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Scots pine bay

Alternative Names:  Rubha Suanphort

Type of Dive:  Scenic shore dive in Loch Sunart.

Suggested Experience: Open water/sport diver

Travel directions: From Edinburgh / Glasgow: Approx 3 hours drive.  From Edinburgh head North (M9/A84/A85) via Stirling and Callander to Crianlarich. From Glasgow head for Loch Lomond along A82 (turning right at Tarbet) to Crianlarich. From Crianlarich, follow A82 through Glencoe and Ballachulish following signs for Onich / Fort William. Continue through the village of Onich and just a short distance out of Onich; turn left at the signpost for the Corran Ferry. Take the short regular ferry crossing to Ardgour and turn immediately left off the ferry ramp onto the A861 marked for Strontian. Continue through Strontian on the A861 for approx a further 10 miles and take a left hand turn onto the B8007, which immediately takes you into the village of Salen. From Salen its 2.2 miles 

Parking directions:  In dry weather cars can be parked by the beach, although in winter 4x4 vehicles are only advised to park here. Alternative parking is at the top of the track to the right (facing away from the beach), where there is a safe indent in the road below the woods

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Lat & Long:  N56.693034 W-5.802332  Postcode PH36 4JN  Google

Tides: Tide tables

Depth:  25m

Site entry/exit:  entry/exit over large stones on the beach

Underwater directions:  From the shore head South, and follow the boulder reef on your left that is partially covered in kelp to around 12m at high water, then turn due East into the next bay. This bay is of a coarse sandy and shingly bottom composition suitable for scallops. Swim right across this bay for 10 minutes and onto the next kelp-free smooth boulder reef which runs North/South. Follow this South for a stunning comparison to the bay, as the whole formation drops down to 20 - 25m and is covered in brittle stars providing a white rolling topography. Getting back is easy navigation, just follow the reef back North, then turn West and you will be back to the entrance of the first bay.

Air & Nitrox:   Ardnamurchan Charters      Puffin divers 

Site Hazards:

Nearest Public phone: in Salen

Mobile Network service: Contact me

Accommodation: Ariundle bunkhouse   Self-catering

Other comments:

Pub:  The Nearest pub is in Salen  Hotel  

Cafe:  in Salen

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Links: None I can find

Created by: Peter Gunn

Date:  25/2/20

Surface Photos:  By Peter Gunn

Underwater Photos: Contact me

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