By car, from the Bryansburn Road (Bangor) roundabout take the exit onto Maxwell Road. At the crossroads, turn left onto Downshire Road and immediately right onto Brompton Road. Follow the road to the bottom, parking on the side of the road. The entry point is from the slipway or shore approx. 50m walk from the road end.
Car parking on the road side above the site. The nearest public toilets can be found on Eisenhower pier 800 metres east by foot.
Nearest tank filling is DV Diving, Mount Stewart, Newtownards.
- Private boat traffic including occasional anchoring at Jenny Watt’s Cove.
- Other water users including sea swimmers, SUP boarders and kayakers.
- Anglers and discarded fishing line.
- Slippy entrance when diving at low tide.
There are 2 seperate areas to explore at this site:
- Fin north of entry. Descend onto mixed weed and rock. Continuing north moving onto areas of sand. Further north there are some large rocky areas with Rosy feather stars Antedon bifida, worms, sea squirts, crustaceans and juvenile fish. Good practice to deploy a SMB due to likely boat traffic.
- Descend and fin west. Numerous gullies to explore including a small swim through. Again, soft corals, sea squirts and numerous crustaceans. Look out for octopus!
Rose feather stars Antedon bifida, starfish, sea squirts, including the invasive leathery sea squirt Styela clava, soft corals, anemones, crustaceans, worms including the bootlace worm Lineus longissimus, nudibranchs e.g. Polycera faeroensis and juvenile fish. Curled octopus are often spotted here and on an evening or night dive, look out for the bobtail squid Sepiola atlantica.
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
Geograph – Wreckage of M.V. Oregon
- 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
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Fantastic vis and loads to see on evening of Friday 19th June!