Kintallan Pier, Oban 5th September 2010

A small party inspired by Hamish went in search of new shore diving and arrived at Kintallan Pier just around the coast from Ballachulish bright and early having enjoyed some breath-taking scenery across Rannoch Moor.

Two reefs had been identified at this site so the morning dive set off looking for the Westerly one which was duly found at 15m and continued into the gloom at 30m.  An initial wall of sea squirts gave way to fans, chitons and saddle oysters, crabs and dogfish. Drifting along the wall at about the 16m mark a sever case of torch envy was contracted as a 50 Watt Hid outshone my rather pathetic glow-worm. Air limitations and potential distance from the shore ended the drift along the wall and we swam back on a bearing picking up the odd scallop on the way to hit the pier itself. Swimming around this we exited on the slip, now you can’t get easier than that.

The afternoon dive was looking for the East reef.  We think we found this but it was not an impressive as the mornings dive. We did however see some interesting life in the mud including phosphorescent sea pens and Finnus lostus.

Pint in the Holly Tree Inn sealed the day nicely and the sun shone !