Did you know that Argyll’s marine environment is more diverse than almost anywhere else in Scotland? Even close to shore you can see an incredible array of species and habitats just by popping on a snorkel mask. Snorkelling is an amazing way to explore beneath the waves and see sights you may never have seen before.
For your first snorkel trip think about joining an organised event or seek some BSAC accredited training on how to snorkel in open water safely?
Do check the conditions on the day you plan to snorkel - be aware of tides, water temperatures, currents and weather forecasts before you set out.
Take a friend: never snorkel alone and always tell people where you are going – and know to call 999 or 112 if anyone gets into trouble.
Know your surroundings: check what the weather and tides are doing, and identify a landmark for reference as you can cover a lot of ground with fins and can also easily drift while mesmerised with what lies below.
Only use good quality and well-fitting equipment – mask, snorkel and fins.
Wear the right protection: a wetsuit is recommended and will keep you warm and protect you against jellyfish stings.
When it is colder a neoprene helmet, gloves and water shoes are recommended – and will let you stay in the water that bit longer.
For less confident swimmers stay within your depth.
Try not to disturb marine animals, plants or shells – and don’t take anything away with you.
Look out for the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Snorkel Trail leaflet for North Argyll. Its available online and locally. We worked on this together and it tells you a little bit more about each site and some of the wildlife you might see?
Looking for more adventures in the water? Visit our Wild Swimming page to discover some of Argyll’s best spots.
Do not remove seaweed or animals from rocks or from their homes.
Take care not to kick sealife with fins or stand on delicate animals.
Observe animals where they live and don’t take anything away with you.
Snorkelling can be dangerous and these self-guided sites are used entirely at your own risk. It is your responsibility to check the conditions present on the day and assess whether it is safe to snorkel.
New to snorkelling or ready to increase your skills and knowledge?
Our directory of businesses and organisations below can help you to get the most from your time in the water.