Alternative Names:  Craig Lodge Pier – Loch Ridden

Type of Dive: Shore dive

Suggested experience: Any

Distance from Glasgow:  80 miles  2hrsTake the ferry over to Dunoon and then turn right onto the A885 Turn left onto the B836 which takes you round the head of Loch Striven. Then turn right onto the A886 and finally turn left onto the A8003 which runs down the side of Loch Ridden. Shortly after turning onto the A8003 there is a minor road on the left signed Ormidale Lodge. Turn here and this takes you alongside the loch

Parking directions:  Park in the lay bye opposite the single story wooden holiday home. The slip here is used frequently so do not obstruct this.Google

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Lat & Long:  N55.953801,W-5.19943

Tides: Tide tables

Depth: 5-6m

Site entry/exit: Either park up and walk kitted up to the break in the lochside barriers and down a short path to the shingle beach or unload kit and then reverse back. There is no turning place at the end of the road. 

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Underwater directions:  Enter the water and swim down a few metres then turn right and swim over the kelp towards the pier.

There is a lot of debris underneath the pier as it was used by steamers in the past so there are bottles and various bits of crockery are lying around. Some is more recent, as the pier is still used by local boats and the lodge above. Surprisingly there is little living in the debris apart from the usual hermit crabs and common sea stars, but that is probably because they prefer the cracks and crevices in the pier which provide better accommodation. There are also many wooden struts along the walls, some of which are covered in sea squirts, sponges and mussels. Others have been broken and honed by the tides and time into a sharp point, so be careful when moving around and along the walls of the pier. It is really the eastern side of the pier that has the most life, probably because this is more exposed to the passing tides. I found tompots, scorpion fish, prawns, sinny, gobies and a shore rockling all making their homes here.

I was pleasantly surprised by this dive as I hadn’t been expecting much at all.

Site Hazards:  Boats using the pier

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Accommodation:  Wild camping round the loch

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Created By: Jane Wilkinson

Cafe: Susys tearooms  PA21 2DX

Air & Nitrox fills: The nearest place is the Diving Academy phone first +44 (0)1369 701 701

Date: Nov 2011

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