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Scuba Diving in Fastnet Rock, Cork, Ireland

Maximum Depth:
50m/164ft
Skill Level:
Experienced Divers
County Cork is situated in the South-West Region of Ireland and it is the largest of all Irish counties. The climate here, like the rest of Ireland, is classified as a maritime climate, usually with cool summers, mild winters and abundant rainfall. Cork enchants visitors with its beautiful landscapes, historic towns and magnificent coastline. In addition, it provides with a number of sporting and leisure activities to perform and remember forever.

Baltimore is a picturesque, fishing village that sits on the southwest coast of County Cork. Apart from stunning natural surroundings, Baltimore offers a variety of water-sports and leisure activities to locals and visitors. Fastnet Rock is located close to Cape Clear Island and it is the most southerly point of Ireland.

The one side of the rock drops down to 50 m/164 ft, while the other side has a depth of 30 m/98.4 ft. Fastnet Rock is an exposed location, with strong, tidal flows that accommodates only the experienced divers. But in good weather conditions, the marine world is amazing, with an abundance of fish, colorful anemones and starfish of all sizes. Visibility is good, usually more than 10 m/32.8 ft. Water temperature ranges from 7°C/45°F in winter to a maximum of about 15°C/59°F in summer and early autumn months.

Last but not least, do not miss the opportunity to explore the lighthouse that stands on the top of the rock, as it is Ireland’s highest lighthouse. Note: you can book a boat dive at a dive center that visits the site.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Cork
95.5km/59.4mi, 1h 31mins
Head east on Dyke Parade/N22 for Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right at the Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right onto Western Road/N22. Continue to follow the N22. Slight left at Victoria Cross/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Go through one roundabout. At the roundabout Sarsfield Road Roundabout / Timpeall Bhóthar an tSáirséalaigh, take the 3rd exit at South Ring Road/N40/N71. Continue to follow the N40/N71. At the roundabout Bandon Road Roundabout / Timpeallán Bhóthar Dhroichead na Bandan, take the 1st exit at Waterfall Road/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Slight left to stay on N71. Go through two roundabouts. Turn left into St. Finbarr's Place/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Go through two roundabouts. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on N71. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit to Bóthar Chorcaí / Cork Road. Continue towards an tSráid Thuaidh / North Street. Continue towards an tSráid Mhór / Main Street/R595. Continue to follow the R595. Go through one roundabout. Continue to Village Moorings. Turn right.
BY AIR
Cork Airport,
92.4km/57.5mi 1h mins drive
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