See what really lies beneath the waves around Arran…

Hi and welcome to Arran Sealife.
The sole aim of this underwater photography website is simply to capture and convey to public view the much varied array of sealife in Arran's coastal waters. I hope it may help satisfy the curiosity of young and old that the so often cold, grey surface belies the fact of the vibrant, colourful inhabitants below...
Thanks for taking an interest in Scotland's marine life.
Gus Robson
Click here to see my photo galleries.

Photography Information

My interest in the subject is as a keen amateur so I stand corrected on any wrongly identified animals on the site.

This is the current set-up I use:
Camera - Nikon D70
Lens -
  • 60mm AF micro Nikkor 1:2.8D;
  • 12-24mm F/4G Wide Angle;
  • 16mm Fisheye F/2.8D AF
  • Underwater Housing: Seacam Silver D70 Full Spec
  • S45 Optical Viewfinder; P105 Flat Port; +4 Wet Dioptre; Seacam Wide Port
Flash Unit - Seacam SeaFlash 250

Dive Sites & Access

Most of the images on the site at present stem from RIB diving, launching from Lamlash pier. There are two good slips here, only affected by very low tides occasionally and on the main slip a heavy swell can sometimes determine a launch or recovery at the more sheltered harbor slip, the other side of the pier. The above gives access to the whole of Lamlash bay and Holy Isle, a host of dive sites within fifteen minutes.
Out of the bay at the North channel, past Hamilton rock, more dive sites along toward Brodick bay. The next slip is at Brodick giving access to the North eastern coastline as far as you wish.
Head out of the South channel across Whiting Bay and further around the coastline to Pladda, where the best high density site lies Roroima Reef, southwest of Pladda. This site is very tidal and boat cover is essential. The diving here is worth the trip, in a word memorable both on the top of the reef and the wall itself.
Lochranza has the Ferry Terminal and any launching and recovery here obviously must not interfere with ferry traffic.
A new slip has been built at Pirnmill on the west coast which should help in discovering new dive sites in the Kilbrannan Sound.