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Tremone Bay

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Tremone Bay is situated on the north coast of Ireland on the Inishowen Peninsula between Malin Head and Inishowen Head. It is a beautiful secluded location in which to anchor with boat landings on to its beach.

The bay offers a tolerable anchorage that affords good shelter and protection from winds from the southwest through south to southeast. Daylight access is straightforward at all states of the tide as there are no outlying dangers in the area.
Please note

Although out of the main run there is a tidal stream within Tremone Bay and a boat can be tide-rode and sometimes subject to an uncomfortable roll.




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Keyfacts for Tremone Bay
Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPleasant family beach in the area


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 waterScenic 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
3 metres (9.84 feet).

Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.



Last modified
April 30th 2018

Summary

A good location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPleasant family beach in the area


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 waterScenic 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

55° 16.412' N, 007° 4.140' W

This is the anchorage location off the beach.

What is the initial fix?

The following Tremone Bay Initial Fix will set up a final approach:
55° 16.930' N, 007° 4.100' W
It is half a mile out and approximately half way between Rubonid Point and Ballymagaraghy Point. A bearing of 180° T due south for a distance of half a mile from the initial fix will lead into the anchoring area.


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.

  • A berth of 300 metres from the shore clears all dangers

  • The Lough Foyle approaches, detailed in the Foyle Port Marina (Derry City) Click to view haven entry, provides general approaches to the area.

  • Approach the centre of the bay from the north.



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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 Tremone Bay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Kinnagoe Bay - 1.4 miles ESE
  2. Culdaff Bay - 2 miles WNW
  3. Portkill - 3.2 miles ESE
  4. Greencastle - 3.2 miles SSE
  5. Moville - 3.3 miles S
  6. Silver Strand - 3.4 miles SE
  7. Cornashamma Bay - 3.4 miles SE
  8. Portnocker - 3.4 miles ESE
  9. Carrickarory Pier - 3.4 miles S
  10. White Bay - 3.5 miles ESE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Kinnagoe Bay - 1.4 miles ESE
  2. Culdaff Bay - 2 miles WNW
  3. Portkill - 3.2 miles ESE
  4. Greencastle - 3.2 miles SSE
  5. Moville - 3.3 miles S
  6. Silver Strand - 3.4 miles SE
  7. Cornashamma Bay - 3.4 miles SE
  8. Portnocker - 3.4 miles ESE
  9. Carrickarory Pier - 3.4 miles S
  10. White Bay - 3.5 miles ESE
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How to get in?


Tremone Bay is a mile wide recess on the moderately high northern Inishowen Peninsula. The bay is entered between Rubonid Point and Ballymagaraghy Point and it offers a remote and secluded anchorage. Situated just over six miles northwest of Inishowen Head, alongside the entrance channel to Lough Foyle, general approaches to the area are detailed in the Foyle Port Marina (Derry City) Click to view haven entry.


Initial fix location The Tremone Bay Initial fix is situated half a mile out on the 20-metre contour midway between the two points that form the bay. A bearing of 180° T or due south will lead in from the initial fix. The bay is free from outlying obstructions.


Haven location Anchor according to draft in a location that makes the best of the prevailing conditions. Holding is very good in sand but there are occasional rocks. Land on the beach by tender.


Why visit here?
Tremone Bay’s Irish name is ‘Cuan Trá Món’ meaning cuan, ‘bay, harbour, recess’ of the trá strand or beach of ‘Món’. However locals contend that it has always been pronounced [thur-mone ]. In this case the word tuar is derived from the Gaelic word for a ‘green or field’ and the mone part is from the word moin meaning turf, so ‘the green surrounded by the bog’.

Whichever the case Tremone Bay is yet another beautiful anchorage on the shores of the magnificent Inishowen peninsula that is said to be one of the most scenic parts of Ireland. The rugged Inishowen peninsula coastline hosts many beautiful bays and is reported to be the oldest land mass in the country. It pre-dates the formation of the island by centuries, and with an overall land area of 884.33 square kilometres, it is also Ireland’s largest peninsula. Indeed, bounded to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, to the east by Lough Foyle, and to the west by Lough Swilly, it is surrounded on three sides by an ocean and is often described as ‘Ireland in miniature’.

The Inishowen name reflects this being derived from the Irish, Inis-Eoghain or the ‘Island’ of Eoghan. Eógan mac Néill was the son of High King of Ireland ‘Niall Naoigeallach’, renowned in Celtic legend as ‘Niall of the Nine Hostages’. It became the ancient homeland of the tribe that descended from Eógan and hence the name. Interestingly the Eógan name also forms the basis for County Tyrone. It is also derived from the Irish ‘Tír- Eógan’ or the ‘county’ of Eógan.

In the past Tremone Bay was the location of the Lough Foyle Pilot Station, but today there is nothing there except for the bay's beautiful beach and an access road. Those who choose to come ashore can walk up the road to the picturesque village of Carrowmenagh. Its name is derived from the Irish Cheathrú Meánach meaning ‘middle quarter’. It has several thatched houses over 200 years old, a lime-kiln, plus an old forge stone that was used for making iron hoops for carts.

For the boatman Tremone, along with nearby Kinnagoe Bay, offers another convenient and beautiful passage anchorage on this magnificent peninsula. It is perhaps best suited for a day visit, lunch stop or tide wait location. For those looking for a longer stay, or to wait for a favourable weather-window to round Malin Head, nearby Culdaff Bay would be the better option. It is better protected from wind and tide and has a good landing place at Bunnagee Pier with supplies nearby.


What facilities are available?
Tremone Bay is a secluded and remote bay with no facilities ashore except for an access road. There is a small village, Carrowmenagh, 1km up the road from the beach. The village has a post office, shop and a pub.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored in Tremone Bay.


With thanks to:
Bill McCann, Londonderry Harbour Master. Photography with thanks to Kenneth Allen, and Joyce and Mervyn Norris of Trean House Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast.


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