With its clean waters, countless wrecks, rich marine life and stunning underwater scenery, Scotland’s west coast boasts fantastic diving sites. From an array of easy slopes of sea lochs, remote sea caves, colourful reefs and of course spectacular wrecks, diving in the West of Scotland has something for everyone. The Scottish west coast port of Oban offers great diving, boasting excellent visibility and vast marine life. Most dive sites are sheltered which makes them suitable for both beginners and intermediate divers.
West of Scotland may not have the warm waters or the tropical fish of the Southern Hemisphere but we more than make up for it with old reefs, shipwrecks, inquisitive wildlife and great dive schools. It may be a little more challenging than abroad, however, the effort is matched with beautiful scenery above and below the water. Scottish diving is one of the diving world’s best kept secrets!
Dry suits are usually required for diving in Scotland, but the majority of dive schools hire out the gear as part of a package. Although, the main diving hub is at Oban with the large amount of wrecks that are in the islands around the Sound of Mull and this is also, the departure point for those wanting to dive St Kilda (UNESCO World Heritage Site) for some of the finest scenic diving available.
When to go?
The dive season generally starts around March and ends around October. It is possible, of course, to dive outside of this, but due to adverse weather and sea conditions it is not appealing to everyone.
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