Kilkee is probably the top diving location in Ireland, with numerous great dive sites, some of which can be accessed from the shore. The town is approximately 3 hours from Dublin, taking the N7/M7 to Limerick. At Limerick take the tunnell under the Shannon then the N18/M18 north towards Galway, take the Ennis / Ennistymon exit onto the N85. Continue on the N85 through 2 roundabouts and at the third roundabout take the third exit on to the N68. Remain on the N68 for approximately 40km. At Kilrush Village turn right onto the N67. Continue on the N67 for approximately 13km to Kilkee.
DUGGERNA REEF - Doctors Rocks
Enter and exit via the usually sheltered rock pool (x ) opposite the Diamond Rocks Cafe - exiting the pool follow the rock face to the north (keeping it to your right), as you head north the floor changes from solid rock to stones and eventually back to solid rock. Make sure you retain enough air to return to the rock pool for a safe exit.
This dive site is tide sensitive and quite exposed - best time to dive is around low tide, in calm conditions. The rocks are covered in algae and extremely slippy.
Another exposed site, only to be dived in clam conditions - Diamond Rocks can be accessed by taking the cliff walk from the Diamond Rocks Cafe for approximately 500m to Lookout Hill(you might want some form of trolly to throw your gear on). When you get to Lookout Hill, you will need to take steps and climb some rocks down to sea level - not easy to do with scuba gear so don't attempt this from the shore unless you are in good shape and / or have plenty of help. Just off the the shore is a deep valley of up to 30m which can offer exceptional visibility in the right conditions.
TIDE, SWELL & WIND FORECAST
Tide, swell and wind forecasts for nearby Lahinch beach are available here...
The nearest RNLI station is Kilrush (065-905 2624), the Irish Coast Guard can be contacted by phoning 999 or 112.
NEARBY DIVE SITE
The Bridges of Ross shore dive site is approximately 20 kms south on the R487, even if diving is not a possibility, a trip to see the beautiful scenery here is a must.
If conditions are calm, you might like to try the shore dive at Fanore, in the Burren, which is about 70kms north on the N67.
If you are heading south to Kerry, you might like to try a shore dive at Brandon Creek. on the Dingle Peninsula, or Lambs Head Pier, on the Ring of Kerry - both of these dive sites are a 4 hour drive away, assuming you take the car ferry at Killimer.
If conditions are not so calm, you could head to Lahinch and rent a surf board for an afternoon.
Water temperatures around the west coast average around 14c/52f from June to October, varying from lows of around 10f/50c in early June and late October, to highs of 18c/64f or 19c/66f in July and August. Temperatures average around 10c/50f 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 10c/50f in wintertime, varying from up to 14c/57f in early November to lows of 7c/44f in January or February.
These are surface temperatures, water temperature 10m down will typically be a couple of degrees lower.