By boat from Portrush Harbour, the site is approximately 700m north of the harbour wall, following the coastline.
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 in/out of Portrush Harbour, including Portrush 7 Class Lifeboat
- Numerous lines from lobster pots, snagged fishing lines, plastic and metal rubbish.
Boulder slope which levels off at 22 metres, with sand and gravel at the base and further isolated boulders.
Seabed community dominated by kelp and mixed red algae and a diversity of fish including wrasse and the reticulated dragonet Callionymus reticulatus. The rare nudibranch (sea slug) Crimora papillata has been recorded at the site previously, as well as the crawfish / spiny lobster Palinurus elephas, a Northern Ireland Priority Species which based on increasing records from divers in the area, is either showing signs of recovery or range expansion.
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. 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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