Scotland – Historic Wreck Dives
Overview of diving in Scotland
Scotland is a rugged beautiful country with spectacular scenery. For those brave enough to venture beneath the waves a rich underwater environment awaits. Scotland has some world famous dive locations, including the wrecks of Scapa Flow on the island of Orkney and the Outer Hebrides where basking sharks, seals and other marine mammals can be spotted. The temperate waters also hold a diverse and abundant array marine life.
How to get to Scotland
Scotland has several major international aiports, with Glasgow and Edinburgh being the main gateways into Scotland. Internal flights are also available from other major cities in the UK. Driving from London to Edinburgh takes around 8 hours, while taking the train can take around 4 to 5 hours.
Nearest Airport Edinbrugh (EDI) Glasgow (GLA)
When to dive Scotland
Scotlands diving season is centered around the European summer months, when air temperatures are warmest. Sea temperatures lag a few months behind, the coldest months being January to April with temperatures dropping to around 7°C. It is possible to dive all year round, and many dive clubs continue to operate throughout the winter.
Water Temperature 6° to 16°C
Visibility 2m to 20m
Scotland dive locations
With the majority of the country being surrounded by water, there are many places to dive in Scotland. There are few dive centers in Scotland, and the majority of diving is done through joining dive clubs. Therefore if you are an international diver it is best to book well in advance with a dive center.
The most popular diving locations in Scotland include Scapa Flow on the Orkney Islands, the Isle of Mull, St Abbs and St Kilda.
So far we have managed to dive Scapa Flow and some of the coast of Aberdeenshire. Check out our posts for these areas below.
Scapa Flow on the island of Orkney is a place of paramount naval significance. Over 150 wrecks rest beneath the surface, many of which are warships from World War 1 and 2. They include the seven German High Sea Fleet ships surrendered at the end of WWI, as well as the war graves of the British battleships HMS Royal Oak and HMS Vanguard. There are very few places in the world where so many wrecks of incredible historic significance that can be accessed so easily.