GPS: 51.4936, -9.8043
Located close to Mizen Head – Irelands most southerly point, the nearest town is Schull which is 104kms from Cork via the R586. From Schull head west on the R592 / R591 for about 20kms to Barleycove – take the first turn to the right beyond the estuary / school at Barley Cove and continue on this unnamed road / country lane for about 4 kms until it eventually ends at a small parking area near the pier.
From the car park take a path 100m down to a small pier from where you can step into about 10m. Going right out of the pier there are some to some cliffs which make for a good rock dive with a deep sandy bottom. Further on you will come to another area with gullies and various other structures.
TIDE, SWELL AND WIND FORECASTS
Tide, swell and wind forecasts for nearby Inchydoney beach are available here.
NEARBY DIVE SITES
If there is a westerly swell, you might like to try diving at Castle Point, instead, which is about 20kms / 30 mins away on the southern side of the peninsula. Another shore dove to do in this area is Dooneen pier, which is about 40kms away.
Other shore dive sites in the Cork area include Kinsale next to Charles Fort (51.6936, -8.4983), as well as Castlehaven Beach (51.5181, -9.1887).
The nearest RNLI station is approximately 30kms away at Casteltownbere Harbour (027- 70999), the Irish Coast Guard can be contacted by phoning 999 or 112.
Water Temperatures average 15c/54f from June to October, and can vary from a low of 11c/52f in early June, to highs of 18c/64f or 19c/66f degrees in July and August. Temperatures average 11c/52f degrees 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 10 degrees in wintertime (Nov to Feb), varying from up to 13c/55f in early November, to down to 8c/46f in January or February. These are surface level temperatures, water temperature 10m down will typically be a couple of degrees lower.