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Kilkieran Bay

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Kilkieran Bay is an eight mile long inlet off the northern approaches to Galway Bay situated to the west of Lettermullen and Gorumna Islands, and approximately 32 miles to the west of Galway itself, on the west coast of Ireland. It provides an anchorage with some seasonal moorings for visitors off a small fishing village and pier set in rural surroundings. The bay affords many other anchorages including one in Ardmore Bay off the pier with the possibility of a dinghy landing at the quay.

The deep narrow bay offers good protection in all conditions except for strong south westerlies. Access is straightforward at all stages of the tide and in most conditions. However the approach is encumbered with several rocky patches that require attentive navigation in daylight.
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There are fish farms in the vicinity.




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Keyfacts for Kilkieran Bay
Approaches
3 stars: Attentive navigation; daylight access with dangers that need attention.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.


Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierNote: fish farming activity in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementJetty or a structure to assist landingSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
Mini-supermarket or supermarket availableSlipway availablePublic house or wine bar in the areaPost Office in the area

Last modified
May 30th 2017; suggest a correction?

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Now Force

Summary* Restrictions apply

A good location with attentive navigation required for access.

LWS draught

2 metres (6.56 feet).

Today's tide estimates

LW 01:32 (1m) HW 08:02 (4.8m)
LW 13:52 (1.1m) HW 20:24 (4.5m)
Now approaching Neaps

Swell today




Approaches
3 stars: Attentive navigation; daylight access with dangers that need attention.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.


Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierNote: fish farming activity in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementJetty or a structure to assist landingSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
Mini-supermarket or supermarket availableSlipway availablePublic house or wine bar in the areaPost Office in the area

Last modified
May 30th 2017; suggest a correction?

Position and approaches
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Haven position

53° 19.320' N, 009° 43.906' W

this is the position at the pierhead at Kilkieran

What is the initial fix?

The following Kilkieran Bay initial fix will set up a final approach:
53° 15.952' N, 009° 46.657' W
this is the position in the North Sound approach to Galway Bay, midway between Dinish Island and Birmore Island



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Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Kilkieran Bay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Greatman's Bay - 2.4 miles SE
  2. Kiggaul Bay - 3 miles S
  3. Sruthan Quay - 3.9 miles ESE
  4. Bertraghboy Bay - 4.1 miles NNW
  5. Rossaveal - 4.3 miles ESE
  6. Roundstone - 5 miles NW
  7. Gorteen Bay - 5.3 miles WNW
  8. Kilronan - 7.7 miles S
  9. Inishmaan - 8.9 miles SSE
  10. Clifden Bay - 9 miles NW
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Greatman's Bay - 2.4 miles SE
  2. Kiggaul Bay - 3 miles S
  3. Sruthan Quay - 3.9 miles ESE
  4. Bertraghboy Bay - 4.1 miles NNW
  5. Rossaveal - 4.3 miles ESE
  6. Roundstone - 5 miles NW
  7. Gorteen Bay - 5.3 miles WNW
  8. Kilronan - 7.7 miles S
  9. Inishmaan - 8.9 miles SSE
  10. Clifden Bay - 9 miles NW
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


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Route location The 'Loop Head to Slyne Head' coastal description provides approach information to the suggested initial fix. Vessels approaching from the south should select the northbound Route location sequenced description; vessels approaching from the north should select the southbound Route location sequence; western approaches may use either description.

Kilkieran Bay is an extensive inlet that opens between Dinish and Birmore islands, and is about two miles to the north of the highly conspicuous Golam Head that provides an excellent sea mark.

The bay penetrates inland in a north-easterly direction for a distance of eight miles, with high tide passes extending in a more easterly direction to Upper Camus Bay and the adjoining lakes. The channel leading to it is encumbered with several rocky patches lying near the fairway that has excellent depths of between 11 to 16 metres.

The upper part of these waters is generally shallow and studded with dangers, but most of the dangers are above water and can be easily identified. The lower part of the inlet, abreast of Kilkieran cove affords a good anchorage, with mooring buoys indicated on the chart, with very good depths.

Twelve visitors moorings have been laid at the anchorage between Kilkieran Cove to the east of the village and the Kinnelly Islands, which offer good shelter but are uneasy berths in strong winds from the southeast to the northeast. The well built pier at the southern end of the village dries, but there is about 2 metres depth at low water springs for a landing at the quay. A short walk up to the village from the quay leads to a hospitable pub and a small supermarket shop.


What's the story here?
The village of Kilkieran, Irish : Cill Chiarain which means Ciaran's Church, is named after Saint Ciaran who spent many years living in the village where there is a Church and Holy Well named after him. Also on the hill overlooking the whole of Kilkieran there is a cross erected in his honour and in front of that there is a place called Leaba Chiaran, or Ciaran's bed.


What facilities are available?
Kilkieran village has a pub, small supermarket shop, a post office, and a slip.
Ardmore has a pub and small shop. There are no further facilities ar Kilkieran Bay.


With thanks to:
inyourfootsteps.com site research


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