Dive in to Scotland’s Living Seas!

Our North West Highlands Snorkel Trail includes a series of nine fantastic snorkelling sites along Scotland’s north west coast.

The sea along this coastline is bursting with marine life; from small sea squirts, sponges and anemones right up to dolphins, whales and harmless basking sharks.

Before you go snorkelling, make sure you read our Snorkel Safety information below so that you know how to be a safe and responsible snorkeller, and check out the Useful Links for further information on snorkelling and some of the marine life that you might see.

Share your underwater experience

We would love to hear your snorkel trail stories and see any photos that you take. You can share them with us in the following ways:

Download the snorkel trail leaflet

To download the snorkel trail leaflet, please click on the image below.

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Snorkel Safety

Here are some top tips to being a safe and responsible snorkeller…

Before you go

  • Check the conditions: be aware of tides, water temperatures, currents and weather forecast before you leave.
  • Take a friend: never snorkel alone and always tell people where you are going.
  • Know who to contact: find out where the nearest medical and/or coastguard facility is and note down who to contact in an emergency.

At the beach

  • Know your surroundings: check what the weather and tides are doing, and identify a landmark for reference.
  • Use the right equipment: only use good quality and well-fitting equipment – mask, snorkel and fins.
  • Wear the right protection: a wetsuit will keep you warm and protect you against jellyfish stings. If it’s sunny, remember to cream up!

In the water

Follow the Snorkeller’s Code:

  • Do not remove seaweed or animals from the rock 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.

Follow the Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code

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