Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way!
On Saturday last a convoy of 29 divers with three club boats and equipment headed across the country. Having checked the weather forecast we were hopeful of getting in some good diving in Donegal. In previous years we have experienced wind, rain, and even hailstones for the trainees first diving experience! Yet they come out for more. It certainly is addictive.
Mulroy Bay in Northwest Donegal is one of our favourite dive sites. The Bay extends 10M inland from an open North facing outer Bay with Melrose Point and Ballyhoorisky Point marking the entrance. There is a lovely slipway in Fannys Bay ideal for launching and retrieving the boats.The Bay is well sheltered from most wind and is very suitable for the new divers in the group as well as catering for the experienced divers.
This being a large group the Diving Officer had arranged a dry Coxswain on each of the three boats. Each trainee was buddied with an experienced club member. The emphasis was on ensuring that the first dive was as relaxed as possible for the trainee. The dive site was a short distance out from the slip north of Crannoge Point. Depth 6-8 metres. This was a nice sandy shale bottom with some kelp. The diving was exciting and it was great to introduce the new members to the wonders of the sea.
For the second dive we took a run out towards Melrose Head but when we saw the swells we opted to turn back and dive close to our first dive site. Safety as always being paramount.An added bonus was the spectacular views along the coastline and we had it all to ourselves!
Diving on Sunday was cancelled as the weather deteriorated. The village of Downings is a friendly place with lots of character. We were made very welcome in the Beach Hotel where we were well looked after.
A successful club outing and a good start to the year. A weekend to be remembered.