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Coll of the Sharks Festival

The annual basking sharks festival on Coll runs over the course of six days, with marine-based events, dives and of course, amazing food and scenery. It’s perfectly safe to swim with basking sharks, as they only eat plankton and are basically toothless – see more on the video here:

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Great British Shipwrecks – SO Favourite

Great British Shipwrecks

Our favourite from Spring 2013 Reviewed by Scotland Outdoors

Great British Shipwrecks, A Personal Adventure by

Perhaps slightly off topic for an outdoors publication, we nonetheless found this is a revealing and absorbing read. Written by hugely experienced diver Rod Macdonald, the book highlights almost 40 of the best known wrecks around the UK – including the remains of the German High Seas Fleet scuttled at Scapa Flow. Others are less well-known such as the wreck, in the Firth of Forth, of HMS Pathfinder, the first Royal Naval warship to be sunk by a torpedo from a German U-boat in World War One.

The level of detail is such that it’s not surprising that the book is the result of several decades’ worth of dives. Each narrative includes details on the ship’s history, how it met its fate, excellent underwater photography and wonderful artist’s illustrations of how the wrecks look on the seabed today. Fascinating stuff – with an appeal for divers and non-divers alike.

Rating: 4.5
Whittles Publishing, RRP £18.99

Pick up a copy Amazon UK for £16.52

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