By boat from Ballycastle or Portballintrae. You can dive on either side (east and west) of Carrick-a-rede island.
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.
Portballintrae Harbour has a slipway (although access is tight and the harbour can be busy during peak holiday times), free car parking on Beach Road, above the Harbour, and public toilets above the harbour wall. Fees apply for berthing; for use contact Portrush Harbour Office: 02870822307 / 0788981860.
Nearest tank filling is Aquaholics in Ballycastle or Portstewart (ring ahead: 028 7083 2584)
There can be a strong swell against the rocks
The cliffs on the eastern side of the rope bridge have many caverns. There are boulders at the base of the wall and a sandy seabed around the bay.
The vertical bedrock walls here are covered in kelp and a variety of seaweeds, whilst encrusting sponges are found amongst the caverns. The European spiny lobster Palinurus elephas, a Northern Ireland Priority Species has been recorded here a number of times recently by divers. Recent records from other sites around the County Antrim coast suggest that this species may be showing signs of recovery (or range expansion).
- In an emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
- Follow VHF radio Channel 16 (156.8 MHz), the international distress frequency. Send a distress alert followed by ‘MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY’ and ‘This is [boat name]’.
- Find nearest defibrillator (AED) here.
- Ballycastle Harbour Office No. 028 207 68525 Mobile Number 07803 505084
- When navigating within Ballycastle Harbour, use VHF Channel 80.
- Portballintrae/Portrush Harbour Office: 02870822307 / 0788981860
- When navigating within the harbour, use VHF Channel 12.