Follow the Beach Road into Portballintrae and park in the Beach Road car park. The entry point is from the beach area beneath the car park. The site is approx. 5 metres off the shore.
Parking on Beach Road or the Beach Road car park at 55.219679, -6.540833. Public toilets (including disabled) are located in the car park.
Nearest tank filling is Aquaholics in Portstewart or Ballycastle (028 7083 2584)
- Tidal surge can be strong in inclement weather.
- The beach is crowded in summer months with rock diving a popular activity.
- Avoid Runkerry beach just adjacent as it is subject to longshore currents with strong riptides.
A beautiful sheltered small bay, that can offer a great diving or snorkelling experience in good weather over the summer months.
For snorkellers: This bay is full of rocky areas, with many crevices and fissures.
For divers: A great wee dive (even though it is shallow!). Easy entry and exit from the beach. Suggest venturing out into the bay at HW. There is a small wall at approximately 55.220387, -06.543534. This vertical wall has ledges and crevices. An easy, scenic, dive.
Abundant juvenile fish (including wrasse), anemones and crustaceans amongst diverse mixed seaweed. At the small wall at approximately 55.220507, -06.543572 there are velvet swimming crabs, common prawns, and leopard spotted gobies. Dives may also see the odd shanny or tompot blenny hiding in the rocky crevices.
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.
- Find nearest defibrillator (AED) here
Leave a Comment
Dived here recently? Then let other divers know about this site from your experience!