Alternative Names: Sean chroit sgeir na
Type of Dive: Easy shore dive on Loch Linnhe seven miles south of Fort William which is often used for training.
Suggested experience: Novice up...
Travel directions: Google Leaving Glasgow on the M8 cross the Erskin bridge onto the A82 and turn left at Crianlarich staying on the A82. At Tyndrum bear to the right still on the A82 over Rannoch Moor into Glencoe. On entering Glencoe you will see Loch Leven on the right, cross the bridge and after a few miles turn left Google down into the car park.
Parking directions: In the car park.
Distance from Glasgow: 100 Miles 2 hrs 11 Mins
Lat & Long: 56.741854,-5.205983 Nearest postcode PH33 6SJ Google
Tides: Tide tables
Site entry/exit: Dive 1: The car park and picnic site have a path down to the glaciated rocks on the point. The entry is the small pebble beach to the right (North) of this (entry bay). Dive two: from the entry bay a pebble spit runs out 100 yards north, at low water, this is exposed. Walk to the end of this
Underwater directions: Dive 1: Head straight out over a 3m shelf and down the slope to 6m, this brings you to the steep edge of a mud slope covered in multi-coloured brittle stars. This continues down to at least 25m where the angle appears too shallow (though the loch is much deeper). Scallops (few), queenies, anemonies and usual burrowing worms. Dogfish reported. A gentle drift when lower down the slope took us southwards. A few large dragonettes. Coming back up the slope we encountered an overhanging wall at 8m, covered in life (and mono-filament line and hooks) which we followed to the end of the dive surfacing at the point. Shoal of saith on the kelp here as well as leopard gobies. Others reported following this reef further and surfaced in the middle of the bay to the south.
Dive two: fin straight out to find a reef between 5-15m and boulder slope. Return to entry bay. Best done at low water to avoid long snorkel.
Site Hazards: No major Hazards.
Nearest Public phone: Contact me
Mobile Network service: Contact me
Other comments: This is a good site for a club training day, good parking and plenty of room.
Pub: The Corran Inn
Cafe: Fort William
Created By: Chris Hine Perth-BSAC
Thanks To: Dive Tramp for the pictures.
Links: Contact me
Underwater pics: By Dive Tramp
Dive Report: Nathan Messer 13/8/22 We did this site, and the wall was by far the best bit, but following the directions for dive 1 we came to it very late in the dive.
An alternative that we did as a follow-up is to enter the water as described for dive 1, but then when you hit around 8-10m, turn left (SW) and follow the contour until you hit the wall. You can then follow the wall and also head out over the brittlestar bed from the base of the wall for as much or as little as you fancy, knowing how to get back to the wall easily.
The life on the wall was varied. Lots of either Pollock or Saithe, lots of hydroids, a conger, large edible crab, lots of butterfish and Norwegian topknots, some interesting sea squirts, and spiny squat lobster.
The brittlestar bed was lots of brittlestars, a moderate number of sea squirts, and lots of small long clawed squat lobster, as well as a dab. Lots of life, but less varied than the wall.