The club dived one day in Clew Bay in Oct 2010 (Stephen McMullan AD assessment trip)
Overshadowed by the diving available at Clare Island and Inishturk, Clew Bay provides a useful alternative in strong south westerlies if you can’t get out to the islands.
There are excellent launch facilities at Old Head and amazing views of the bay and Croagh Patrick.
The sites are unspectacular and best used for training and assessments in foul weather.
Killary Harbour provides a close alternative once you have your fill of Clew Bay.
The advice received was that there are reefs off Old Head which are “supposed” to be nice dives in 13-18m and there is a rock called the “perch” north east of Old Head marked by a green buoy with depths down to 27m.
In practice we explored several reefs which were found to be mediocre and missed the “perch”.
Weather and Tides
ICG Coast Radio Stations make a prior announcement of weather forecasts on Marine VHF Radio Ch16 and then broadcast the forecast on the named relevant VHF Radio working channel.
Sea Area Forecasts are broadcast every 3 hours beginning at 0103 local time.
i.e. broadcast times are:- 0103, 0403, 0703, 1003, 1303, 1606, 1903, 2203 local time.
Gale Warning broadcasts are also preceded by an announcement on Marine VHF Ch16. They are broadcast on receipt and are repeated at the next one of the following times:- 0033, 0633, 1233 and 1833 local time.
Belmullet Coast Guard Radio
VHF Channels 16, 67, 83, DSC 70
Clifden Coast Guard Radio
VHF Channels 16, 67, 26, DSC 70
999 or 112
Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, Co. Mayo: Tel: (094) 9021733
Doctor Heneghan, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo: Tel: (098) 66168
The town of Louisbugh has everything you need in terms of food & drink.
Excellent cottages with friendly owners just a minutes walk from the main street of Louisburgh (shops, pubs, ATM) are available via:
On arriving in Louisburgh from Westport, turn right in the centre of the town continue for 400 mtrs and the cottage complex is in the right.