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Catterline island

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Type of Dive: Catterline island is an easy shore dive Known for spotting seals.

Suggested experience: Sport/novice 

Travel directions: A92 6 miles South of Stonehaven Google

Parking directions:   Park just 20m past the harbour (space for 8 cars.)

catterline island parking

Distance from Stonehaven: 6 Miles 12 Mins Edinburgh: 112 miles  2 hrs 30 mins

Lat & Long: N56 53.529 W2 12.668  Postcode AB39 2UL  Google

Depth:  6m

Tides: Tide tables  1hr after Stonehaven Best dived at high tide.

Site entry/exit:  To the harbour side of the big rock, natural sort of gully to follow. Better than swimming out from the pier end. 

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Underwater directions: Surface swim or underwater most divers seem to surface swim out to the island but as its only 6m deep you can take a bearing of 165 deg and 230m to the island over a pebble stone bottom.  When you get to the island you can look in all the cracks and see plenty of sea life, circumnavigate the Island and back to the shore.

Air & Nitrox: Splash sports

Site Hazards: Tide as marked, dive and creel boats.

Nearest Public phone:  In the village 

Mobile Network service:  None at the harbour but mobile at the village "high ground" 

Pub: Creel Inn  its good but pricey

Cafe None close to here.

Created By: Gavin Barnett  

Date: Dec 2008

Revision: 2

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Surface Photos: By Gavin Barnett

Underwater Photos:  Contact me

Dive Map: By Gavin Barnett.

Catterline island dive map

Dive Report: Dolphins if your lucky, Seals, Lobsters & Crabs in the rock cracks. Wrasse aplenty. Hard pebble stone bottom at the beach. Some sand before the tide corner. All in all a nice wee splash. I have dived this solo many times in the summer months. Early morning is my favourite time followed by a can of cold lager......... Get there before the crowds. 

Dive Report:  Kinnell 17/12/2009 Dived this site many times. The island is further away than you think. I tend to surface swim out if I can be arsed. Plenty to see and the vis is usually quite good. Often see seals if you like that sort of thing (personally I've got better things to do on a dive than be sexually assaulted by an aquatic dog). You can have just as good a dive staying close to shore as long as it's high tide. Low tide I'd be heading out to the island. 

Dive Report: Yogi  16/1/11   If you are in the area, it's worth a crack at high tide. But it's a long surface swim for what is really a mediocre dive. I've found it best to surface swim out, then make sure of my bearing and return underwater. It's a long way but just 5 or 6 metres deep so you don't have any safety stops to worry about.

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