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The cold waters in Scotland offers great marine life, stunning cliffs and plenty of WWII wrecks.

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Wreck diving enthusiasts know Scotland because of its many WWII war wrecks, especially near Scapa Flow (Orkney Islands) where you can dive on famous German war ships and light cruisers such as the SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm, the SMS Dresden and the SMS Konig. The Inner Hebrides on the west coast (Oban and Skye) offer more protected diving which is also suitable for novice scuba divers. Other popular dive destinations are the inland town Ullapool with its famous Cathedral Cave, St Abbs with the Eyemouth Nature Reserve and the caves and caverns south of Aberdeen. The river Dee is your best bet for fresh water diving and the rough Shetland Islands should only be dived by experienced divers.

The weather plays a very important role while scuba diving in Scotland. You should only go out in calm weather and always check tidal information. The west coast is blessed with slightly better visibility 5-15m) and warmer waters because of the Pacific Gulf stream. Don't be fooled, diving here without dry suit is still only possible in the summer months July and August.

Its marine life is more diverse than one might think. Its clear and cold waters are perfect habitats for dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, seals and even whales are occasionally spotted. Its many wreck dives provide shelter to all kind of creatures, mainly crabs, starfish, lobsters, eels, but also wrasses, cod, haddock and wolf fish.

Scotland is with its wrecks, cliffs, visibility and diverse marine life one of the best cold water destinations in Europe. Add Scotland's stunning green scenery, historic harbors, typical Scottish culture and its fantastic castles and it makes a superb European summer holiday destinations.

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