Alternative Names: None
Type of Dive: Boat diving in very clear water with caves and swim throughs. On the north side of Hirtaon there is a massive cave that 12 divers can enjoy together without it being busy. There are play full seals in the many caves. The walls of the caves and walls are covered in life in all the colours of the rainbow. Take a good light, backup light and a camera. Link
Suggested experience: Experienced sport diver.
Harbour / slip: Oban, Lochaline and Tobermory
Parking directions: Lochaline - car park Oban - end of pier or leaving oban heading north on the steep hill to the right is a free car park takes 10 mins to walk back to the pier.
Distance to harbour: 158 Nm from Oban, The journey from Oban to St Kilda can be undertaken overnight in about 12 to 15 hours in fair to moderate conditions.
Lat / Long: N57° 48' 31.45'' W8° 34' 6.52''
Depth: 5 - 50m
Tides: Tide tables
Dive Boat: Gaelic Rose MV Chalice Hjalmar Bjorge MV Cuma
Dive Shop: Loch aline dive centre Puffin
Accommodation: Oban right on the Pier Columba Hotel
Experience: Experienced sport diver
Other comments: This has to be one of the top dive sites in the UK with the deepest kelp forests in Britain, lying 40 miles to the west of the Hebrides, St Kilda is an island group which consists of the Isles of Boreray, Soay, Dun and Hirta. It is the most important sea bird breeding station in North West Europe and is Britain's remotest inhabited islands and Scotland's first World Heritage Site.
Pub: The Mishnish (Tobermory) The Puffin Inn
Created by: John Nicolson
Thanks To: Themacallan for the surface pictures and Keith Waugh for the U/W pictures