By boat from Portballintrae or Portrush, the site lies ~500m NE off Dunluce Castle.
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.
Portrush Harbour offers free car parking above the harbour, public toilets in the harbour office and a slipway on the North Pier. There is a barrier to the harbour which is staffed during office hours, 7 days a week from April – September.
Fees apply for berthing at both Portballintrae and Portrush; for use contact Portrush Harbour Office: 02870822307 / 0788981860.
Nearest tank filling is Aquaholics in Ballycastle or Portstewart (ring ahead: 028 7083 2584)
- Currents can be strong here, depending on stage of the tide.
A limestone reef, with many crevices, a narrow 2 metre gully, and several overhangs. The seabed at the base of the slope is made up of cobbles and pebbles.
The top of the limestone reef is covered in kelp and mixed red algae, while the verticle walls are colonised by sea squirts. Common sea urchins Echinus esculentus and common starfish Asterias rubens are often abundant at the site. The rare sponge species Haliclona simulans has been recorded here. This is the only record of this species from the North Coast, but this may be due to its polymorphic nature, growing as a branching erect colony or thin sheet, making identification difficult.
- 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.
- Portrush/Portballintrae Harbour Office: 02870822307 / 0788981860
- When navigating within the harbour, use VHF Channel 12.