GPS: 52.14379 - 7.16625
About 1 hour and 50 mins from Newlands Cross in Dublin, take M7 / M9 south to to Waterford. Approaching Waterford take the first exit at the Quarry Roundabout to the next round about 500m on. Then, take the 3rd exit onto the N25 Cork Road crossing the Toll Bridge. Continue on N25 for approximately 2kms then take the first exit onto the R710. Freom here take the R710 / R680 / R682 to Tramore. At the first round about in Tramore, take the third exit onto the R675 / Coast Road. Remain on this road for approximately 1.5km until you see a sign for Newtown Cove Caravan Park to the right. The Newtown Cove / Gullimines Swiming Area is about 1.5kms down this road, on the left hand side, beyond the caravan park.
Also known as the Gullimines, this very popular swimming area offers a couple of excellent and easily accessed shore dives, suitable for both beginners and more experienced divers. From the carpark head down to the swimming area to the right hand side as you face out to the sea. You can enter and exit the water using the ladder at the end of the short pier then snorkel out about 20 meters before dropping down to head either south or north. The better dive is to the south where there are large boulders, and crevices along with plenty of kelp and fish life. Alternatively you, starting from the same point can head north for about 200m and exit at the other swimming area but this is a popular fishing area so bring a knife in case you get snagged up - maximum depths for both dives are 10m to 12m.
TIDE, SWELL & WIND FORECAST
Tide, swell and wind forecasts for nearby Tramore beach are available here..
NEARBY DIVE SITES
Hook Head in approximately 45 kms away if you take the Passage East / Arthurstown car ferry. Not taking the ferry adds about 30kms to the journey as it is necessary to travel via Waterford / New Ross. Dunmore East is about 15kms / 20 mins away via the R684 / R685.
Alternatively, you could head south to Helvic Head which is approximately 60 Kms away via the N25 towards Cork.
The nearest RNLI station is Tramore (051-381 622), the Irish Coast Guard can be contacted by phoning 112 or 999.
Water temperatures around the south east coast average around 15c/54f from June to October, varying from lows of around 11c/52f in early June, to highs of 18c/64f or 19c/66f in July and August. Temperatures average around 11c/52f 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 13c/55f in early November to lows of 8c/46f in January or February.
These are surface temperatures, water temperature 10m down will typically be a couple of degrees lower