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Dunollie castle

Alternative Names: None

Type of Dive: Shore dive near Oban around the point at Dunollie castle

Suggested experience: Sport diver 

Travel directions: At Oban seafront head north on the shore road and leaving Oban you will see the ruined castle on the bend in the road. 

From Glasgow: 97 miles  2 hrs 16 Mins   Google

From Edinburgh:122 miles  3 hrs 55 mins Google  

Parking directions:  There is no parking here so dump the kit in front of the castle at the slip and drive the car around the corner to the bay and park.

Dunollie castle parking

Lat & Long: N56.42286  W5.48419  Postcode PA34 5TT  Google

Tides: Tide tables

Site entry/exit: Easy entry into the water down the slip and keep the wall to your right as you head off. Exit round the point in the bay shown below. Check your exit point before you dive as it can get overgrown in the summer.

Dunollie castle entryDunollie castle exit

Underwater directions: Head north around the bay staying close to the reefs which are covered in colourful Deadmen's Fingers, Sunstars, Devonshire Cup Corals, and lots of Featherstars onto a small 12m wall then exit in the bay.

Air & Nitrox:   Puffin  

Site Hazards: Currents heading north making the exit hard.

Nearest Public phone:  Oban

Mobile Network service:  Most networks work here.

Accommodation: Oban Backpackers   Backpackers plus    Corran Hostel

Other comments: In the summer the exit can be covered in bracken at the fence so check your exit point first.

Pub: The Oban Inn

Cafe: The Kettle  in the Castle

Version: 2

Thanks To: Eastwood divers.

Links: None for here.

Created by: John Nicolson 

Date: 21/11/13

Surface Photos: John Nicolson

Underwater Photos: By Robbie Neilson

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Dive Map: Not required here.

Dive Report: Mikey b 6-9 April 2012  Dropped in on a slight tide just on the corner. I was diving with my recently qualified buddy again and we had a really nice dive over reefs covered in thick colourful Deadmen's Fingers and a few Sunstars and Devon Cup Corals, and lots of Featherstars. Found a huge Tritonia Nudibranch munching on Soft Coral, but the highlight was an Octopus that emerged from its hole and jetted past us, which made my buddies day! Finished the dive at the 10m Kelp-topped wall round in the bay.

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