[PHOTO ESSAY] Loch diving in Scotland

Loch diving in Scotland

We are very lucky in Scotland. Thanks to its rugged geography and mild weather (please understand not warm in the summer but never too cold in the winter), we can dive all year round in the sea lochs (similar to the Norwegian Fjords) when the weather is too rough to dive in open seas. Last February and March, I did an extensive exploration of 3 sea lochs of the West Coast of Scotland to check if there were more than just dive sites to keep diving during the Winter. To give you an example of the conditions, in summer time water is at an average of 12°C, during the winter water in the sea lochs is at 8°C. The difference isn’t very big, either way, diving with a dry suit is the way to go. The funniest part was during a sunny weekend of February which meant a chilly temperature of -2°C in the morning: At 8°C, water was warmer that the air!

I loved that the ecosystem of the sea lochs offered a similar experience to famous muck diving sites in Asia such as Dauin in the Philippines  Of course, species are not the same. The point is to look for tiny critters in a muddy seabed full of surprises, for the greatest pleasure of underwater photographers. Below you will find a selection of my best shots and most interested species I met while diving in Loch Long, Loch Fyne, and Loch Creran.

To those of you who wonder if I could see Nessie, our beloved Loch Ness Monster… Unfortunately, Loch Ness is a fresh (murky) water loch, so like all fresh water lochs, it is not the best place to dive especially when the next sea loch is just a few miles away!

Sea loch anemones, A-Frames, Loch Long 

Sea loch anemones scuba diving Loch Long Scotland

Hermit crab, A-Frames, Loch Long

Hermit Crab scuba diving Loch Long Scotland

Butterfish, A-Frames, Loch Long

Butterfish scuba diving Loch Long Scotland

Queen scallop, Conger Alley, Loch Long

Queen scallop scuba diving Loch Long Scotland

Baby dead men fingers, Conger Alley, Loch Long

Baby dead men fingers scuba diving Loch Long Scotland

Sea loch anemone, Conger Alley, Loch Long

Sea loch anemone scuba diving Loch Long Scotland

Spiny squat lobster, St Cats, Loch Fyne

Spiny squat lobster Scuba diving Loch Fyne Scotland

Squat lobster, St Cats, Loch Fyne

Squat lobster Scuba diving Loch Fyne Scotland

Long-legged spider crab, St Cats, Loch Fyne

long-legged spider crab Scuba diving Loch Fyne Scotland

“Limacia Clavigera” Nudibranch, St Cats, Loch Fyne

Nudibranch Scuba diving Loch Fyne Scotland

Queen scallop & Sea cucumber, Loch Creran

sea cucumber and queen scallop scuba diving Loch Creran Scotland

Fireworks anemone, Loch Creran

Fireworks anemone scuba diving Loch Creran Scotland

I would like to address a big thank you to the overly friendly scuba divers from Glasgow who were nice enough to take me around the west coast to their favourite dive sites, these pictures wouldn’t have been possible without them!

This post is the first “photo essay” I’m publishing on World Adventure Divers. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more posts like this! 🙂

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8 responses to “[PHOTO ESSAY] Loch diving in Scotland

  1. I love the picture essay. Very beautiful pictures. I’ve heard ‘muck diving’ as being in ultra-low visibility (like South Carolina’s famous Cooper River dive for megalodon teeth) but your pictures are perfectly clear. Obviously muck diving isn’t what I thought it was. Are you looking for cool little creatures that live in muddy or sandy bottom environments rather than coral or rocky seabeds?

    • Thanks so much Bryan! Wow, I didn’t know about South Carolina. I love the diversity of all underwater critters in different ecosystems.

  2. Very nice pics! May I ask you wich sea lochs have you been scuba diving in ? Have you seen the scallops swimming? Thanks Flo for this blog.

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