ST ABBS AND EYEMOUTH, SCOTLAND
It’s not hard to understand why this corner of east Scotland is one of the premier diving spots in the UK, with well over 25,000 divers visiting each year. In 1984, local fishermen, divers and conservationists got together and decided to create the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve. This was the first reserve of its kind in the UK, and remains the only one in Scotland. The result is an explosion of marine life with creatures rarely seen in other parts of the UK. The massive twin-arch structure of Cathedral Rock is a sight to behold when the sun is shining through and a large shoal of pollack meanders through to engulf divers. Look out for ballan wrasse, wolf fish, anglerfish and the occasional seal. Thanks in large part to the marine reserve status, St Abbs and Eyemouth is truly a special area for UK divers.