Historic wreck dives and temperate kelp reefs to explore
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 historic wrecks of Scapa Flow on the island of Orkney. Some of the wrecks at Scapa Flow date back to WWI and are a must do when diving in Scotland. In the waters of the Outer Hebrides basking sharks, seals and other marine mammals can be spotted. Meanwhile shore diving the temperate waters will reveal and array of kelp covered reefs with diverse and abundant array marine life.
Best dive sites in Scotland
Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands
By far the most famous dive location in Scotland, Scapa Flow is still the resting place of a number of German naval ships from WWI. Some of these wrecks are over 150m in length. There are remnants from WWII as well such as the Churchhill Barrier blockship wrecks and HMS Royal Oak.
Isle of Mull
The Isle of Mull is famous for encounters with basking sharks which can regularly be spotted between April and September.
Some of the best shore diving to be found in the UK, with caves and tunnels to explore.
Porthlethen Village, Aberdeenshire
So far this is our favourite dive site in Scotland beside Scapa Flow. Pinnacles covered in kelp rise up from the seafloor while curious seals will come and check you out.
This remote island is hard to get to yet those who make the journey will be rewarded with some of the best diving in Scotland. Great visibility, caves, tunnels and a superb array of life including seals awaits.
Dive site reports and useful information from our scuba diving and freediving trips in Scotland.
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.
The coastline of Aberdeenshire and the north east of Scotland is a mix of beautiful sandy beaches, sheltered bays and rocky cliffs. The rocky areas of the coastline offer some nice diving and snorkelling with dive sites full of kelp, crabs, lobsters and fish and even the occasional seal or dolphin.
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
Useful information when traveling to Scotland
Time Zone UTC +0 hours
Currency Great British Pound (GBP)
Electricity 230 V
Plug Socket G
Calling Code +44