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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
  • Diving in Loch Duich in the Highlands
    Diving in Loch Duich in the Highlands
  • 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 on dive boats where you can be out at sea for up to seven days at a time.

Scotland’s diving is among the most intriguing locations in the world. From the crystal clear, highly visible waters of St Abbs on the east coast to the hauntingly mysterious wrecks of Scapa Flow in Orkney, the country’s deep waters have many hidden wonders, unkempt wrecks and some magnificent marine life. 

Places to dive

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.

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 sparkling waters in Argyll & The Isles are the ideal place to try your hand at diving. Book a lesson with the Puffin Dive Centre, based near Oban, for the chance to see fish, crabs, octopus and beautiful underwater plant life.

Also in Argyll & The Isles, Loch Long is a popular spot for novice divers. Nested beneath the Arrochar Alps, this saltwater loch is where many new divers become qualified. Once a torpedo testing facility during the Second World War, it still is home to a number of wreckages and is also the habitat of marine wildlife and sea plants, from moray eels to minke whales.

Wreck diving

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.

Divers at Churchill Barrier No.3, Orkney

Divers at Churchill Barrier No.3, Orkney

The Scottish Sub-Aqua Club

Why not get expert diver training with the national governing body for diving in Scotland, the Scottish Sub-Aqua Club (ScotSAC)? Train for internationally recognised diving qualifications at branches throughout Scotland.

Where to get PADI certified

You can find out more information about learning to dive, by visiting the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) website. PADI offers a globally recognised certification, which is accepted worldwide and their courses are taught in most dive shops all over the world. Once you have your PADI Open Water certification, you can dive to depths of 18 m.

The Edinburgh- based Deep Blue Scuba is a 5-star PADI Instructor Development Centre, which offers PADI courses from Open Water to Instructor and takes students to some of Scotland’s safest waters to master the basics. You can also do these courses at several other locations, including with Scapa Scuba in Orkney and Puffin Dive Centre in Oban.

Find dive centres in Scotland below.

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  1. Swim4miles


    Multi-activity Centre



    Swim4Miles: specialised professional coach in the sport of open water swimming and escorting swimmers to challenge themselves to swim Loch Lomond, English Channel or anywhere!

  2. Scapa Scuba





    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


    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.

  4. Puffin Dive Centre




    • 5 Activity Centre
    5 Activity Centre

    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    Puffin Dive Centre offers Scuba Diving activities from beginner to expert. Try-a-Dive for the first time or become a certified diver on one of our SCUBA courses. Shore diving, rib diving and advanced courses for existing divers.

  5. Gradings


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


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