By boat from Portrush Harbour. The site is approx. 400 metres SE off Little Skerries.
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)
- Boat traffic from Portrush (recreational and commercial).
- Tides are also known to be very strong, a DSMB is essential.
A mixed sediment seabed consisting of sand, pebbles and patches of coarse broken shell, with the occasional large boulder.
Hydroids are very common, namely the sea hedgehog Halecium muricatum and sea beard Nemertesia antennina. The erect Bryozoan species Eucratea loricata is also abundant. Spurdog Squalus acanthias, a Northern Ireland Priority Species have been recorded here previously.
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
Skerries Islands Portrush Dive
- 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.
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