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Ballydowan

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Ballydowan is a small village, on the eastern shore of Larne Lough, which is situated on the northeast coast of Ireland. Located about a mile and a half within the lough it provides a secluded anchorage adjacent to a local mooring area.

Ballydowan is a small village, on the eastern shore of Larne Lough, which is situated on the northeast coast of Ireland. Located about a mile and a half within the lough it provides a secluded anchorage adjacent to a local mooring area.

The anchorage at Ballydowan affords good protection in the enclosed waterway of Larne Lough, but it is somewhat exposed to a fetch that can develop across the large expanse of water to the northwest. Access is straightforward as Larne Lough may be approached day or night, at any stage of the tide and in all reasonable conditions. Outside of the harbour, navigation aids become scarce but the trek down to the anchorage is via a deep channel with no obstructions, where it is simply a matter of passing along the shoreline to Ballydowan.



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Last modified
July 18th 2018

Summary

A good location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterNavigation lights to support a night approach

Considerations
None listed



Position and approaches
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Haven position

54° 49.716' N, 005° 45.818' W

This anchorage is within Larne Lough and off Islandmagee’s western shore. The position is immediately south of the small spit of headland extending south from Ballydowan upon the lough’s eastern shore.

What is the initial fix?

The following Larne Harbour Initial Fix will set up a final approach:
54° 51.580' N, 005° 47.550' W
Half a mile north of the harbour and approximately midway between Larne No. 1 and No. 2 Light buoys. This is set upon the leading lights alignment of 184.3° T that leads through the centre of the entrance channel.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in the northeast Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Malin Head to Strangford Lough Route location.

  • Approaches to bay can be found in the Larne Harbour Click to view haven entry.

  • Track down along the deep water channel that follows the western side of Islandmagee’s shoreline to Ballydowan.


Not what you need?
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 Ballydowan for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Mill Bay - 0.3 miles SE
  2. Magheramorne Point - 0.4 miles SSW
  3. Larne Harbour - 0.6 miles NW
  4. Brown’s Bay - 1 miles N
  5. Ferris Bay - 1 miles NNW
  6. Portmuck - 1.1 miles NE
  7. Whitehead - 3 miles SSE
  8. Ballygalley Bay - 3.4 miles NW
  9. Carrickfergus Harbour & Marina - 4.5 miles SSW
  10. Greenisland - 5.4 miles SSW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Mill Bay - 0.3 miles SE
  2. Magheramorne Point - 0.4 miles SSW
  3. Larne Harbour - 0.6 miles NW
  4. Brown’s Bay - 1 miles N
  5. Ferris Bay - 1 miles NNW
  6. Portmuck - 1.1 miles NE
  7. Whitehead - 3 miles SSE
  8. Ballygalley Bay - 3.4 miles NW
  9. Carrickfergus Harbour & Marina - 4.5 miles SSW
  10. Greenisland - 5.4 miles SSW
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How to get in?
Ballydowan with its small village ashore is situated within Lough Larne, just over a mile and a half to the southeast of Larne Harbour and off the western shore of Islandmagee.

Convergance Point Use the directions for Larne Harbour Click to view haven for approaches.

After entering the harbour continue south past Ballylumford Power Station and its pier, between the L-shaped ‘A’ wharf and No.7 buoy, and then along the western shore of Islandmagee. Here the eastern shore of the inner Lough is covered by a gravelly foreshore that dries up to 200 metres off. Outside of this, there is a 200 metres wide channel that carries 6 metres of water for half a mile. Close after the Larne Lough yellow buoy is passed to starboard it falls to 4 metres and then to about 2 metres abreast of Ballydowan.

Larne Lough - Buoy Yellow Fl.Y.5s position: 54° 49.901' N, 005° 46.481' W

Ballydowan is approximately a mile and a half from the main harbour and will be readily located by the local boats moored there.


Haven location Anchor 100 metres offshore in depths of 2 to 3 metres to the northwest of local boats. There is good holding here and very little tidal flow.
Please note

There is a wreck of a schooner within this anchorage and its masts no longer show at high water. It is marked on Admiralty 1237 and lies 100 metres off the shore approximately 250 metres southeast of the tip of Ballydowan.




Why visit here?
Ballydowan derives its name from the Gaelic Baile Uí Dhubháin. Baile means ‘town’ Uí Dhubháin of the family Dhubháin. The name is derived from the Gaelic word dubh meaning "black" with Dhubháin been anglicised to ‘Dowan’ and often in other places ‘Gowan’.

Ballydowan was originally a lime kiln and its disused remains are still visible ashore. Today it is a quiet out of the way village on the rural Islandmagee peninsula. Curiously, and in the relatively modern history of 1710 and 1711, arrests were made in the area that led to Ireland's last ever witch trial in Carrickfergus when eight women were convicted of witchcraft. They were sentenced to one year's imprisonment and were each to be pilloried four times.

From a sailing perspective, situated on the sparsely populated western shore of Islandmagee, this anchorage is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Larne. Anchored off behind the gentle gradients on Islandmagee’s western shore, on the sheltered waters of Larne Lough, it makes for the perfect hideaway.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at Ballydowan and little or nothing ashore apart from an old disused lime kiln. There is a village a mile inland towards the east coast which has a small shop and café.


Any security concerns?
Never a problem known to have occurred in Ballydowan.


With thanks to:
Terry Crawford, local boatman of many decades. Photography with thanks to Eric Jones, Albert Bridge and Robert Ashby.


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About Ballydowan

Ballydowan derives its name from the Gaelic Baile Uí Dhubháin. Baile means ‘town’ Uí Dhubháin of the family Dhubháin. The name is derived from the Gaelic word dubh meaning "black" with Dhubháin been anglicised to ‘Dowan’ and often in other places ‘Gowan’.

Ballydowan was originally a lime kiln and its disused remains are still visible ashore. Today it is a quiet out of the way village on the rural Islandmagee peninsula. Curiously, and in the relatively modern history of 1710 and 1711, arrests were made in the area that led to Ireland's last ever witch trial in Carrickfergus when eight women were convicted of witchcraft. They were sentenced to one year's imprisonment and were each to be pilloried four times.

From a sailing perspective, situated on the sparsely populated western shore of Islandmagee, this anchorage is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Larne. Anchored off behind the gentle gradients on Islandmagee’s western shore, on the sheltered waters of Larne Lough, it makes for the perfect hideaway.

Other options in this area


Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Alternatively here are the ten nearest havens available in picture view:
Coastal clockwise:
Larne Harbour - 0.6 miles NW
Ferris Bay - 1 miles NNW
Brown’s Bay - 1 miles N
Portmuck - 1.1 miles NE
Whitehead - 3 miles SSE
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Mill Bay - 0.3 miles SE
Magheramorne Point - 0.4 miles SSW
Ballygalley Bay - 3.4 miles NW
Glenarm Bay and Harbour - 6.6 miles NW
Carnlough Bay and Harbour - 7.8 miles NW

Navigational pictures


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