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Leth alt bridge

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Type of Dive: Leth alt bridge is a deep shore dive in Loch Duich with great sea life probably due to the freshwater from an leth-allt river.

Suggested Experience: Suitable for experienced divers to your dive qualification. 

Travel directions: From Glasgow 169 miles / 4 hours A82 through Fort William, turning left at Invergarry onto A87. its 4.5 miles past Shiel Bridge. (400m past the garage) From the north its 3.7 miles south of Eilean Donan Castle.

Parking directions: From the south park in the layby just past the bridge (room for eight cars)...See picture below.

Leth alt bridge parking

Lat & Long:  57.250208,-5.472170  Postcode IV40 8HB  Google

Tides: Tide tables   349 Kyle of Lochalsh  For weather use postcode above

Depth: 50m+

Site entry/exit: Walk back over the bridge and down the path shown in the picture below (30m) and walk down the path to the water (45m), enter the water next to the assorted debris, steelwork, old dinghy etc and swim out just passed the floating steel platform. Be careful as there's lots of floating rope around it.

Leth alt bridge site entry/exitLeth alt bridge 

Underwater directions: Drop down here and swim straight out veering slightly left. The bottom is initially stones and weed and then a fairly gradual silty mud slope. Be careful as at the 15-20m mark there are old sunken moorings with loops of rope floating a few metres off the bottom. And it can be very dark here! From below 40m to beyond 50m you with find forests of tall sea pens, interspersed with phosphorescent and slender sea pens and the odd firework anemone. Heading back up the slope from here, at around 25-30m you will reach terraced rockfaces covered in peacock worms, sea loch anemones and brittlestars with some big sandy ledges. Keep these rock faces on your right shoulder and they will shallow off then give way to rocks and weed and you should be at or very near the floating platform where you started the dive.

Air & Nitrox:  Dave Black of 5 Bells Diving in Lochcarron.  Tel 07812 605 771 Facebook

Site Hazards: Depth, floating rope, 

Nearest Public phone: None close to here....probably Kyle of Lochalsh.

Mobile Network service: Contact me

Accommodation:  Several in Inverinate and Kyle of Lochalsh. Kintail Lodge Hotel also offers budget bunk room accommodation Duirinish Holiday Lodges and Caberfeidh Guest House Tel01599 555293   Red house

Other comments: There are 3 species of sea pen in Loch Duich, Slender sea pen, phosphorescent sea pen and the common sea pen. You can also dive Inverinate and  Keppoch just down the road.

Pub: The Dornie Hotel    The Clachan

Cafe:  Kyle of Lochalsh

Version: 1

Thanks To: Gerald Storey and Mike Dive for pictures.

Links:  Marine protected area

Created by: Claire Hurren

Date: 10/11/18

Surface Photos:  By Claire Hurren

Underwater Photos:  By Mike dive at 50m

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