Visiting diving groups may use the facilities with prior agreement with
the owners. This can be either by directly contacting Salen Pier
Ltd or when booking one of the adjacent houses,
Salen Pier House or
Salen Pier Lodge or
Boat charter is available locally from
Tobermory. These vessels land at the pier when using the local
accommodation, or with prior agreement.
|Local dive sites.
- Hispania: This Swedish merchant vessel (644 net
tonnes) sank in 1954. This wreck remains fairly
intact and although she is gradually disintegrating
with time, she remains one of Scotland's finest
wreck dives. The amount of marine growth over the
hull during the summer months is quite exceptional.
A slack water dive.
- Shuna: Wrecked in 1913 while carrying a cargo of
coal, the steel steamship Shuna, built in Holland
(880 net tonnes) was discovered in 1991, and lies
intact and upright in 30 metres (16 metres to the
deck). The wreck is diveable at all states of the
- Fuinary Rocks: An interesting scenic dive inside
of the navigation marker amidst a series of reefs
and gullies close to the shore. Plenty of life among
- Rondo: Wrecked in 1935, this tramp steamer (2363
gross tonnes and 80 metres in length), lies bow down
in 54 metres on a steep slope with the stern in 9
metres. The ship is still reasonably intact and
there is a route between the keel and the rock face
at about 27 metres. A slack water dive.
- Pennygown Quarry: Running out from the shore,
the sand slopes down to 20 metres before hitting a
sheer cliff-face to 70 metres. Rock strata here run
diagonally, forming lots of crevices for marine
- John Preston: The wreck of the Welsh Schooner
John Preston, built in 1855 in North Wales, lies on
a ledge in 14-18 metres of water. This scattered
wreck, and the steep wall nearby, make for an
interesting dive at all states of the tide.
- Lochaline Pier: This is an excellent shore dive
on a drop-off to over 90 metres. Sponges, anemones,
soft corals and lots of fish make this a very
enjoyable dive. The site is well known as a deep
dive training location.
- Lochaline Hotel Beach: Another shore dive and a
variation of Dive No.1. The sandy beach in front of
the hotel shelves gradually off onto a steep wall,
but the lagoon area, with its sandy bottom and
interesting marine life makes a good training site
for inexperienced divers.
- Avon Rock: Shallow reef inshore of the red
navigation marker directly opposite Lochaline.
Boulders, crevices, and a steep slope to 50 metres
on the outer side provide an interesting scenic
- Evelyn Rose: The Grimsby Trawler Evelyn Rose
(130 net tonnes) was wrecked on Ardtornish Point in
1954 with the loss of all but two of her crew. To
the best of our knowledge, this wreck lies in deep
water and has not been found.
- Ardtornish Bay: Often a productive scallop dive
where gravel and mud lie on the flat gradual sea-bed
gradients of the inner bay. For a good scenic dive,
follow the boulder slope inshore from Ardtornish
Point towards the bay. Be aware that strong currents
can occur around the point and plan any dive here
- Scallastle Bay: Marked on old charts as an
Admiralty Anchorage Area, this bay is littered with
wreckage. Somewhere in the bay lies the remains of a
wartime bomber (Lancaster or Shackleton). There are
still witnesses in Lochaline who remember her going
- Ballista: Lost in 1975, while salvaging coal
from another ship lost nearby, her funnel is visible
at low water making her easy to locate. A good
shallow dive or wreck dive for novices, lying in a
reasonably sheltered position.
- HMS Dartmouth: Fifth Rate Royal Naval Frigate
lost in 1690 and designated under the Protection of
Wrecks Act 1973. This wreck can only be dived under
license from Historic Scotland.
- Thesis: Wreck of a Belfast steamer (151 net
tonnes) lost in 1889 lies at right angles to the
shore, with her bow in 12 metres, and her stern in
30-35 metres. Structurally intact and encrusted with
marine life. Fantastic photographic dive.
- The Swan: This wreck of a small warship lost in
1653, lies against the rocks beneath Duart Castle
and is currently being investigated by professional
underwater archaeologists. She is designated under
the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973. This wreck can
only be dived under license from Historic Scotland
by prior arrangement.
These are some of the dive sites easily accessible
from Salen Pier.