diving is varied and offers great wreck diving in the
world class Scapa Flow. Off the East Coast there are still many
wrecks which have not been dived before. Although Scotland is
known for it's wreck diving there are also some superb underwater
cliffs, reefs and opportunities for great drift dives. The sea
life includes porpoises, dolphins and whales
and the West Coast has become the best place to see
Average air temperatures:
In January and February 41°F to 45°F (5°C to
and summer has average temperatures of 66°F
Water temperatures range from about 4°C (39°F)
in January to March, to about 13°C (55°F) in
July to September. A dry suit with a warm undersuit is needed
for most of the year. A thick semi-dry may be adequate from
late spring to early autumn.
Coldest time: January and February
Warmest time: July and August Possible to dive
all year round weather permitting.
Best time to dive between May and September.
Worst time to dive: There is no bad time to
dive but the tidal currents in Scotland can be treachorous.
Therefore before diving anywhere find out about the tides. Visibility
can be very variable. The west coast of Scotland has a reputation
for better visibility than the east.
Scotland diving has a lot of highlights. The
renowned Scapa Flow boasts famous wrecks like the SMS Dresden,
the SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm, the SMS Brummer and the SMS Konig.
The Scottish west coast port of Oban offers
some of the best diving in northern Europe around the islands
and inlets of the Inner Hebrides. Boasting
excellent visibility the area has abundant marine life. Most
dive sites are sheltered which makes them suitable for both
beginners and intermediate divers.
St Abbs offers some great diving around its
rocky islets and Scotland's only marine reserve, the
Eyemouth Nature Reserve.
In Ullapool you can dive the famous Conservation
Cave (also known as Cathedral Cave) and some famous wrecks.