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St Abbs (New Asgard) June 2019

A glorious weekend with the most divers from our club ever. 15 on Saturday and 14 on Sunday. Used all the accommodation and both waves !

Black Carr, West Hurker, Glanmire and Tye’s Tunnel. Great dives with a bit of current running round the headland. Interesting.

Wolf Fish, two Octopus and the usual crawling suspects. Viz fine at 4-5m. Water temperature was a warm 10 degrees. 50 minute dives from some with 40 minutes the norm.

Great accommodation and boat with Paul and Rachel at Rock House and aboard Shore Diver.


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2019 trips booked so far

Feb 21-24th  3.5days liveaboard diving on MV Halton in the Sound of Mull.

There are spaces – organiser Richard Ward


June 8/9th weekend diving Farnes with Sovereign

Not taking names until December – organiser Ray


June 29/30th weekend diving St Abbs with Rock House / Shore Diver

Not taking names until December – organiser Ray


August 24/29th 6 days liveaboard diving on MV Halton in Scapa.
There are no spaces but a reserve list is running – organiser Richard Ward


Sept 27/28/29th long weekend diving St Abbs with Rock House / Shore Diver

Not taking names until December – organiser Ray


If members have other suggestions / want to organise something then please get in touch with Ray.

I know some members are looking at a late deal Red Sea liveaboard.

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St Abbs Sept 28/29/30th 2018

Just got back from a great long weekend. Dived Bass Rock, Isle of May, Ebb Carr, Black Carr, Anenome Gully and Wuddy Rocks swim through toward Black Carr with Paul Crowe on Shore Diver.

Lovely weather, great group, Paul and Rachel looked after us well as usual.

Visibility iffy for the first dive but improved through the days and was good for the final day.


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St Abbs – July 2018

Another great weekend with Paul Crowe on Shore Diver

Anemone Gullies, Skelly Hole / Glanmire, Black Carrs and Cathedral Rock (as a boat dive, lazy I know).

A little swelly in the water but great weather and a BBQ Saturday evening. What more can you ask.


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St Abbs 2017

Will we, won’t we ? The question for both our St Abbs 2017 trips. Eventually 8 brave souls ventured up for the likelihood of diving Friday afternoon and Saturday on the last weekend in October. And we did !

We had 3 great dives. The Glanmire, Black Carrs and Ebb Carrs or Cathedral Rock. Visibility was good and life was excellent. Seal and  Octopuses (pi) found !!

Good fish and chips at Scoutscroft and a great meal at the New Inn. Thanks to Paul at Rcok House for being so supportive in our decisions and eventual diving.

A great trip in the end !

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St Abbs October 2016

7th/8th October 2016 – Kevin Walton

After a week of many trials and tribulations the time had come to throw my kit together, chuck a few clothes and a toothbrush into a bag and set off on the road to Scotland. After Matt picked me up we collected Richard X and squeezed three sets of kit and three divers into the car and hit the M62.

Arriving at the familiar Rock House, all the weekend divers piled into the new refurbished kitchen and caught up on the years diving. Diane, Steve, Jill, Kate, me, Matt, Richard X, Richard W, Kevin H, Nick, Syd, Huw and Frankie crammed into the small kitchen area. The topic soon came around to the weather and easterly winds predicted for the morning. Would we dive or would we be blown out, a question only the morning would reveal.


Shore Diver crashing through the waves

After few more bottles of beer and wine bed called and Saturday morning soon came about. Peering out to sea it was clear from the white horse that the sea was a bit “lumpy”. However, it was fine and the wind slight. Skipper Paul cast his experienced eye out to sea and announced “we’re on!!”.

Kit and cylinders were loaded onto the boat and all kitted up in the shelter of the harbour. The boat left the shelter of the harbour walls and out into the choppy sea. The boat listed and rolled and powered out to a hopefully sheltered Petticowick Bay. First dive and we’re in. Vis not great, but plenty life could be found. Small flat fish, cuttlefish, dead mans fingers and the usual sea fare were numerous. Back onto the boat heading for the shelter of the harbour and the world famous Cullen Skink.

Oh no!! Word arrives of a dive boat in trouble, seemingly the steering has failed leaving divers in the sea. Other dive boats pick up the divers but the stricken dive boat needs lifeboat help.


Donate to the St Abbs lifeboat!!

Back on the boat for a second dive and the sea hadn’t flattened. Another bumpy ride out to Skells this time. Slightly more exposed the swell had the boat bouncing around. However, falling over ourselves to position over the lift we jumped in one after another and narrowly missing a box jellyfish we all sank onto the sea bed. Once again the life was abundant with soft coral, kelp and anemones. Lobster, crabs and ling could be found lurking amongst the rocks. The gentle current pushed you along the gullies and rock formations across the zillion brittlestars and occasional sunburst starfish at around 20 metres.


Sunburst Starfish

Then the fun begins on surfacing. The swell was, well, a bit rough. Eventually the boat came around and with the lift listing and rolling getting back onto the boat was “fun and games”. With a few green faces we headed back to shore for showers and drinks and prepared for the evening trip to the pub.

We all headed across the coastal path to the New Inn in Coldingham for a fabulous meal and one, two, three and perhaps more drinks!! A few of us decided to carry on to the Anchor for Jager Bombs and beer, because we could!! Back to the bunkhouse for a couple of nightcaps and then to bed for the next day’s diving.


Beautiful day looking across St Abbs

Sunday morning revealed a bright clear day with calmer seas. Decided on Black Carrs for the third dive of the weekend. Dropping to 20 metres swimming through fabulous gullies covered in dead mans fingers, anemones and sponges of all descriptions we came across an Anglerfish hunkered down on the sea bed. Seemingly not phased by two slightly odd looking divers shining torches over its head, it remained on the seabed curiously peering back.

Finally for the last dive we re-visited Skellies and found our way through a maze of gullies and walls covered in sea life, encountering wolfies, ling and cod along the way. A couple reported seeing octopus, however you can’t always believe all you hear!! Sadly that was it, the fourth dive over and back to the harbour for de-kit, wash down and inevitability of the long drive home.


Awesome Gullies

However, we got a full weekend diving and beautiful sunshine and great company. Thanks to Diane for organising the trip and hope to see you all again next time.

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St Abbs – August 2017

Another glorious weekend. A little windy on the Friday so we didn’t get to do the long trip but excellent visibility and fine weather. Water temp 13/14 C.

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Thomas Tunnock Independent St Abbs Lifeboat

Thomas Tunnock
Independent St Abbs Lifeboat


A smaller group. 10 of us snugly fitted into the bunkhouse but with the fine weather outside most of the time anyway.

Kicking off with the Glanmire (a splinter group to The Craig south), The Craig north, Black Carrs, Conger reef (Weasel lock towards Eyemouth), Glanmire (again !!!), Tye’s tunnel (splinter group towards The Craig but deeper).

Glanmire had excellent vis. A little dark since there were a few clouds but was easily 7-8m.

The Craig is an area we don’t dive much but at 20m there are some fantastic gullies to explore full of life (Wolfies, Conger).

Conger reef (start at Weasel lock) has an unprepossessing start (kelp) but as you move along there is lots to see in the wall (lot’s of Leopard Spotted Gobies and juvenile fish, Conger later on).

Fish and Chips at Scoutscroft takeaway excellent. Food at the New Inn is good again. BBQ with steak on the menu – really going upmarket ! Can always recommend cafe on the harbour at St Abbs – Cullen Skink, Mackerel Pate, Crab anything and of course the cakes.



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