Alternative Names: Salen Pier, Isle of Mull
Type of Dive: Salen Pier is an interesting shore dive around and under the pier. Webcam
Suggested experience: All grades.
Travel directions: Follow the A849 towards Tobermoray when you reach Salen turn right and follow the road to the pier. Google
Parking directions: Ample parking for residents of the House and Lodge passed the cattle grid and parking for visitors near the old pier so just park considerately.
Distance from Tobermory: 11 Miles 18 Mins
Lat & Long: 56.524477,-5.94105 Postcode PA72 6JJ Google
Tides: Tide tables
Depth: 10m – best done at high tide
Site entry/exit: Enter the water by walking down the small rock beach to the left of the pier facing the sea.
Underwater directions: Swim out at the end of the pier it suddenly drops to 8m and it is here there is most life. There is a rock and concrete base to support the end of the pier and this covered with life. Initially, there seems to be very little but on further examination, you will find some well-concealed scorpionfish, nudibranchs, cup corals, sea squirts, and tiny sea stars. Going to the left or right of the pier there are rocks, some covered with kelp with a few crabs etc, but not a great deal of life. Swimming straight out there is little but the flattened kelp on the seabed hints at the speed of the currents that rush down here, so something to beware of. This is not a fantastic site in comparison to many but for someone who likes small marine life or the macro photographer, there is plenty here.
Site Hazards: Currents see above
Nearest Public phone: Contact me
Mobile Network service: Vodafone, O2 and Orange work well.
Accommodation: Salen Pier House
Other comments: The pier is privately owned by Peter and Susanne who have Salen Pier House which sleeps 13 and 4 in the Lodge. The pier has a gate across it and has been extensively renovated. The slipway is private and non-residents should contact Peter and Susanne in advance. Residents of the House or Lodge have free access.
Created By: Jane Wilkinson
Thanks To: Peter and Susanne of Salen pier house.
Date: Dec 2010
Underwater Photos: Contact me
Dive Map: Contact me
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