Scotland may be small in size but the coastline offers divers some of the most scenic and exciting dives in the world. Gullies and archways are engulfed in soft corals with a plethora of life- anemones, lobsters, skate, and sea otters grace these waters.
Walls descend past 50m, thrilling caves waiting to be explored and thousands of wrecks provide a unique glimpse of Scotlands history. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, basking sharks, catfish, hermit crabs and rare seahorses.
St. Kilda is a popular spot when diving in Scotland with visibility among the very best in Europe. Puffins dwell on the plunging cliffs whilst under the waves action packed caves and arches make for fascinating topography to explore and photograph.
The typical dive season is from April-October but Scotland can be dived all year. Many divers would want to consider a dry suit with hood and gloves. Water temperature ranges from 4°C/39°F in April to 14°C /57°F in September.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Scotland's international airports are Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick and Inverness. All these are served by flights from a growing number of European and long haul destinations.
Scotland and the UK are well connected by rail. It will take around 4h to travel from London to Edinburgh by train. Journey times are shorter if you're travelling from Manchester (3h), York (2h) or Newcastle (1h 20m). Using public transport in Scotland is an easy, economical way to travel and a great way to experience the local life