Activites to do in the Isle of Skye: diving

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Bed & Breakfast, Hotels, Self Catering, Snorkeling | Comments Off on Activites to do in the Isle of Skye: diving

                If you haven’t been to Isle of Skye before, than you should do it as soon as possible, because describing in words something so amazing can never be enough to express all of the magnificence and beauty. As it is often being referred to as a “gem of an island”, this part of Inner Hebrides is captivating in many ways and definitely deserves such a title. Located of the west coast of Scotland, Skye has many geological and geographical characteristics which captivate tourists from all over the world.

Isle of Sky

                Nature has blessed this terrain with abundance of interesting forms, whether it is mountains, lakes, peninsulas, bays or other. Mountain ranges are very famous part of this island, and the Cuillin has legendary reputation for being both available for light walking and mountaineering and also for dangerous cliff scaling. Popular rock foundations include Sgur Dearg, the Quiraing and the Kilt Rock. There are number of activities that are available for tourists, and Bed & Breakfast houses await those who decide to have an active vacation on this captivating place.

            One of the ways in which active holiday can be spent is – diving, or snorkeling. Isle of Skye is one the best places in Europe for practicing this type of activities, since the perfect geographical position provides almost ideal circumstances – very clear water with great visibility (ranging from 15 to 30 meters) and with average temperature ranging between 6 and 15 degrees Celsius. Of course, most people use summer months like July and August to come here and experience the ultimate snorkeling experience. Good influence of the Golf Stream with its warm waters is highly beneficial for underwater wildlife as well, so diving in these areas provide great chances of spotting different animals and plants.

            Skye offers various options when it comes to dive sites, with wreck diving being the most popular. Aside from those, there are other diving types available – such are scenic diving (with reefs, caves and underwater pinnacles) and drift diving (east of Skye, with abundance of marine life for photographers).

Isle of Sky

            Some of the most popular wreck sites include:

  • HMS Port Napier wreck is located on Kyle of Lochlash in depths from 0 to about 20 meters, and it presents a wreck of a ship sunk in 1940. Since there are no tides here, diving is fairly easy for beginners, although precautions should always be taken.
  • SS Chadwick wreck is located south of An Caennaich and is lying in waters ranging from 15 to 25 meters. This old lady was sunk in 1892 and is in pretty shabby condition, which offers habitat to great variety of wildlife.
  • SS Doris wreck rests south of Nest Point, at 6-30 meters. It sunk in 1909 due to foggy weather and special care should be taken when snorkeling at this site.
  • SS Urlana wreck sunk in 1943 which makes her the youngest of all mentioned, but it also offers great landscape for those who are in search of amazing underwater photography. She is located north of Mac Leod’s Maidens in 5-15 meters.

There are many more places to visit on this island, and diving is just one of the ways in which you can experience an active and exciting holiday here.

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