Lochaline dive centre will continue to have oxygen on site but will not stock helium.

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Lochaline Dive centre new management

Calum and Faith are the proud new owners of the business. We are currently upgrading the system therefore the e mail address may be down a couple of days. We can still be contacted on 01967421627 or  (m) 07748440090.

It will be business as usual, we will contact everyone over the next week to confirm your bookings and any deposits paid.  Please note that the bank pay in details have changed.


Calum & Faith

Eat Sleep Dive Lochaline Ltd



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Citizen Science in the Sound of Mull

Groups diving with us this summer can get involved in recording the life on some of our favourite dive sites. We want to record the life on the sites on a continuous basis and build up a baseline of information which may change over the years as the marine protected area status takes affect. If you fancy some Citizen Science whether it be counting starfish or taking photos along a transect, or measuring exposed timber on our older wrecks then let us know when you book and we will get it organised for you.




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Sound of Mull 2016 spaces on trips

We have spaces on the following trips:


August 27th- 31st 6 spaces 6 nights and 5 days diving ( good time to see the Basking Sharks)

August 26th-28th 2 days diving and 2 nights accommodation 3 spaces

We still have dates in April, June, July and August for trips and the weather for 2016 will be better than 2015 ……







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Paul Barfoot #yourdive

Ian and Sound Diver

Ian and Sound Diver

My first visit to Lochaline, and indeed to Scotland, was in August 2011. The drive to Lochaline puts you in holiday mood even before the diving commences! With my club (BSAC Slough 491) we dived a variety of wrecks including Shuna, Rondo, Thesis, Breda, Meldon, Hispania, and Swan. We also included a scallop dive and other scenic dives.

Phosphorescent sea pen -Pennatula phosphorea

Phosphorescent sea pen -Pennatula phosphorea

From the start it was apparent that Scottish diving was going to be rather special. I found a beautiful nudibranch (janolus), the first of many.
Other fauna is plentiful and varied. The wrecks are suitable for all grades of diver, ranging from about 15- 30m.

Crystal Sea Slug - Janolus cristata

Crystal Sea Slug – Janolus cristata

My second visit was in August 2013. On this occasion we had the use of the super fast Fyne Pioneer RIB which gave us access to more distant sites, whilst being able to return to base between dives.

Scampi/Norway lobster - Nephrops norvegicus

Scampi/Norway lobster – Nephrops norvegicus

The undisputed highlight of this trip was when basking sharks were sighted enroute to the Tapti wreck near the island of Coll. We slipped into the water with mask, snorkels and fins. Within a few minutes there were 14 huge sharks around us, jaws gaping!

Basking Shark - Cetorhinus maximus

Basking Shark – Cetorhinus maximus

All thoughts of wrecks disappeared, as we enjoyed a truly magical experience.

Yellow edged policer - Polycera faeroensis

Yellow edged policer – Polycera faeroensis

One very special dive happened as a result of personal misfortune. My drysuit zip failed after the morning dive, so I missed the afternoon dive. I had a spare drysuit with me, so our skipper Simon invited me to do an evening dive with him on the wall by the Lochaline Hotel. We entered at 10pm in almost complete darkness and descended to about 18m. The wall was alive with squat lobsters, nudibranchs and other hunting creatures. It was inky black, but a fabulous dive – thanks Simon!

Authour and photographer: Paul Barfoot

Date: 22/07/2015

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Dive, Dive, Dive …..Sound of Mull is now a Marine Protected Area!

We still have some spaces available for all you keen divers, photographers, shipwreck wreckies, marine life lovers and bubbleheads-

This weekend Rondo, Calve Island, Hispania, Shuna, Grey Rocks, Duart Dive into History

Saturday July 4th join us for a day

Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July  – 3 spaces

Friday 24th July- Sunday 26th July diving Saturday and Sunday – 6 spaces

Friday 31st July -Sunday 2nd August diving Saturday and Sunday 10 spaces

Monday 31st August 6 spaces

Friday 4th- Sunday 6th September diving Saturday and Sunday full charter

Friday 2nd October- Sunday 4th October diving Saturday and Sunday full charter

Friday 16th October-Monday 19th October diving Saturday Sunday Monday 5 spaces

Friday 31st October- Sunday 2nd November diving Saturday and Sunday 6 spaces ( water really warm by November 14 degrees)

Friday 7th November – Sunday 9th November full charter

Friday 14th November- Sunday 16th November full charter

Friday 21st November- Sunday 23rd November full charter

Friday 28th November -Sunday 30th November diving Saturday and Sunday 6 spaces




The Fife Renegades diving on the Rondo March 2014

The Fife Renegades diving on the Rondo March 2014


The Rondo in Profile


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Explore our MHPA in the Sound of Mull

The shipwreck site at  Duart Point designated as a Marine Historic Protected Area now has an underwater trail to help you explore the shipwreck from 1653.  Site plans are available from Lochaline Dive Centre and the Nautical Archaeology Society. Watch the movie and below and book for your Dive Into History

To book contact Annabel –



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Marine Biology at Lochaline Dive Centre

A new post at Lochaline Dive Centre is looking for a Marine Biologist.  Take a look at the ScotGrad




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Historic Wrecks

As you probably know The Sound of Mull is famous for it’s wrecks like the Hispania, Shuna and Thesis. My professional interest in the Sound of Mull started when I was studying to become an underwater archaeologist at the University of St Andrews and ended up working on the 17th Century shipwreck at Duart Point.   Just before Christmas some like minded underwater archaeologists from MSDS Marine came to the Sound of Mull to investigate some of our lesser known sites. Any budding archaeologists out there?  Try and identify the images below……



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Spring dates available for booking!

We have some great weekend dates available for some Spring diving in the Sound of Mull.

The weekend of the Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April is available for booking.

Arrive Friday 24th April, dive the 25th and 26th, two dives per day on some of the best wrecks in the country.

Accommodation £35 per person per night and £45 per person per day on one of our hard boats – divers lift, comfortable wheel house, tea and coffee etc.

Get in touch at for booking and info!

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