By boat from Ballycastle Harbour. The rock is located approx. 500m NE off Kinbane Head.
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.
Nearest tank filling is Aquaholics in Ballycastle or Portstewart (ring ahead: 028 7083 2584)
- Strong tidal currents.
- Breaking waves on the rock (particularly at low tide).
- Possible entanglement in very dense and long kelp.
Tide swept submerged rock, which descends to 90 metres on the north side. The rock slope becomes more exposed with depth.
The rocky slope supports a diverse faunal community amongst thick kelp forest, dominated by the hydroid Nemertesia antennina and the bryozoan Crisia sp., alongside a variety of red seaweed, anemone and sponge species, which include Stelligera stuposa, Axinella infundibuliformis, Suberites carnosus. A good place to look for tope and spurdog!
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
- 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.
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