Alternative Names: The Gorge
Type of Dive: River dive, Contact the estate office on 013397 31669 before travelling to dive here. Only dive here on a dry day that follows 3 - 4 dry days
Suggested experience: Sport Diver
Travel directions: The Linn of Dee is a few miles from Braemar, about halfway to Perth on the A93
Parking directions: Leave the dive kit at the bridge with a minder and park In the tourist car park, its a pay and display....£2. But parking is free if you have a National Trust for Scotland badge. There is also a toilet in the car park.
From Aberdeen: 64 miles, about 1 hr 54 Min's
Lat & Long: N56.988119 W-3.546275 Grid ref NO0689 Google map
Depth: 8 - 9 meters
Site entry/exit: Carry your dive kit down the path at the side of the bridge and down the steep grassy bank which brings you to shelving rocks along the side of the river where you do a stride entry.
Underwater directions: From the entry point swim upstream to the top pool where the waterfall is, called the "washing machine". There are a few large round holes that spin the water. Then work your way downstream until the water is to shallow. The rocks have great patterns and have mica embedded in them and on sunny days they sparkle.
Site Hazards: Fast-flowing water that can make diving here very dangerous and cold.
Nearest Public phone: Contact me
Mobile Network service: To Follow
Other comments: Sometimes there is a dark red tint to the water which is caused by the peat and also means that conditions will be similar to that of a night dive. You can see eels and trout here and if you are lucky the occasional salmon. If you are taking pictures, dive first without the camera and check the conditions first. Don't take anything that is easily broken as you get knocked about in the bowls. A 10L, 232 Bar cylinder is all that is required to dive here.
Created by: John Nicolson
Thanks To: Gordon Milligan for Utube.
Surface Photos: Contact me
Underwater Photos: Utube
Dive Report: Garspeed 18/10/09 Weather was warm and bright although the water was chilly. From surface conditions at entry were calm but up towards the washing machine, things looked very different. We dropped in and got settled on the bottom before heading upstream. A few salmon on the route but mission 1 was the washing machine with mission 2 an exploration on the way back. Made it up to the bowl before the washing m/c no problem but couldn't quite get in. Had to sit on the bottom for 5 Min's to recover breath during which time Jim had a go and made it. He then positioned himself to give me a welcome handhold to help me in. Once in there was no rest as most of the bowl was alive with airiated water and the threat of being spat downstream was always there so no chance to get near the waterfall.
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