Explore Scotland’s marine life with its first ever snorkel trail in the North West Highlands

Think Scotland and what comes to mind is Scotch, bagpipes, the Lochness monster, castles, great lakes and more. With a terrain that is mostly mountainous with thick woodlands it is hard to envision that Scotland does actually have miles of golden beaches too. We’ll come to that in a bit.

For those planning a holiday to Scotland, there are so many incredible things for you to do. From wine and whisky trails to literary trails, to pretending to be the king of your own castle for a day, searching for the elusive Lochness monster to discovering whiskey distilling secrets; Scotland has it all. The place definitely packs a wallop and to add to this list of rich experiences, the Scottlish Wildlife Trust has come up with something unique and this one is going to be a favorite for all underwater enthusiasts out there.

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Nine snorkeling spots along the coast of Wester Ross and Sutherland have been identified as prime locations to view marine life. This will be the country’s very first snorkel trail in the Highlands and will also include locations such as Tanera Mor in the Summer Isles, Camusnagaul and Achmelvich Bay. Snorkelers will be able to dive down to see a wide variety of marine life, including dogfish, barrel jellyfish, sea urchins, dolphins, sharks and whales. The trail will be self led according to Noel Hawkins, communities officer of the trust’s Living Seas project. He also hopes the trail will encourage more people to explore Scotland’s fragile marine habitats and exercise caution while snorkelling alone.

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So the next time you’re on holiday in Scotland don’t forget to carry your snorkel gear and wet suit. Suit up and get ready for a brand new snorkel adventure up in the Highlands!

[ Via : Travelandleisure ]