GPS: 53.2716, -6.0918
Heading south on the M50 take exit 15 for Kiltiernan / Cornelscourt - Remain on the R118 for approximately 3kms then turn right onto Church Road then left onto Killiney Avenue at the round about take the first exit and stay on Killiney Avenue for approximately 600m, then turn left onto Killiney Hill / R119 Remain on the R119 for approximately 3 kms where it branches off on the left to Coliemore Road -take the Coliemore road for approximately 200m to Dillons Park on the right.
A convenient evening shore dive for anyone living in the Dublin Area. Accessed thorough Dillons Park just south of Dalky village. Park on the road, unpack and head straight down towards the shore - easiest access point is in front of the houses to the left of the park (facing the sea). Enter the water on here, keep close to the shore as currents in the sound can quickly catch out an unsuspecting diver. Access / exit is not easy here, a lot of slippery rocks to negotiate is easiest at high tide. This is a popular spot for fishing so bring a knife in case you get tangled up - The dive bottoms out at about 10 to 12 m on a sandy seabed – expect visibility of 5 to 10 meters in good conditions.
TIDE, SWELL & WIND FORECAST
Tide, swell and wind forecasts for the Dublin Area are available here....
NEARBY DIVE SITES
If the water at Dalky is a bit murky, a better bet might be Greystones, about 16 kms south on the M11, where the stony sea bed and a bit of distance from the Liffey estuary should provide better visibility.
The nearest RNLI station is Dun Laoghaire, which can be contacted at 01-280 2667, the Irish Coast Guard can be contacted by phoning 999 or 112.
Water Temperatures average 15c/54f from June to October in the Dublin Bay area, 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.