Thesis, Rondo and Breda are familiar names to Scottish divers. The Sound also offers some scenic dives with underwater cliffs, gullies and walls home to a variety of marine life. And even squidge lovers can enjoy the wrecks as they are smothered in life – plumose anemones, dead mans fingers and its namesake sea slug, wrasse, pipefish, sea squirts and peacock worms.
At almost the northwest tip of Scotland KLB is a remote, but stunning, place to dive. The dramatic scenery of caves, tunnels, gullies, pinnacles, underwater cliffs, and sandy bottom are covered with a rich and colourful variety of marine life – jewel anemones, nudibranchs, sea squirts, sponges, sunstars, cushion stars, crawfish, sea spiders and plenty of fish.
The far north east coast of Scotland does not provide as many sheltered sites as the lochs of the west coast, but when the weather is kind the diving is great. Cliffs, gullies, tunnels and caves are covered in life – sea squirts such as the baked bean sea squirt, nudibranchs, octopus, plenty of fish, passing dolphins and even seals playing peekaboo if you’re lucky!