Alternative Names: Appin House layby
Type of Dive: Scenic shore dive suitable for trainees.
Suggested experience: Novice.
Travel directions: As for Oban, but turn to cross Connel Bridge and head North past Creagan’s Inn, or follow the coast road South if coming from Glencoe area. Google
Parking directions: Google
Distance from Oban: 20 Miles 33 Mins
Lat & Long: N56.58918 W-5.373666
Tides: Tide tables
Depth: Best life in the first 10m but mud continues to slope out past to 20m+
Site entry/exit: entry site half way along the layby, Walk down the concrete over the rocks into the water.
Underwater directions: We dived this on the flow tide so the tide was running up (North) the Sound (Left to right). Walk in on pebbles and straight out over boulders onto mud. followed mud down to 15m in disappointing vis. When the light ran out finned with the current across muddy sand. Sea Pens and Thorny skates and hundreds of Gobi's... Gently ascending to base of a boulder slope at 8m gave some interesting life. Old bottles and electrical ceramic jars scattered around and an impressive piece of ship worm riddled timber. Swimming at the boundary of the boulder slope and the mud slope we encountered a cable slung across the sound hanging from the boulder slope , covered in life and disappearing into the mud (Note: This is an electrical cable off to Shuna). Ascending just after this brings you up at the concrete slip and an easy egress and short walk back to the car park. Good site for a training dive. Incredibly easy access.
Site Hazards: Possible boat traffic, low vis when mud disturbed and possible effects of the tide.
Nearest Public phone: Loch Linnhe Marina just south of this site
Mobile Network service: O2 works to about 3-4bars
Pub: The Cregan Inn Holy Tree Hotel
Created by: Chris Hine
Cafe: The Cafe over looking Castle Stalker
Air & Nitrox fills: Puffin divers & The underwater centre
Thanks To: Sawcut, Dive Tramp, Ding
Surface Photos: To Follow
Underwater Photos: By Darryl Mayer
Dive Report: Chris Hine and Sawcut 29/9/10 The layby just north of the Shuna Marina provides easy access to Shuna Island Sound. Half way along this just South of a large boulder and narrow concrete walk way on the foreshore is an easy access path to the shore across glaciated slabs. this marked the start of the dive. The end of the dive is a concrete slip about 50 yards north of the car park from where you can easily walk back along the cycle path which is on the bed of the old railway line.
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