The Skerries, Northern Ireland

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The Skerries
Population (2001)
Irish grid reference C855409
   – Belfast  50 miles (80 km) 
District Coleraine
County County Antrim
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PORTRUSH
Postcode district BT56
Dialling code 028, +44 28
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament East Londonderry
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Northern Ireland

The Skerries are a small group of rocks (skerries) just off Portrush on the north coast of Northern Ireland.

The temperature of the Skerries during the summer months is warmer than other parts of Northern Ireland, and so the rocks are home to particularly interesting fauna; it is the only place many southern species such as the cotton spinner sea cucumber Holothuria forskali are found in Northern Ireland. There are several protected habitats located around the Skerries, notably for seagrass (Zostera marina) and horse mussel (Modiolus modiolus). In addition, recent surveys have found numbers of the spiny spider crab (Maja brachydactyla), which is new to Northern Ireland.[1]

A view of the Skerries from the Dance Hall in Portrush

Local boat trips from Portrush pass the Skerries en route to the Giant's Causeway.[2]


Coordinates: 55°13′24″N 6°38′22″W / 55.22333°N 6.63944°W / 55.22333; -6.63944