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Type of Dive:   Kinlochbervie on Loch Inchard is a good shore dive with a wall and boulder slope.

Suggested experience:  Any

Distance from Inverness:   95 miles  2hr 30min Along the 838 until you get to the B801 to Kinlochbervie. Follow this through the little hamlets of Achriesgill, Inshegra and Badcall. Finally, as you come down a big hill into Kinlochbervie it is the first turning on the left. Look for the inland loch on your right and the turning is directly opposite this. It is only a small turning beside a white house and easy to miss. Follow this for a few hundred yards when it becomes a track across a stretch of grass beside the little bay.

Parking directions:  On the grass above the rocky beach

Kinlochbervie parking

Lat & Long: N58.454295  W-5.036389  Postcode IV27 4RW  Google map

Tides:  Tide tables

Depth:  18-20m

Site entry/exit:  Across a rocky beach


Underwater directions:   Swim out keeping to the left following the wall around. As it gets deeper so the kelp disappears (look for bright yellow scorpion fish here) and the rock forms a cliff in places and steep boulder slope in others. These cliffs and many of the large boulders are covered in beautiful loch anemones and a few peacock worms. Pink and white sea squirts are dotted about, as are the odd cup coral. Many different types of sea stars, cushion, spiny, common, and purple and sun and sand stars decorate the rocks and the seabed. Cuckoo wrasse, poor cod and gold sinny weave their way in and out of the rocks and leopard spotted gobies lurk on sandy shelves. As you move along the sandy bottom at the bottom of the rocks it gradually becomes more silty and there are some very large langoustine here. I was lucky enough to see some compass jellyfish on this dive. Four of them were 'hanging' around. Really lovely dive with nice easy parking and entry.

Air & Nitrox:  Jimmy Crooks at Lochinver Tel 01571 844 362,  Lazy Crofter at Durness Tel 01971 511202  and James Forsyth in Scourie

 Tel 01971502315.

Site Hazards:  None known

Nearest Public phone: Contact me

Mobile Network service: Contact me

Accommodation:   Lazy Crofter at Durness  Tel 01971 511202 Kinlochbervie Loch Clash Campervan Stopover. Loads of places for wild camping in the general area. 

Other comments: There are otters here. I spent a lot of time watching one catch fish and take it back to the shore to eat. There is an ATM and a couple of shops in Kinlochbervie.

Pub: The Kinlochbervie Hotel

Cafe: None close to here.

Created By:  Jane Wilkinson 

Date:   August 2012

Revision:  1

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Links:  None so far

Surface Photos: By Jane Wilkinson

Underwater Photos:   By Jane Wilkinson

Purple starfishSea squirts

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