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Kelp at Rubha Nan Clach, diving Isle of Skye, Scotland
Sea urchin at Rubha Nan Clach, diving Isle of Skye, Scotland
Rock cook at Rubha Nan Clach, diving Isle of Skye, Scotland

Scuba Diving in Skye, Scotland

Dive Site: Rubha Nan Clach

Location: Loch Bracadale, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Description: Sloping reef dive

Depth: 23 metres (75 feet)

Visibility: 8 metres (25 feet)

Rating: ***

A moderately sloping wall at the base of a steep cliff at the entrance to the loch. We dived heading southeast towards shore rather than out to sea. This is a dive site to do if the wind is too strong and the waves are too high in the Minch. It doesn't compare to the dive sites outside of the loch, but it was a pleasant enough experience none the less.

There were a few large pollack in the deeper water and a lot of smaller individuals close to the rocks, so maybe this somewhere for the juveniles to develop in the relative calm compared to the exposed sea. Starfish, velvet swimming crabs and sea urchins are all around, and the rocks themselves host a whole display of life worth studying. In the shallows the rocks are covered in kelp but lower down there are sea squirts, sponges, cup corals and anemones. In amongst them were some of the smallest starfish I have ever seen!

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