Fyne Diving!

Come On In The Water Is Lovely!

Did you know you can explore the beautiful clear waters surrounding Kintyre with Fyne Diving?

Make your break even more memorable with Loch Fyne Dive Charters 
With stunning and unspoilt dive sites suitable for all interests and experience levels.
Their sites include pinnacles, drift dives, wrecks and reefs, in a range of depths from ~10m to 50m+
There is abundant marine life, giving plenty of scope for keen underwater photographers.
Take a look at some of the visitor photos here!
The sheltered waters of Loch Fyne mean there are usually good diving conditions and visitor all year round including, Seals, Dolphins and Basking Sharks
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The Big Blue has specially designed seating provides plenty of space for the storage of cylinders and personal equipment as well as having space to seat all 12 divers.
There is stern gate giving a simple step into the water and a dive lift, also at the stern, gives an easy way to return to the boat after your dive.
 There is also a toilet for added comfort.
For more info, take a look at this fantastic video

As well as the wildlife there are also chances to view some of the old wrecks that rest on the sea beds, the team have extensive knowledge of the locations and what you are likely to see. All the info you could need is on their website, you can follow them on Facebook too.

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Loch Fyne Wildlife

Tarbert Harbour, Loch Fyne

While playing around on Youtube last night I found myself lost on a wonderful clicky trail along the beautiful waters of Loch Fyne.
There are many stunning videos on there, if you get the time have a search.
Meanwhile I have added a few of my favourites below.
Anyone that knows me knows why the first one had to be the first! 🙂
Just another few good reasons you should Visit Tarbert.
With thanks to;

Andy Jackson from SubseaTV. 81Banjo and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, amongst others for sharing their videos.

Make a cuppa, sit back and relax while you watch some of the Tarbert locals doing what they do best….




Oyster Catcher

Wonderful Wildlife

Sika Deer

The wildlife we see all around us could not possibly be covered in one blog post!
If you love nature and exploring the great outdoors, then Tarbert and the rest of Kintyre is a must see holiday location!
Living here I am lucky enough to be able to study at leisure.
I am not going to give a guide or a map, nor list the areas I’ve found some of the wildlife, because that takes away all the fun of a nature trail!

Just sitting here in my office I am treated to some splendid sights.
I once wasted an afternoon watching a Buzzard hunt and then feast on it’s prey after stomping all over it to tenderise it I presume!

The deer in the picture above is a regular visitor I’ve managed to capture a few photos of.
Other creatures are too fast, or too clever and you need a keen eye to see some of them.
Wherever you are in Tarbert keep your eyes peeled, the wildlife is everywhere!

Can you see me?

Usually seen when you least expect it and I have found I see much more on the days I don’t have my camera with me!

A Useful Guide For Identifying Wildlife

I was thrilled to see my first Pine Marten last year, it rushed to the top of a tree and watched me from the safety of it’s branch.
There are signs of them all over the place, but I never expected to see one so close, it was beautiful!

Adder

In the Summer months you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an Adder, Slow Worm or a Common Lizard up on the hills.

Along the shores you will find signs of Otters, if you are quiet and still you may even see some either eating at the waters edge or playing in the water.

Explore The Rock Pools

With so many small secluded beaches you can lose yourself for hours, relaxing or taking in all the life around you, from the Eagles soaring in the skies to the many mini beasts you will find in any of the rock pools.

If you look out to sea you could be lucky enough to spot one of the many seals that visit the lochs, quite often when we are out on our kayaks they will come and join us and follow us on our journeys.

If you want to really explore the secluded beaches and get quietly close to the marine life you can hire a canoe, kayak  or paddleboard from Kayak Majik.

If you hear a splash it could be a playful Porpoise, or a Gannet diving for it’s food.
Back on land, be careful where you tread in the spring as many birds nest along our shores and some eggs look just like pebbles!
If you love bird watching then you are really in for a treat! So many different species to see, I’m still trying to learn who is who, but when you see an eagle for the first time, you know it! Such beautiful birds, and so big you cannot be mistaken!

Tern Eggs

To get an idea of the fantastic variety of birds that live on and around the Tarbert forests, hills and shores take a look at the fantastic photographs on the Machrihanish Seabird And Wildlife Observatory Website!

Oyster Catcher