dsd content copyright info

dive site directory providing information on diving and dive sites all over the world

free online diving information and dive site reviews

location map or:

home - news | highlights | dive sites a-z | search | contribute review | log book | about us | environment | diving events | screen saver & desktop backgrounds


World | UK | Scotland | Diving St Abbs:

St Abbs overview


Wrecks:

Reefs:


Other Information Online:




Please note: we cannot
endorse the services of
companies listed. We recommend that you only dive with dive centers that are accredited by a major diving association or by their local tourist authority.




print dive site review | contribute site info / photo


Octopus at East Black Carrs, diving St Abbs, Scotland - courtesy of Tony Gilbert
Tritonia hombergii with eggs at East Black Carrs, diving St Abbs, Scotland - courtesy of Tony Gilbert
Sea urchin at East Black Carrs, diving St Abbs, Scotland - courtesy of Tony Gilbert

Scuba Diving in St Abbs, Scotland

Reader Reviews:

Dive Site: East Black Carrs

Location: St. Abbs, Scotland

Description: Shore dive

Depth: 12 - 30 metres (40 - 100 feet)

Visibility: 10 metres (30 feet)

Rating: ***

Surprisingly enough this site is east of Black Carrs and exhibits a similar topography to that of its more popular cousin. The big difference is this reef is offshore and doesn't break the surface, although the highest point I've found was around 12-14m. 30m can be found on this site, often cross currents sweep the area creating upwellings which can be dodged by hugging the natural channels of rock. Huge long rectangular rocks form deep trenches and they are jam packed with big bushy white deadman's fingers. If the sun is shining it's a wonderful place, but can be a little gloomy otherwise and certainly has a much deeper feel to it. Large boulders are in fields, and these stop abruptly at huge towering walls of rock, a mass of reef fingers with more gullies, creating many places to avoid the current.

If diving on air, no decompression limits can be reached quickly so Nitrox is preferred. As with all of the deeper sites, brittlestar beds are all over and this site is particularly favoured by wolfish - sometimes free swimming, sometimes two in a hole. Also seen here are ling which look like a small conger when in the hole, when free swimmimg you can it's a fish. The difference is a ling has a single chin barbel and the body is usually brownish. There have been reports of the odd conger here and on Black Carrs hiding in the deep recesses.

On the occasions I've dived this site it is possible to stay shallow if dropped in the right place (14-15m) but on other occasions current can drift you over deeper parts 'forcing' the diver to go deeper. A delayed SMB should be used as the site is offshore and surge, boat traffic and more usually dive boats can be encountered.

Tony Gilbert



Do you have any comments on this dive site?


Name:

Email:

Please Note: The form must have an e-mail address or it will not send to us (to stop us from getting too much spam) if you don't want to leave your address just make one up, however we would ask that you please give us your address in case we need to clarify any of the information you have given us. (privacy policy)

send us a photo of this dive site



print dive site review | contribute site info / photo | top



Do you run a dive operation in this area?

Click here to find out more about being listed on this
page in dive site directory.