Knightstown Pier on Valentia Island is about as remote as you can get in Ireland – about 3 hours from Cork via the N22 / N70 (Ring of Kerry), the island is accessible by bridge. On crossing the bridge onto the island, remain on the R565 to Knightstown which is approximately 5kms away. The pier is in the centre of the town.
Although shallow (approx 3m) this is a very worthwhile night dive if you ever find yourself on Valentia Island, with some air in your tank. Diving during the day is not advisable due to boat traffic.
Enter the water via the steps or the slip, the stones of the pier are widely spaced, providing convenient homes for marine life. Expect to see lots of lobsters, as well as congors, flatfish and blennies, you might also see some pipefish.
TIDE, SWELL & WIND FORECAST
Tide, swell and wind forecasts for Rossbeigh Beach, approximately 50kms away, are available here......
NEARBY DIVE SITES
Other shore dives to consider if you are ever in this area include Derrynane Harbour (51.7596, -10.1377), which will give you depths of up to 10m at Lamb Island near the mouth of the harbour.
The many dive sites around Kilkee, County Clare, are about 3.5 hours / 170 kms away, if you take the car ferry at Tarbert, not taking the car ferry and going via Limerick and Ennis instead will ad about 40 mins to your journey.
The nearest RNLI station is on Valentia Island (066, 947 6201). The Coast Guard can be contacted by phoning 112 or 999.
Water temperatures around the south west coast average around 15c/54f from June to October, varying from lows of around 11f/52c in early June and late October, to highs of 18c/64f or 19c/66f in July and August. Temperatures average around 11c/52f from March to May, going from lows of down to 9c/48f in early March to highs of up to 15c/59f in late May. Winter temperatures average around 11c/52f , varying from up to 14c/57f in early November to lows of 9c/48f in January or February.