Glas Island is without a doubt one of my favourite dive sites in Loch Fyne. We headed back there in March for another weekend of diving aboard the Fyne Pioneer. Otter Spit (a sand bar, not the drool of a small, furry aquatic mammal) effectively narrows the loch in the locality of Glas Island and accelerates the tidal flow past it. This makes for a proliferation of filter feeding life and a bottom that is swept free of the silt that can be found elsewhere in the loch.
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Loch Fyne, ‘Stallion Rock’ and ‘Gortein Point’ – December 2013
2013 was a pretty amazing year of diving for me. I managed to clock up over 100 dives (despite 2 months off due to a broken collar bone) in a whole range of places in both the UK and abroad. I dived all around the coast of Scotland at dive sites old and new in locations including Loch Fyne, Jura, The Firth of Lorn, Oban, Loch Linnhe, Loch Leven, Skye, Loch Duich, Loch Carron, The Moray Firth, St. Abbs, Eyemouth, and I even made it across the border to The Farne Islands. Further afield I enjoyed another return visit to the warmer waters of the Red Sea (Sharm El Sheikh) and I had my first chance to sample the stunning diving available at the Bunaken National Marine Park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. I also had a handful of great dives whilst visiting Bali.
The year finished as it had started, in the significantly colder waters of Loch Fyne where the diving can be just as stunning on a good day at the right dive site. It’s a great place for winter UK diving as the weather is rarely severe enough that you can’t get in for a dip somewhere along its length. Both shore and boat diving are available and this time we were back on board the Fyne Pioneer with skipper Simon Exley.
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Dogfish Reef, Loch Fyne – January 2013
This was my my first ever visit to this site and my second dive of the year on a very chilly but calm day back in January. We followed another of the dive guides over on the Finstrokes website which was typically spot on with all the details. We came across one solitary Dogfish shortly after setting off and I snapped a pic of it just in case it turned out to be the only one we saw. Ten minutes later and we were literally finding piles of them! Continue reading “Dogfish Reef, Loch Fyne – January 2013”
Stallion Rock and Eilean Glas, Loch Fyne – April 2013
Some pics from a couple of great dives in Loch Fyne back in April aboard the excellent Fyne Pioneer.
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