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Salt Island (Southwest)

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Salt Island is located on the northeast coast of Ireland within Strangford Lough’s southwestern corner and in the Quoile River estuary. This anchorage is in the channel that runs between Salt Island and Rat and Gores Island.

Salt Island is located on the northeast coast of Ireland within Strangford Lough’s southwestern corner and in the Quoile River estuary. This anchorage is in the channel that runs between Salt Island and Rat and Gores Island.

Inside the Quoile River, akin to many of the islands and snug creeks on the western shore, a vessel will find complete protection. This anchorage offers complete protection that is a particularly good anchorage when seeking protection from strong easterly conditions. The enclosed waters of Strangford Lough provide shelter waters and ample marks to make daylight navigation very straightforward.



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Keyfacts for Salt Island (Southwest)
Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
2 metres (6.56 feet).

Approaches
3 stars: Attentive navigation; daylight access with dangers that need attention.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
October 6th 2022

Summary

A completely protected location with attentive navigation required for access.

Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration



Position and approaches
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Haven position

54° 22.497' N, 005° 39.245' W

Between Rat & Salt Island – to the west of Salt Island.

What are the initial fixes?

The following waypoints will set up a final approach:

(i) Quoile River Initial Fix

54° 23.614' N, 005° 38.195' W

300 metres east of ‘Town Rock’ off Killyleagh. This is a distinctive red cylindrical brick pillar marker lit QW. From here a bearing of 210°, passing Green Island to port, takes a vessel down the middle of the Quoile River.

(ii) Killyleagh Initial Fix

54° 23.573' N, 005° 37.537' W

Between Barrel and Skate Rocks that are marked by perches. It is set upon the useful transit marked on the Admiralty chart keeping Portaferry pier open upon Chapel Island.
Please note

Initial fixes only set up their listed targets. Do not plan to sail directly between initial fixes as a routing sequence.




What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details for vessels approaching Strangford Lough from the north are available in northeast Ireland’s coastal overview for Malin Head to Strangford Lough Route location. Details for vessels approaching from the south are available in eastern Ireland’s coastal overview for Strangford Lough to Dublin Bay Route location. Details of the approaches, tidal timings and the run up the Narrows to about a ½ mile below Strangford are covered in the Entering and exiting the Strangford Narrows Route location. The run along the south shore of Strangford Lough is then covered in the Quoile Click to view haven haven directions.


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Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Below are the ten nearest havens to Salt Island (Southwest) for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Brandy Bay (Salt Island North) - 0.3 nautical miles NNE
  2. Moore’s Point - 0.3 nautical miles NW
  3. Salt Island (South) - 0.3 nautical miles E
  4. Quoile - 0.7 nautical miles WSW
  5. Killyleagh - 1.4 nautical miles N
  6. Jackdaw Island - 1.6 nautical miles ENE
  7. Between Jackdaw & Chapel Island - 2 nautical miles ENE
  8. Holm Bay - 2.1 nautical miles NNE
  9. Chapel Island - 2.2 nautical miles ENE
  10. East Down Yacht Club - 2.4 nautical miles N
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Brandy Bay (Salt Island North) - 0.3 miles NNE
  2. Moore’s Point - 0.3 miles NW
  3. Salt Island (South) - 0.3 miles E
  4. Quoile - 0.7 miles WSW
  5. Killyleagh - 1.4 miles N
  6. Jackdaw Island - 1.6 miles ENE
  7. Between Jackdaw & Chapel Island - 2 miles ENE
  8. Holm Bay - 2.1 miles NNE
  9. Chapel Island - 2.2 miles ENE
  10. East Down Yacht Club - 2.4 miles N
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What's the story here?
The anchoring area off the southwest end of Salt Island
Image: Michael Harpur


Salt Island is located within the Quoile Estuary just over 1 mile south of Killyleagh. It is a small island, about 0.4 miles long and 0.2 miles wide, lying in a northeast/southwest direction. It rises to 13 metres high at its northeast end and the island dries to the shoreline on its southeastern side at low water. This anchorage is in the channel that runs between Salt Island and Rat and Gores islands which always offers deep water with excellent holding.


The southwest end of Salt Island as seen from the channel
Image: Michael Harpur


The anchorage is anywhere in the channel between the tiny Rat Island and the middle of the gap between the corresponding points of Gores Island and Salt Island. Depths of 4 metres LAT will be found between Rat Island and Salt Island with 3.1 metres LAT between Gores Island and Salt Island.

Shoal draft vessels can pass around to the landing point fronting the Bothy on the southeast side of the island which is accessible ±2½ hours of high tide.


How to get in?
Salt Island with Rat Island (central) and Killlyleagh and Green Island in the
backdrop

Image: Michael Harpur


Convergance Point Details of the approaches, tidal timings and the run up the Narrows to about a ½ mile below Strangford are covered in the Entering and exiting the Strangford Narrows Route location route description. The run along the south shore of Strangford Lough is then covered in the Quoile Click to view haven haven directions.


Green Island and Salt Island as seen from the River Quoile
Image: Michael Harpur


Initial fix location The Initial Fix places a vessel off Killyleagh and at the mouth of the River Quoile. From here the path takes a west-southwest direction on a bearing of 210° T for a distance of approximately 1 mile. This leads through the middle of the river estuary passing Green Island to port.


Salt Island's Brandy Bay opposite Moore's Point
Image: Michael Harpur


Salt Island will become readily apparent after a ½ mile southwest of Green Island opposite Moore’s Point.

Turn into the channel favouring the Rat Island side of central
Image: Michael Harpur


Proceed past Brandy Bay and turn into the channel between the islands slightly favouring the Rat Island side where there is plenty of water.

Anchor according to conditions anywhere a long the channel
Image: Michael Harpur


Haven location Anchor according to conditions anywhere along the channel as there is plenty of water and excellent holding.

Land on the beach or below the Bothy, but be aware of substantial mud flats during low tide.


Why visit here?
Salt Island is one of the many picturesque islands in Strangford Lough owned and preserved for future generations by the National Trust. Information on the island is covered in the Salt Island (South) Click to view haven haven entry that leads to the island's old stone quay.

From a boating point of view, this Salt Island anchorage is an ideal location to find protection from most quarters, and particularly from very strong easterlies.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at this river anchorage.


Any security concerns?
Never a problem known to have occurred off Salt Island.


With thanks to:
Brian Crawford, local Strangford Lough boatman of many decades. eOceanic would like to thank Quoile Yacht Club External link for hosting our survey boat during the survey of Strangford Lough.




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