By boat from Portrush Harbour. The site is located approx. 1km NE of Dunluce Castle. This site was previously marked by a cardinal buoy known as the ‘Iron Man’, which was removed after it broke free following a storm in 2017. The site is now unmarked but the rocks are visible from the surface.
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)
- Swells can be strong.
- The rocks are now unmarked but break the surface; vigilant and experienced skipper required!
A rocky reef with steep sloping vertical walls, and some overhangs. At the base is a cobble and pebble seabed. There is a great dive on the north side of the rocks, down to around 20 metres depth.
The bedrock is covered in dead men’s fingers Alcyonium digitatum, sea squirts (in particular Morchellium argus) and bryozoans, with jewel anemones Corynactis viridis dominating the upper 3 metres of the vertical wall. Molgula manhattensis, known as ‘sea grapes’, a invasive non-native sea squirt species, has been recorded near the Storks.
- 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.