I’m just back from a ten-day Scottish expedition, taking in dive sites down the west coast. I started in the North West corner at Kinlochbervie, then headed south to Loch Carron, Loch Creran, and last but not least, Loch Fyne.
The trip included return visits to favourite dive sites where I filmed more sequences for ongoing stories, and the joy of discovering new sites full of potential for future films. At Kinlochbervie, I discovered a rich seam of underwater stories I’d love to tell. The tiny fishing village offers access to the open waters of the North Minch. The dive sites here are swept by heavy seas, the water is deep and clear, and the seabed is rock gullies, walls, and pinnacles. It’s a wild place and you need to be lucky to venture beyond the shelter of Loch Inchard.
Luck was with us and we made it out to Handa Island for our first dive. This is a superb location but it’s seldom calm here. There’s a constant underwater surge that makes filming very challenging. I’ve put together a series of clips to show you this very special place. These clips only scratch the surface of the amazing scenery and life that abounds in Handa Island. I can’t wait to get back and film some more!
With thanks to Chris and Cath Hollingdale of North East Dive and the Sea Search gang from Inverness Sub-Aqua Club.
Words by Andy