For a shore dive, park along the Lough Shore Road in a safe spot leaving plenty of room for traffic. The best place is the lay-by at 54.391036, -5.568719. From here you can access the shore on foot (but you have to clamber down a short rocky slope first! ). To shorten your fin out distance, enter the water in the middle of the bay and swim out towards the moorings, where you can descend onto the seagrass bed.
The nearest public toilets (and facilities) are close to Castle Park in Portaferry, a 5 minute drive heading south along Shore Road.
- Boat moorings
A muddy seabed dominated by seagrass bed with burrows and anchor scars.
This is a well established seagrass (Zostera marina) bed with large blades, although it can be patchy in places, especially due to scouring from moorings. Divers can expect to see Norway lobsters Nephrops norvegicus (otherwise known as Dublin Bay prawn or langoustine) and plenty of juvenile fish.
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
Strangford Lough MCZ
Strangford Lough SAC
Strangford Lough SPA
Strangford Lough RAMSAR
Strangford Lough Regulation of Anchoring, Mooring and Diving Byelaws 2012
- 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
- Portaferry Harbour Master: 028 9188 2377
- When navigating within the harbour/marina, use VHF Channel 80
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