The Bistro The Ark and The caves

Sunday morning was a cold one.

I could tell that when I poked my nose out from under the covers and my first thought was am I really going to change into my thinsulate in the car park?

Chris picked me up at 7.45am and we headed of into the freezing fog.We arrived at the Bistro car park in the same freezing fog and went straight for a cup of  tea and a hot roll in the warmth it of the Bistro.

The kit up wasn’t to bad, the blue sky could now be seen above the freeing fog which lifted our spirits in the anticipation of wall to wall blue sky to greet us upon our exit.

There is nothing quite like the sensation of the fresh water as it flushes into the top of your hood as you slip into the whisky like top layer of water, except maybe brain freeze from a slushpuppy, but it is not long before you drop below into what was not bad vis at all and start to enjoy the delights that unfold before you.

We saw a fair-sized dogfish sleeping under some small rocks as we dropped to the bottom , lots of squat lobsters retreating from the glare of Chris’s torch and lots of small fish darting here and there amongst the whelks and starfish.

We managed a respectable 45 min and on the way back up we could tell the sun had managed to break through and was illuminating a fantastic underwater garden as we headed back to the shore.

One last treat was a small flat-topped rock with some shrimp lave dancing about on it and a meter long gun-metal blue bootlace worm.  

We had a great first dive and decided to head for the caves in Loch Long .

We set of after a quick bowl of homemade lentil soup, warmed up and looking forward to dive number two.  

We missed the caves and drove right past the dive, it is a small road and easy to miss,we were just about to look for a place to turn when we  came upon HMS Ark Royal parked up on the Loch side  as you do.

The caves are a very different dive from the first one, pitch black at 10m very cold and very deep or so it seems untill you relax into the dive again. Lots of fishing line on this one, we freed a crab wich was well tangled up , it will be a long slow death for lots of life on that dive sight.The annenomies seem to be even more colorful in the total blackness and there were lots of them.

I was glad to take my first sup in the Drovers on the way home ,there is something about a real fire that’s hard to beat.

It was a great days diving  a great way to spend a Sunday and I’m looking forward to the next one already,

Thanks to Chris for filling the bottles , driving and the good company and diving.

About hamishincrieff

Male,47 and keen on diving
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