Alternative Name(s): The A Frames, Finnart oil Terminal
Type of dive: Reef and wreckage of old pier
Suggested experience: Suitable for trainees.
Travel directions: From Glasgow travel west on the M8 onto the A82 then turn left onto the A817 turning right at the roundabout onto the A814 and continue until you come to finnart ocean terminal. Google map
Parking directions: There are two car parks, use the one nearest the entry point.
From Glasgow: 40 miles, 1 hr 5 mins Google map
Lat & Long: N56.117729 W-4.830776
Tides: Tide tables Tides are not a problem here except at depth on springs.
Site entry/exit: There is a small ramp at the back of the car park and a cleared path down the beach
Underwater directions: Swim straight out from shore ( follow u/w map below)
Site Hazards: Watch out for fast cars and motorbikes on A814, Silt can cut viz if dive site is busy or if a ship has just come in.
Nearest Public phone: In the first car park (old red one)
Mobile Network service: Orange, Vodaphone
Pub: The Village Inn, The Arrochar Hotel
Cafe: Pit Stop Diner, Arrochar The green kettle
Other comments: The site is an old pier, which was dynamited. This is a great site as long as there are not too many divers. I have seen most of the sea life here you get all round the west coast. You can also dive the 29 Steps close to here if you are on a training day.
Thanks to: Donald Fullarton of Helensburgh Heritage Trust for the old pier picture.
Created by: John Nicolson
Surface Photos: Below is an old picture showing the pier before it was knocked down.
Underwater pics: By John Nicolson
Dive Map: By Jim Martin
Dive Report : dj_diver Had a nice training dive yesterday at the A-Frames. Young lad I was instructing did really well.....so he's now a qualified Ocean Diver. Very happy!! Max depth - 18m Duration - 42 mins (including 15 Min's skills) Viz - 6-8m once under the initial 3m thermocline Temp - 10 deg Tide - ebb - almost low water.