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Isle of North Uist Diving

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Isle of North Uist dive guide

The Isle of North Uist is in the middle of the Irish Sea and is surrounded by clear water full of wrecks and marine life. Isle of North Uist diving has something to suit all tatses and experiences. The sheltered sea lochs, spectacular drop offs, submerged cliffs and wrecks make the diving here among the best in Europe.

Always dive according to your level of training. Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional. All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
The Isle of North Uist is the center of a group of Islands known as the Western Isles or the Hebrides. The Hebrides stretch over 100 miles (160 km) and are referred to as long island. The islands lie in a zone where warm waters of the Gulf Stream mix with cooler Arctic waters from the north which results in marine life that is characteristc of both regions. You will encounter porpoises, dolphins, basking sharks and whales.
The visibility here is great, sometimes exceeding 60 metres (196 feet) and the marine life abundant.

The Atlantic Ocean has a rugged coastline offering great views. The offshore islands are impresive. Monarch Isles has wonderful white sand beaches and harbours large colonies of Atlantic Grey Seals.

Loch Maddy is well known for its extraordinary marine life. you will encounter giant prawns, rays, sea pens, sea gurkins and sea cucumbers.

The Minch is a sheltered channel of the sea that separates the Outer Hebrides from the Scottish mainland. On the submerged reefs that drop to the sea bed there are lots of colourful jewel anemones, plumose anemones and sponges. Sea fans and devonshire cup corals are abundant. Many dive sites here are still undicovered but are very exposed.

The Butt of Lewis at the north of the Island has some very spectacular scenic diving. There are lots of rocky reefs, inlets and coves. Many are still to be discovered. St Kilda,one of the small islets has rocky scenery underwater with tunnels, caves and archways. The marine life is colourful and abundant and the visibility can sometimes go over 60 metres (196 feet).

There are many shipwrecks around these islands. Some are regularly dived while many are still believed to be undiscovered. One of the most famous is the SS Stassa in the Outer Hebrides. She sunk in 1966 on July 19th en route from Russia to Ireland with a cargo of timber. Some of the cargo is still visible.

The SS Burnside sunk in March 1933 while transporting a cargo of parrafin and limestone. A fire breakout was responsible for this accident. There's plenty of marine life around the stern.

The SS Politician, a popular wreck went down in foggy weather on 5 February 1941. She had a general cargo of whisky. Much of it was salvaged but apparently you can still see intact bottles of whisky.

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