North Harris Snorkel Trail Snorkeling
The 4th most popular snorkel dive spot in UK.
Wednesday 29 November 2017 07:00 GMT
Northwest of Inverness off the northwest coast of Scotland, the North Harris Snorkel Trail is a series of snorkeling spots spread across central Isle of Harris. The Isle of Harris is located about 17 miles off the northwest tip of Scotland among the Western Isles chain. The North Harris Trust manages the large estate for the community where the snorkel trail sites are located. The North Harris Snorkel Trail is known for it’s healthy coral reefs which provide habitat for sunstars, dolphins, spotted dogfish, lobsters, dogfish, ballan wrasse, sandeels, pollack, cuttlefish and starfish. In addition, there are three types of jellyfish including Barrel Jellyfish, Moon Jellyfish and Lion’s Mane Jellyfish. Keep a special eye out for the Harbour Porpoise, Basking Shark and Grey Seals.
The North Harris Snorkel Trail consists of six snorkeling dive spots including Hushinish, Seilamol Bay, Aird Asaig, Carragraich Bay, Port Rheigidale and Loch Mharaig. The Hushinish snorkel spot has small rocky reefs that are best explored during low tide. The Seilamol Bay snorkel spot has a sheltered bay with kelp beds and seagrass that are best explored during low tide. The Aird Asaig snorkel spot is a sheltered dive good for families with sand flats to explore. The Carragraich Bay snorkel spot offers kelp covered reefs along with a protected right side of bay for beginners. The Port Rheigidale snorkel spot is a protected inlet known for rich marine life and ideal for beginners. The Loch Mharaig snorkel spot has a sheltered bay that is good for families.
Note: since the water are usally pretty cool, a wetsuit is highly recommended.
Overall, North Harris Snorkel Trail is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 5 snorkeling dives in UK.