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  • Two divers entering the water off Churchill Barrier No. 3 connecting Glimps Holm and Burray, Orkney
    Two divers entering the water Churchill Barrier No. 3, Orkney
  • Divers on the surface of the water and under instruction from the Scapa Scuba Dive Centre
    Instruction from Scapa Scuba Dive Centre
  • Two scuba divers breach the surface of Loch Duich and admire Eilean Donan Castle which lies before them
    Eilean Donan Castle
  • Three divers on the surface of the water at Scapa Flow
    Scapa Scuba divers descending to the wrecks in Scapa Flow, Orkney
  • A diver gains some instruction before heading out into the water
    Scapa Scuba Dive Centre

From battle ships to merchant trawlers, the waters of Scotland feature some of the world’s most exciting diving sites. There are diving opportunities for all abilities with dive companies offering everything from day trips, to on-board accommodation dive boats which can see you out at sea for up to seven days at a time.

The peaceful, sheltered waters of Scotland offer not just calm conditions and world-class wreck diving but also the chance to spot wonderful marine wildlife and fauna.

Scapa Flow in Orkney is one of Scotland’s best diving spots where divers can enjoy the unique opportunity of exploring the site where the German First World War fleet was scuttled in 1918.

The surrounding islands of Mainland, Graemsay, Burray, South Ronaldsay and Hoy make this one of the largest sheltered anchorages in the world and it is a graveyard of sunken ships.

The Sound of Mull on the west coast of Scotland offers divers a number of exciting sites, including the wrecks of the Hispania, Rhondo, Thesis, Shuna and also the Breda, which support a variety of marine life. There are also plenty drift, shallow, scenic and shore dive sites in the area. Head a little further north to Calve Island and you will find some excellent cliff diving with pinnacles rising to over 90 m.

Diving centres such as Barra Snorkel Safari offer guided tours of the waters around the islands which are bursting with a fascinating collection of marine life. They provide full equipment hire, including drysuits, undersuits, snorkels and fins, as well as guidance for all levels of diver. 

The pristine coastal waters of Berwickshire are also idea for scuba diving. Uncover rocky reefs which are home to an astonishing array of marine flora and fauna at St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve, the first of its kind in Britain. It’s no surprise that divers have been coming here for decades. For more information about diving, visit the Scottish Sub Aqua Club (SSAC), which offers diver training for all abilities.

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  1. Gradings

    Castlebay

    Welcome to Barra Snorkel Safari where you can get the opportunity to see more of Barra than you thought you would!

  2. Scapa Scuba

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    Gradings

    Stromness

    Scapa Scuba is a PADI dive centre specialising in small groups and individuals. Catering for experienced divers and complete beginners! TRY A DIVE! A great experience not to be missed - and only £80! This ‘one-on-one’ dive with an instructor is

  3. Gradings

    Inveraray

    Hello from Quebec Marine Services. We provide Boat Hire and Dive Air at very reasonable prices on the shores of Scotland's beautiful sea loch's, Loch Fyne at Inveraray. In operation within the Argyll Caravan Park for over thirty years.

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