Alternative Names: Cregan narrows.
Type of Dive: Drift during spring tides otherwise a shallow, fairly easy dive with a little current in Loch Creran.
Suggested experience: Experienced trainee and above
Travel directions: From Connel head to Fort William, when you come to the roundabout at the bridge follow the sign for local traffic which takes you around and under the bridge. Just past the bridge, you will see the lay-by.
Parking directions: Park in the lay-by just past the bridge there is space for about 3 cars. There is also a lay-by just in front of the bridge which could be used if the main one was full. Google map
Distance from Oban: 15 Miles 25 Mins Google map
Lat & Long: N56.546934,W-5.28864
Tides: Tide tables
Depth: 8 meters max
Site entry/exit: Enter from gravel beach and exit at same point.
Underwater directions: Enter from the beach and swim left to seaward and follow the shore along. Its shallow enough that on most days you will be able to see the bridge above you when you are below it. When you get to the bridge follow it along to the opposite bank and turn right to start heading inland then you can start swimming over to the opposite bank back to your entry point. If you get swept inland past your original entry point it’s fairly easy to get out the water on the Oban side of the loch. Alternately with boat cover, you could go in and just drift along then get picked up by boat.
Site Hazards: Fast current at certain tides and up and down currents in between the supports at full flood.
Nearest Public phone: Unknown
Mobile Network service: Vodaphone T-mobile and Orange works
Other comments: The first thing to remember about this site is that the current can get very strong. I have often heard the site described as being a “mini falls of lora”. If you dive it during slack water or neap tides the current is quite manageable and it’s easy to swim against but be prepared and make sure you dive it on a rising tide so if you get into trouble you are taken inland rather than being dragged out into the Atlantic!
Pub: Pub at Corran
Created by: Jake
Date:15th February 2011
Underwater Photos: Utube
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