The Blue Bell Hotel is ideally situated for exploring the wonders under the sea. Northumberland diving is world-renowned for its crystal clear waters, abundant marine life and fascinating wrecks. Centred around the Farne Islands, Lindisfarne and St Abbs just along the coast in Berwickshire, the area is first class for novices and professional divers alike.
Eyemouth and St Abbs are historic fishing ports on the Berwickshire coast famous for their rugged cliffs and perfectly clear waters. The marine life here is not only plentiful, but also diverse, making it one of Europe’s top dive destinations and the number one spot for shore diving in the UK. In 1984 the Voluntary Marine Reserve, the first of its kind in the UK, was established here covering 8km of spectacular coastline.
Not only famed for its shore diving, St Abbs Head and its surrounding areas have over 80 wrecks, a few of which are still diveable when inland conditions are unfavourable. One such wreck is the Glanmire, highly accessible and most definitely worth a visit.
Although very close to the harbour it is still a dive for the experienced as temperatures plummet, but shoals of coal fish, mature wolf-fish and conger eel can be found around the wreckage. Southeast of St Abbs harbour, on the rocks known as the Ebb Carrs, lies the wreck of the Alfred Earlandson another worthwhile, but slightly less accessible dive.
The Farne Islands, just off the Northumberland coast, has some of the best diving the county has to offer, with many wrecks to be explored, including the San Andreas, Brittania and the Somali, reputed to be the best of all. These wrecks tend to lie in the 20-30 metre limits but deeper wrecks do exist.
The scenic dives from the Islands are legendary with a large collection of anemone, dead men’s fingers and a vast selection of interesting crustaceans. Friendly grey seals make their home here and the inquisitive amongst them may come to join you.
Lindisfarne offers particularly exhilarating dives for the experienced diver in some of the UKs most dangerous waters. However, charter operators, from nearby Seahouses and Beadnell bay, do offer professional guidance to the more inexperienced diver.