• AlbinoPipefish

  • Anemone

  • BallanWrasse

  • ButterfishorGunnelPholisgunnellus

  • Conger

  • CuckooWrasse

  • Dogfish

  • EnginefromtheGaelicWreckFrenchmansRock

  • FlameShellMussel

  • GreaterPipefishScynaousAcre

  • JuvenileDogfish

  • KingScallopPectenmaximusPanBay

  • LeopardGoby

  • Maerl

  • NudibrackEggString

  • anglerfish

  • blenny

  • fathomsbroadwater

  • fathomsnarrows

  • fathomsnorthwater

  • firstnarrows

  • gobies

  • seahare

  • shellfish

Mulroy Bay Dive Sites

1. Melmore Head

Most Northerly point of Mulroy bay system. Rock wall with 25 metre depth. Super Chimney cave on the tip of the headland.

55°15.440' N, 7°47.186' W

  • Pollock, Wrasse, Lobsters, Brown Crab, Ling and very occasionally the ugliest fish around, an Angler Fish.

10. The Hassons

Just inside the Third Narrows this site is rarely dived, but has a nice gravelly seabed.

55°09.680' N, 7°42.130' W

  • Anemones, Sponges and various Crab species.

    Anemone

     

11. Pan Bay

Mud and fine gravel seabed.

55°09.530' N, 7°42.279' W

  • Juvenile Dogfish observed at this site.

     

12. Pan Rock

One of Sheephaven divers favourite dive sites. It ranges from shore line to 30 metres and has a mixture of rock wall, large boulders, mud and gravel substrates.

55°09.236' N, 7°41.744' W

  • A diverse marine ecosystem, including significant shellfish species, Leopard Gobies, Long Spined Scorpion Fish, Pipefish and Thornback Rays.

    Leopard Goby

     

     

13. Cranford Pier

A dive with 3 sunken wrecks in close proximity to each other and the shore.

55°08.874' N, 7°41.730' W

  • Marine life is limited but great to get access to wrecks in water no deeper than 12 metres.

     

     

14. Campbell's Bed

Another of Sheephaven Divers favourite dive site, particuraly in the winter. The reef that makes up this site is hundreds of metres long and depths range from 2 metres below the surface to nearly 30 metres at its deepest.

55°09.275' N, 7°40.735' W

  • A diverse marine ecosystem but the most memorable was the when this site has yield up a very rare sighting of an Albino Pipefish. In the summer evenings Otters have been known to join the divers for a dip.

     

     

     

15. Mucross Channel

The channel between Broadwater and North Water Bays and has a number of interesting dive sites on a mainly gravel seabed.

55°10.777' N, 7°42.087' W

  • This area is the home of Flame Shell Mussel, a sensitive species indicating the pristine quality of the water throughout the Mulroy Bay system.

     

     

     

16. Stockan Rock

The deepest spot on the Mulroy Bay system at over 50 metres deep as a suitably qualified diver follows the rock down to the very dark and muddy seabed.

55°12.633' N, 7°42.164' W

  • Good marine life in the upper reaches of the site but nothing to see after 20 metres.

    Ballan Wrasse

     

     

     

17. Massmount

Another favourite Sheephaven dive, normally conducted as a shore dive and only with the consent of landowners. The initial rock wall gives way to a muddy seabed at 20 metres.

55°12.520' N, 7°42.036' W

  • Full of marine life, especially Gobies and Blennies

    Gobies

     

     

     

2. Ravenny Point

Sheltered bay inside the navigation marker makes for good alternative if Melmore Head too rough. Maximum depth 15 metres, with sandy seabed.

55°15.100' N, 7°46.775' W

  • Site has yielded some good examples of Sea Hares in the Spring.

3. Cannons of Ballywhoriskey Point

Only accessible on the very best of weather.

55°15.344' N, 7°45.142' W

  • Albino Pipefish

4. First Narrows

Possibly one of the best dives in Mulroy Bay. Reef dive that quickly becomes a roller coaster drift dive. The rock gives way to sand and cobble and eventually Maerl further up towards Mevagh. Pristine waters.

55°13.134' N, 7°47.929' W

  • A wide variety of Kelps, Sponges, Anemones, Hornwrack, Hydroids, Nudibracks, Butterfish, Bib, ocassional Pollock Sholas, Conger Eels and shell fish. Maerl is an indicator of good quality marine habitats.

    Maerl

5. Knox's Hole

A 20 metre hole that has been dived as a drift dive when the First Narrows is running too fast. Another roller coaster ride.

55°12.819' N, 7°48.357' W

  • Primarily Maerl but evidence of a variety of shellfish, judging by the amount of dead shells littering the seabed.

6-7. Glinsik and Leathmore Jetty

If weather conditions allows for diving this site is a good alternative when the winter storms have blown everything else out.  A good clean sandy seabed is ideal for diving. Permission form the Fish Farm operators is a prerequisite for diving this site.

54°12.120' N, 7°46.787' W

  • Most interesting marine species here are a number of big Conger Eels and loads of crabs.

8-9. Mulroy Bridge and Second Narrows

A really interesting dive under the bridge as the pillars provides a unique maritime ecosystem, while the tidal currents make for an exciting drift dive.

55°11.374' N, 7°45.713' W

  • The sea bed is Maerl, with a collection of larger rocks. Marine life includes Kelps, Sponges, Anemones, Hydroids, various shellfish species, Butterfish, Blennies and Gobies.

    Blenny