GPS: 51.4983, -9.6179
This is a tricky one to find, from Cork take the N22 approximately 100 kms west towards Schull. From Scull head west for approximately 4 kms on the R592 until you see a distinctive church on the right hand side and a narrow road facing it. Take this road (the L8424) for approximately 2kms until you will see an even more narrow road/track to the left, and a castle in the distance. Take this road in the direction of the castle for 500m until you reach a small pier which you can dive from.
This small cove offers easy access to the water. The sea bed is shingle, and the walls of the cove are rock so there is usually little silt and good visibility. Heading out from the pier you can reach depths of up to 10m with plenty to see along the way. Best to dive at high tide.
The cove is sheltered to the west and north so should be diveable in anything other than a southerly swell.
TIDE, SWELL AND WIND FORECASTS
Tide, swell and wind forecasts for nearby Inchydoney beach are available here.
NEARBY DIVE SITES
If you are heading back to Cork from here you could try Nohoval Cove, alternatively you could head to Toor Pier, which is about 20kms / 30 mins away on the other side of the peninsula (and might be a better option in the event of a southerly swell).
If you are going towards Kerry then you might like to try a quite similar dive at Brandon Creek on the Dingle peninsula which is about 185kms / 3.5 hours away. Alternatively you could try Lambs Head on the Ring of Kerry which is about 115kms / 2.5 hours away via the N71 / N70.
Other shore dive sites in the Cork area include Kinsale next to Charles Fort (51.6936, -8.4983), as well as Castlehaven Beach (51.5181, -9.1887).
The nearest RNLI station is approximately 30kms away at Casteltownbere Harbour (027- 70999), the Irish Coast Guard can be contacted by phoning 999 or 112.
Water Temperatures average 15c/54f from June to October, and can vary from a low of 11c/52f in early June, to highs of 18c/64f or 19c/66f degrees in July and August. Temperatures average 11c/52f degrees from March to May, varying from lows of down to 8c/46f in early March to highs of up to 15c/59f in late May. Temperatures average around 10 degrees in wintertime (Nov to Feb), varying from up to 13c/55f in early November, to down to 8c/46f in January or February. These are surface level temperatures, water temperature 10m down will typically be a couple of degrees lower.