Loch Carron trip, Saturday  9th- Thursday 14th July 2011

Lochcarron Trip 2011

A holiday house in Loch Carron provided an excellent accommodation base for this trip. We were fortunate with the weather which, apart from Monday, was mild, and on Tuesday and Wednesday very hot and sunny...yes really!
We launched the club RIB at the slips in Kyle of Lochalsh and Shieldaig [Loch Torridon], but with better HW tide times, we could also have launched in Loch Carron.
On Sunday morning we chose depths at which to dive a 40 metre scenic wall in Kirton Bay in Lochalsh and in the afternoon HMS Port Napier, with its distinctive wooden decking. A tiring day but with good diving which allowed some of our members to experience their first wreck and boat dives.
On Tuesday we launched at the slip in Sheildaig and had an exploratory dive on a reef with tidal pinnacles at each end, called Murchadh Breac, just beyond the mouth of Loch Torridon. At around 11-13 metres we found wreckage of the  'Viscount' steamship which was sunk in 1924. The wreckage consisted of mainly a kelp-covered 3m high boiler sitting close in to the reef.
In the
afternoon we dived a sloping scenic wall, Sron a Mhais, on the south side of Loch Torridon.
On Wednesday we dived off Eilean Chuaig, which is a tiny rocky island covered in cormorants and with waters populated with grey seals.
Situated in
a beautiful little bay called Chuaig Bay just to the south of Loch Torridon, this was a picturesque spot for our dive. The dive was very shallow [max 14m] with the wreckage [again a large boiler] and various artefacts of a MacBrayne steamer called the 'Sheila', sunk in 1927, strewn down the slopes of the island Eilean Chuaig. We took advantage of the scorching weather and anchored the RIB on the sandy beach of Chuaig Bay for lunch and did a bit of sunbathing.
We ate in the Kishhorn Seafood cafe and the Rockvilla hotel and enjoyed fresh crabs we'd picked up on a dive.
This was a very enjoyable trip with combinations of wreck and scenic diving and the added bonus of reaching  some remote beauty spots.
Thanks to John/Maddog for the compressor and Greig for towing the boat.

ABSAC Divers: Kathleen Cowie, Greig Smith, John Wilson, Ivan Hiscock, Alan Candy, Jo and John Beaton and Geoff [Oban BSAC].

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