By boat from Rathlin or Ballycastle. The site is approx. 100m due south of Stroanlea Point
Rathlin Harbour has pontoons for around 40 boats. Water and electricity are available on the pontoon but there is no reliable source of fuel. Public toilets are available in Church Bay between the harbour and the pub, near the playground.
Ballycastle Harbour has a gated slipway (open during office hours) and pontoon berthing. Free car parking is available above the harbour and marina. Free public toilets are available in the visitor information office above the harbour.
Berthing fees apply for both Rathlin and Ballycastle Harbour Office; for use of either, contact the Ballycastle Harbour Office: 02820768525 / 07803505984.
Nearest tank filling is Aquaholics in Ballycastle or Portstewart (ring ahead: 028 7083 2584)
Strong tidal currents, eddies and overfalls occur all around Rathlin Island
A sloping bedrock wall (12-26 metres) with boulders, cobbles and pebbles. The boulders are mostly small and interspersed with patches of stoney gravel and coarse sand.
The upper section of the bedrock wall is predominantly kelp forest and mixed sea weed. Byozoans and hydroids are visible on the kelp. As you delve deeper, short animal turf becomes apparent, with sea urchins and seasquirts becoming more common. The rarely recorded red encrusting sponge, Antho granditoxa, a Northern Ireland Priority Species has been recorded close to the site.
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
Rathlin Island Dive Expedition 2019
Rathlin Island Info
Northern Ireland Marine MapViewer
- 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.
- Ballycastle/Rathlin Harbour Office No. 028 207 68525 Mobile Number 07803 505084
- When navigating within Ballycastle or Rathlin Harbour, use VHF Channel 80.
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