Alternative Names: None
Type of Dive: Easy shore dive in Loch Ailort.
Distance from Fort William: 29 Miles 40 Mins. Take the A830 out towards Mallaig. Straight after passing through Loch Ailort turn left onto the A861. The site is about 2.4 miles from the junction.
Parking directions: There are three mooring blocks on the verge, drive between these to pull off the road onto the hard standing above the slip
Lat & Long: 56.855654 -5.705646 Google
Tides: Tide tables
Site entry/exit: From the slip
Underwater directions: Swim straight out from the slip towards the other side of the loch (about 5 mins) Initially the seabed is silty covered in tube anemones and eyelash worms, various different sea stars and white philine aperta (white oval shaped creatures, these belong to the mollusc family). In the shallows, there are small scattered stones around which are home to hundreds of small sea squirts. The seabed only slopes very gradually and is very flat but there are the occasional large rocks. These seem to be a little oasis of life and are home to many different species. I found 12 squat lobsters living on one (the brown galathea ones) and a small flatfish, a scorpion fish, not to mention various squirts and sponges! There is also a lot of queenies and some very large king scallops (guess it doesn’t get dived often here). At around 8/9m it starts to drop in large steps or ledges leaving vertical faces and small cliffs for loch anemones to grow on and also large worm tubes protruding from the rocks on which loch anemones were growing making them look like decorative candelabra. The rocks were also covered with common and black brittlestars and many small crabs
Site Hazards: None known, but I would avoid doing this mid tide because it is quite far out into the loch and I don’t know whether there is any current this far up.
Nearest Public phone:
Accommodation: There are places for wild camping around the loch.
Mobile Network service: Contact me
Pub: Lochaline social club
Created By: Jane Wilkinson
Cafe: None here.
Air & Nitrox: Loch Aline dive centre
Links: Contact me
Underwater Photos: By Jane Wilkinson
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