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Drishaig reef

Alternative Names: Joe's Reef

Type of Dive:  Shore dive in Loch Fyne on mud slope with boulders and lots of sea life.

Suggested experience: Novice with good buoyancy control.

Distance from Glasgow: 52 miles 1hr 30mins Google

Travel directions  Follow A83 towards Inveraray past the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. 2 ½ miles along the road pull into the fourth layby on the left-hand side. There are several pulling in places along the road but count the ones indicated by the blue P signs

Parking directions: Layby on the left-hand side heading north.

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Lat & Long :  56° 14.974'N:4° 58.793'W   Postcode PA26 Google

Tides:  Tide tables

Depth: We dived 0 – 26m but could go deeper.

Site entry/exit:  Kit up in the layby and walk down to the shore. The walk down to the shore is quite steep. We dived at low water, the beach was cobbles and pebbles giving way to slippery brown seaweeds at the water’s edge.

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Underwater directions: Swim out on a bearing of 150 degrees, turn 240 degrees, then 330 degrees back home.

Site Hazards: Silty bottom – careful finning required

Nearest Public phone: Loch Fyne Oyster Bar

Accommodation: Inveraray   Arrochar

Mobile Network service: Contact me

Other comments: This is a dive where thornback and cuckoo rays have been seen,

Created By:  Phoebe Sparke

Pub: Loch Fyne Oyster Bar  Cairndow Inn

Cafe: Loch Fyne Oyster Bar

Air & Nitrox: Aquatron  Splashsports  Argyll Caravan Park,

Date:    13 April 2012

Revision:  1

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Links: Utube

Surface Photos: By Phoebe Sparke

Underwater Photos: By PhoebeSparke

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Dive Report:  PhoebeSparke 15/4/12  A splendid little dive! As we waded in over cobbles and pebbles, these gave way to a muddy bottom. We saw slender seapens at about 10m and these carried on down to 26m. Turning right we then came across boulders with lots of life – peacock worms, fluted sea squirts and copious sea loch anemones in a vast range of sizes – looked like a nursery ground. Between the rocks on the muddy bottom pink spotted sea cucumbers were quite profuse, as were shore crabs, blennies and squat lobsters. Large spiny starfish and smaller common starfish languished in the mud whilst their cousins, the common brittle stars were hidden away amidst the animal turf on the rocks. Nice flatfish, dragonet and Yarrels blenny. Superb

Dive Report:  Pete Gunn  There's a Langoustine bed that starts at 25m here, quite a dark dive too but viz was good when we did it. Good dive site need to go back here again soon!

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