Monday, January 24, 2011

Loch Long

I was out with the most excellent Dumfries & Galloway Sub Aqua Club on Sunday.

We planned to go to Loch Long one of the west of Scotland's sea lochs in Argyle & Bute. 

Old pier - Loch Long
We planned to dive in a spot called Conger Alley on the loch.  This meant driving a little longer to get there so we met in the Whitesands car park in Dumfries an hour earlier than we normally do.

It is still quite dark at 07.30 but we all showed up on time.  We got our tanks and we were off!

As we drove north to our destination, I noted with glee that there wasn't a breath of wind, there was no snow (or fog) and the temperatures that had been quite low for some weeks had eased and it was a mild day.

It was a bit overcast but that did not detract from the stunning beauty of one of Scotland's prettiest sea lochs. 

The water temperature was at about 6 C.  That's not too bad but I prefer it to be a bit warmer.  The visibility was good.  The overcast conditions meant that the dive was rather dark.  As we got deeper, it got darker.

There were a few things to see - squat lobsters, crabs, tiny fish zipping back under rocks as we approached them.   I think if we were to do that dive again, I would stay shallow and poke around in the sea weed rather than to go deeper.

Dumfries divers
I tell you something - I had a really nice day out.  The scenery was beautiful, the weather was mild and these three gentlemen were the kindest, most helpful diving companions a gal could ask for.

Sadly, we didn't find Conger Alley, but it was dark and only one of us had ever been there before.  It is still there and we can always go back.  We still saw plenty of things that interest us.   I took my camera into the sea with me, but I didn't take any photos.  I will save that for another time when the light is a bit better.


Jay said...

It looks so calm. Like maybe a great place to go water skiing or fishing.

Peggy said...

I can tell you that there are few fish in the sea loch. We saw 1 pollok (similar to cod) and a lot of little tiny fish that hide in rocks. If one catches a salmon or sea trout in this loch, it must be thrown back immediately.

Water skiing? In Scotland? In January? LOL I'll go under the water for 45 minutes at at time but not ski across the surface.

Shammickite said...

Conger Alley? Full of Conger Eels? WOW! I hope you go again and take some pictures next time.

Joy Des Jardins said...

What great pictures Peggy. Such a serene feeling...beautiful. I have to give you some Kudos...I'm not sure I could dive deep under water like that...especially in the darkness as you get deeper. I know you must love it.