Seil Island, Nr Oban.
An old slate quarry fronts the sea in the village of Easdale, flushed by sea water at high tide, I’m told it makes an interesting dive, but with shear sides to a depth of around 40m great care should be taken. Parking can be found near the old jetty and then 15m walk to the quarry. Its reported there are more diveable quarry’s on Easdale island, a short ferry ride from the jetty. Air from the Oban dive centers.
Heading north out of Oban take a left turn signed Castle and Dunstaffnage Marine Biology Labs. Park and kit up in the car park near the castle and walk through to the headland. A pleasant shore dive, descend down a rocky shore line keeping close to the shore, through a kelp layer, where you’ll find a sandy bottom, max depth 19m, with a wide variety of life, Dogfish anemones etc. Please use an SMB as there is a yacht marina in the bay and the headland is favoured by fishermen so watch out for line / lures. Air at Puffin Divers. Thanks to Tony for details.
Under the castle on a bend in the road is a small concrete ramp into the sea, a wall can be dived to the north to a depth of around 12 metres. There is no parking on the bend so kit needs to dropped off and transport moved around the headland.
Gallennach. Sound of Kerrera.
From Oban centre follow signs for the ferry terminal and then Gallenach keeping to the minor road south down the coast, until you see Puffin Dive Centre. There is plenty of parking nearby and air from the dive centre. Enter the water at the adjacent slipway, once through the kelp layer there is a shale bottom with the usual bits and pieces around an old pier. Thanks to Tony for details.
Dive from metal or stone steps off main sea front. A shale bottom with max depth of 20m. Years worth of discarded junk, bottles, plates etc. An excellent night dive site with loads of creepy crawlies lobsters etc. Air from Sea Fare in the harbour front shops. Please use an SMB When diving around boat traffic. Thanks to Tony for details.
The Underwater Centre. An-Aird.
The long pier that can be seen from Fort William town centre is home to the Underwater Centre, a commercial diving training operation that has opened its doors to sport divers. The center has a dive shop with full equipment hire and air, suit drying area, onsite deco chamber, 21 en-suite bedrooms and a brand new fish restaurant. The diving is based around Loch Linnhe and shore diving from the pier, guided dives are available and the centre lists nine shore dive sites from 6 to 55 metres with four wrecks, a collection of armoured vehicles a nature trail and a drift dive from the centres RIB. Link to their web site for more details www.theunderwatercenter.co.uk
Arisaig. Nr Fort Willam
A shallow shore dive out to a rock in a small sandy bay, 6m at high water. The dive is in front of the golf course. Park on the road side and wander in. ( there is a small car park on a headland nearby but it is for golf club use only.) This area of the Scottish coast is very beautiful with white sandy beaches backed with sand dunes, the film ‘Local Hero’ was made just around the next bay. Slept in the car one night on the way to Skye in the very same spot and the sunrise was to die for. Thanks John for the details.
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