Diving from Doune
Our fast charter boat, Mary Doune was purpose built to carry twelve guests on day trips. Fast, seaworthy and highly maneouvrable, she was designed for use in the Hebrides and especially for getting to those beautiful places which are inaccessible in any other way. She is fitted with radio, VHF, dGPS, radar, depth sounder and all navigation gear. Mary Doune is fitted with twin Cummins 315hp diesel engines, giving her a cruising speed of up to 18 knots. She was built to DoT specifications and complies with MCA safety regulations.
Shore based charter is for eight to twelve guests, staying at Doune Bay Lodge. A 25 mile day range gives ample opportunity to explore this stunning area. From Doune we dive the islands of Rum, Eigg, Canna , Muck and southern Skye, as well as some very remote mainland coastline; the finest combination of sea and mountain scenery anywhere in Scotland.
With twin screws and powerful engines, the skipper can put Mary Doune on top of the most difficult of sites. Passages are short (usually 1 hour, max 2 hours) giving plenty of time for dives with a decent interval between. Time between dives is spent in sheltered anchorages where you can explore ashore or just relax (hot drinks provided) while we charge your bottles.
There is a 19cfm compressor on board and a second backup one onshore. A wide, spacious deck makes kitting up easy and safe. At the end of the day theres no heaving gear around. Leave your dive gear onboard and your bottles will be filled ready to go for the morning.
Doune is an ideal centre for diving. Some of the finest scenic sites in the country are within our daytrip range. Huge walls, colourful reefs, peaceful bays, bountiful wildlife or adrenalin pumping drifts, what's your fancy? The famous wreck of the Port Napier is less than an hour away.
Visibility is usually excellent, 8-10m is about average, 20+m is not uncommon.
Please have a look at some of the diving around Doune in this video produced by one of our guests, Alan Mildren of Marine Vision Studios. You will need Flash Player installed to view it.
For fully catered parties of between 8 and 12 we offer a sliding scale of charges, please see our 2013 prices.
Accommodation is in Doune Bay Lodge which is situated at the Southern end of Doune Bay, looking West across the Sound of Sleat to the Skye Cuillin.
Tucked just 20 metres back from it's own beach (sandy below mid-tide), the Lodge offers accommodation for 12 guests in 8 rooms (4 twins and 4 singles). All have excellent sea or hillside views, with towels, duvets and bed linen provided.
The Lodge is lined in pine throughout, the feel is warm and welcoming. Downstairs the open plan living area furnished with comfy sofas and chairs, provides plenty of space for relaxation, discussion or activities. Games and books are provided in case of poor weather, but please do bring your own favourites. The kitchen area has hot drink making facilities and a fridge. The utility area has 3 showers, 2 toilets, handbasins and drying facilities. All rooms have power sockets available for computer/camera/battery charging, but as power is limited please do not bring high wattage appliances such as hair dryers.
Outside there is a full length verandah with a few steps down to the grassy foreshore above the beach.
All water and space heating is by gas. Electricity is provided by diesel generator and is switched off at night. There is a secondary battery lighting system with emergency lighting in all rooms. All gas and electric is included in the price. All holidays at Doune are fully catered, with all meals being taken in Doune Dining Room, a 100m walkalong a rough path from the lodge.
The weather will dictate, the actual sites visited, but the Hebrides always provide a sheltered option, and with Mary Doune's speed and seaworthiness, we very, very rarely miss a dive. This area definately offers the best scenic diving in the UK.
We will happily cooperate with any specific sites you would like to visit, get in touch to discuss your ideas.
We do not supply gear. The nearest places to hire equipment are Oban or Glasgow.
Divers and clubs are responsible for their own underwater safety.
"This is an eating holiday with a diving option"