By boat from Portrush Harbour. The site is on the south west side of Island Bartan (Large Skerrie)
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 use contact Portrush Harbour Office: 02870822307 / 0788981860.
Nearest tank filling is Aquaholics in Portstewart (028 7083 2584)
- The northern side of the Skerries are especially exposed to strong tidal streams and waves. The bay provides some cover.
Also known as ‘seal bay’; the seabed here is a mixture of cobbles medium to large sized reef forming boulders. The vertical rocky wall has many fissures and crevices to explore. Also look out for a narrow gully area.
The rocky reef area is dominated by brown and red algal species, bryozoans, sponges and fish. The site is also known as ‘Seal Bay’ as many divers have encountered friendly grey seals 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.
- Portrush Harbour Office: 02870822307.
- When navigating within the harbour/marina, use VHF Channel 12.