Sunday, 26 July 2009

Oban to St Kilda, West Coast of Scotland


St Kilda: The Holy Grail of UK Diving

Dives #72-81

St Kilda is an extremely isolated archipelago located 40 miles West of Scotland's Outer Hebrides in the North Atlantic Ocean.  Its dramatic topography of plunging cliffs and high sea stacs, abundance of wildlife (it is home to the world's largest colony of Northern Gannets) and incredibly tragic human history combine to create a place of almost mythical status.

 Setting off from Oban on the 19th of July 2009 the Elizabeth G stopped off at the following dive sites:
  • Eigg
  • Port Napier - the Isle of Skye
  • Prince Charlie's Wall - the Isle of Skye
  • Waternish Point - the Isle of Skye
  • Mina Stac - St Kilda
  • Sarbstac Arch - St Kilda
  • Rob's Pillow - Hirta, St Kilda
  • Cul Cleite - Hirta, St Kilda
  • An Torc - Hirta, St Kilda
  • Rbha Bwengahel - Boreray, St Kilda
  • Penny Gown Quarry - Sound of Mull

Compilation of photos from my unforgettable trip to St Kilda.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

St Kilda, Stac Lee



St Kilda has the world's largest colony of Northern Gannet, with an estimated 60,000 breeding pairs on Boreray, Stac an Armin and Stac Lee. An estimated six thousand pairs nest on Stac Lee, their droppings turning the island white.


Wednesday, 22 July 2009

St Kilda - Ian Fisher, wildlife photographer

Amongst the diving group was one non-diver who came along because of his passion for wildlife photography.  Ian was a welcome addition on our dive trip and took many fantastic pictures.  He kindly gave me permission to post his pictures on my blog.  The pictures here were all taken by Ian (except the last! ;).


Village Bay

View to Dùn from Ruaival




 Dolphins
 



 Minkie Whale
Unfortunately I didn't get to see the Minkie Whale myself as we were all diving.  Luckily Ian was off exploring the island and managed to get these great pictures.  Maybe next time ...

Ian Fisher

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Red Cushion Star


Leopard Spotted Goby


 


Lobster Attack







Seven-armed Starfish - Luidia ciliaris

Sun Starfish


Long-clawed Squat Lobster

Little and Large

One-armed Lobster

Velvet Swimming Crab

Takes its name from the short hairs which cover the crab's body giving it a velvety texture. 

St Kilda Life

 Fulmar

 Gannets

 Grey Seal


Puffin - picture by Ian Fisher

Porpoise under the surface (honest!)


Soay Sheep