By car. Off the A2 Donaghadee Road, take the exit for B511 Donaghadee Road (signed Groomsport). Turn right onto Harbour Road and park in the car park overlooking the harbour to the west and beach to the east. Access the shore on foot via the footpath (approx. 50m). The site is short and easy stroll out in a northerly direction from the beach
There are public toilets available near Main Street
- The main hazard is the shallow depth coupled with relatively high boat traffic. It is advisable to deploy a SMB for the duration.
- An unlikely but possible hazard is entanglement from fishing line.
The site is a sandy seabed with areas of rock covered in mixed seaweed, including kelp (similar to the dive site at Groomsport Beach East).
Various crustacean and anemone species, including the dahlia anemone Urticina felina, are common here. A variety of fish can be seen, such as wrasse and gobies. Keep an eye out for the unusual and slightly grotesque lumpsucker Cyclopterus lumpus which was filmed by Phil Wilkinson at this site recently. Bobtail squid Sepiola atlantica and octopus are often sighted here as well.
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.
- Find nearest defibrillator (AED) here
- Groomsport Harbour Master: 028 9188 2377
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Lovely night dive on 1st September. Great vis, lots to see and warm(ish) ?