By boat from Ardglass Harbour. The site is beneath the rocky outcrop ~100m NE of the end of the harbour wall.
Ardglass provides all weather protection for boats and easy offshore access in most weather conditions. The slipway is 20m long and 4m wide. Contact the harbour master in advance (02844841291/07990648274) as this is a busy fishing harbour. Public toilets can be found at 3 Castle cove in the town and there is car parking at the North Pier on Quay street.
- Boat traffic.
- A lot of litter , including golf balls and discarded fishing gloves.
- Beware of rocky outcrops which are partially hidden at high water (particularly if there is any swell coming into the harbour)
Rocky inlets on the north side of Ardglass Harbour, with a sandy seabed and some boulders. This is a sheltered site and good for training.
The rocky inlets support dense kelp and a mixed red algae turf and anemones e.g. Dahlia anemone Urticina felina and Snakelocks anemone Anemonia viridis. Look out for the black goby Gobius niger! The sandy seabed is relatively sparse, apart from hydroids (Obelia geniculata in particular) and coralline algae growing on the boulders.
- In an emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
- Follow VHF radio Channel 16 (156.8 MHz), the international distress frequency.
- Find nearest defibrillator (AED) here
- Ardglass Harbour Master: 028 44 841291 / 07990648274
- When navigating within the harbour/marina, use VHF Channel 12