By boat from Portmuck or Ballylumford. The site is ~100m SE off the start of the new Gobbins Coast Path.
Portmuck Harbour provides free car parking, a slipway and public toilets. The pier is 25 metres long, 6.5 metres wide and in good condition.
Free parking, a slipway, public toilets and outdoor changing facilities are available at Ballylumford Harbour as well (access to slipway restricted to Islandmagee Boat Club members; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nearest tank filling is DV Diving, Mount Stewart, Newtownards.
Turbulent conditions possible on both the flood and ebb tide.
A flat mixed sediment seabed dominated by sand and gravel, with occassional boulders.
Short animal turf is visible on the boulders and the cobbles are encrusted with pink algae. Many polychaete worm and crustacean species occur amongst the boulders and cobbles. The circular crab Atelecyclus rotundatus, a Northern Ireland Priority Species, has been recorded at this site.
- 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.
- Portmuck/Ballylumford Harbour: 028 9336 6666