Alternative Names: Creag Brimishgan, Loch na Keal, Isle of Mull
Type of Dive: Shore
Suggested experience: A fair bit
Travel directions: Take the A849 to Salen (it will also be signed for Tobermoray which is further on) then turn left on the B8035 when you reach Salen. Follow this road all the way along the side of the loch until you are opposite the large island in the middle of the loch. Shortly after this a low wall will start on the right hand loch side of the road. As the ground on the left becomes steeper and then becomes a more vertical face you will go round a bend and the lay by will be directly after this. There will also be a break in the wall just on the bend, so you will know you are in the correct place. Google
Parking directions: Park in the lay by following the directions above. Be ready to pull in as it’s some distance before you can safely turn around. You should be able to park really high and well back in the lay be so that several cars can still pull in if they need to.
Lat & Long: N56.450648,W-6.099059
Tides: Tide tables
Site entry/exit: Cross the road to where the wall begins, then go down the grassy slope and over the rocks to enter the water. Alternatively there is a ledge the other side of the wall and you might be able to do a big stride entry off that at high tide but I’ve got no idea how deep it gets as i didn’t go and investigate.
Underwater directions: Swim down a fairly steep slope to start with. Not a great deal here mainly urchins and kelp. Swim down to around 12 metres. The wall then drops away steeply to around 35m. The wall is covered with ledges and overhangs often with dozens of plumose anemones growing underneath. Huge clumps of red fingers poke out from the wall which is also home to cup corals, loch anemones, various sea stars and deadmens fingers. Large lobsters and edible crabs made their homes on the large ledges, while peacock worms and sea cucumbers uncurl delicate tentacles.
Site Hazards: None that I encountered
Nearest Public phone:
Accommodation: Loads of places for wild camping next to the loch, hardly a building in sight. Watch the sun set on the other side of the loch, fabulous. Many B+B in Tobermory.
Mobile Network service:
Other comments: This is a fabulous stretch of the loch and a beautiful place to stay. There is also a Munro just a little way up the road which is popular with walkers and climbers.
Pub: The Mishnish
Created By: Jane Wilkinson
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