GPS: 51.5641, -9.7290
Located near Kilcrohane on the Sheep's Head Peninsula, in south west Cork about 108kms from Cork on the N22/R585/R587/R586. Head west out of Kilcrohane for about 3km until you see asignpost for Dooneen Pier (to the left), follow this narrow road all the way to the pier
The area around the the pier is well protected from the prevailing westerly winds and can be dived in most conditions and when other sites are too rough. Entering the water at the pier, head out and to the right of for the most interesting dive areas. Depths of 20m can be achieved before the sea bed turns to sand. To the left of the pier there is a narrow cleft which runs back 50m into the cliff, at depts of up to 10m deep, its walls are covered with with jewel anemones.
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 try Toor Pier, which is approximately 40 kms away via the R591 and R592. Other shore dive sites in this area include Castle Point (also about 40kms away), and Castle Haven Beach (about 65kms / 1 hour away).
Alternatively if you are heading towards Kerry you could try a dive at Lambs Head pier, which is about 100km / 2 hours away on the Beara Peninsula.
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.