GPS: 54.3324, -9.7827
Portacloy, Co Mayo (also known as Carrowtiege) is about a 4.5 hour drive from Dublin via the M4/N4 to Longford, then the N5 to Swinford. At Swinford take the N26 to Foxford and then on to Ballina. At Ballina take the N59 to Bangor Erris – at Bangor Erris take the R313 north for approximately 1.5km, then turn right onto the L1204 – remain on this road for a further 9kms then turn right onto the R314 for 4.2 kms, then left onto the L1023 for 11.5 kms - then turn right and Portacloy is approximately 2 kms ahead. Note: If travelling this way, Bangor Erris is the last chance to stock up on supplies / fuel before reaching the dive site 30kms away. There is not much accommodation in the area and its about 30km from the nearest decent sized town so you might want to bring a tent..
The beautiful north facing inlet of Portacloy offers clear sheltered waters and easy access via two small piers. The inlet faces north and so offers protection from the prevailing westerly swells and winds.
TIDE, SWELL & WIND FORECAST
Tide, swell and wind forecasts for nearby Lacken Bay are available here.
NEARBY DIVE SITES
Keem Bay, also in Mayo is approximately 1.5 hours / 96 kms away via the N59 / R319.
Scotch Port, (54.2557, -10.0761), and French Port (54.2411, -10.074) are two shore dive sites about 40kms away on the Belmullet Peninsula (take the R313 /R314). Scotch port is particularly sheltered, visibility is usually good here due to the stony sea bed.
If you are heading towards County Sligo, you might like to try diving at Mullaghmore. which is about 2hrs/160 kms away via the N59 and N4, though this is a very exposed site and only diveable in very calm conditions.
The nearest RNLI station is about 40kms away at Belmullet (097-82072), the Irish Coast Guard can be contacted by phoning 999 or 112.
Water temperatures around the north-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.