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Scuba Diving in Oban, Scotland, UK, Europe

Water temperature:

4°C (39°F) from January to March to 14°C (64°F) from July to September


A drysuit is highly recommended


5 - 20 metres (15 - 65 feet)

Type of diving:

Wreck and wall dives

Marine life:

Whales, porpoises, seals, dogfish, pollack, wrasse, conger eels, octopus, cuttlefish, jellysfish, crabs, sea urchins, brittle stars, starfish, sponges

When to go:

June to September if you don't like cold water!

How to get there:

By Air - British Airways and budget airline EasyJet operate flights to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness

By Train or Coach - Trains and bus services operate from Glasgow and Fort William to Oban

By Car - The M8 west from Glasgow leads to the A82 along Loch Lomond and the A85 to Oban. Caledonian MacBrayne offer daily ferry services from here to Mull. For Lochaline take the A828 north just before Oban to a ferry at Loch Linhe, Corran. Head south form here on the A861 and A884

Sound of Mull - Courtesy of Clare McNeill

The Sound of Mull lies between the Isle of Mull and the Morven Peninsula of mainland Scotland and is a highly popular destination for UK divers. The reason for its popularity is the range of diving that is offered in reasonable conditions. There are many picturesque wrecks at shallow depths such as the Shuna and more demanding ones like the Rondo. The abundance of wrecks is a result of the bad weather that plagues the area. This doesn’t mean diving will be blown out however, as the sites are spread out so you are guaranteed to find somewhere sheltered. Diving isn’t restricted to wrecks as there are rocky outcrops, such as Calve Island, that serve as interesting wall dives with faulted ledges and overhangs.

The water is generally clear and green and there may be strong currents, particularly after a lot of rain. Many UK dive clubs do their own rib diving in the area, launching from Tobermory, Lochaline or Oban. There are also plenty of liveaboards and charter boats that operate from the same three places. All of these dive boats do mean that the water can get crowded, particularly on bank holidays. Life is abundant and varied, with dogfish, pollack, octopus, cuttlefish, wrasse, corals, crabs, hydroids, nudibranchs, plumose anemones and sea squirts being found. It has been known for porpoises and whales to be seen in the area. Above water there is plenty of attractive Scottish countryside, castles, boat trips and wildlife spotting to be done.

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