If diving to the west of the harbour wall, around the rocky outcrops, boat cover (from Dunseverick or Ballycastle) is essential. If diving to the east of the harbour, you can access the shore via a pathway which leads down to the ‘secret beach’.
Ballintoy harbour has free car parking, toilets (open 24hours) and a cafe. Arrive early to avoid the Game of Thrones tour buses!
Ballycastle Harbour has a gated slipway (open during office hours) and pontoon berthing (fees apply). For use contact the Ballycastle Harbour Office: 02820768525 / 07803505984. Free car parking is available above the harbour and marina. Free public toilets are available in the visitor information office above the harbour.
Dunseverick has a slipway, small car park and public toilets (open daily from 8am). Be sure not to park on private property!
Nearest tank filling is Aquaholics, Portstewart/ Ballycastle (028 7083 2584)
- Strong currents outside the harbour
- Boat traffic
- Entanglement in fishing line
There are three options for diving or snorkelling at Ballintoy Harbour, either from the beach or rocky outcrops west of the harbour wall or from the secret beach to the east. The rocky outcrops offer many gullies and caverns to explore from all entry points and a blowhole is found off the secret beach to the east.
The limestone bedrock at this site is covered in dense patches of kelp, a diversity of red algae and invertebrates. On the sandy seabed at the base of the bedrock you may see juvenile flatfish and bobtail squid Sepiola atlantica.
View all species records from this siteA link to the dive site location on the NBN Atlas Northern Ireland website, showing all species records from within a 1km boundary of the site centroid. Any new species records from the site submitted to Seasearch, iRecord, CEDaR Online Recording or iNaturalist will appear here
Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust Rockpooling, Snorkelling and Diving Guide
Northern Ireland Marine MapViewer
- 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
- Dunseverick/Ballycastle Harbour Office: 028 207 68525 Mobile Number 07803 505084.
- When navigating within Dunseverick/Ballycastle Harbour, use VHF Channel 80.
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