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Blacksod Bay

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Blacksod Bay lies to the north of Achill Island and to the east of the southern part of the Mullet peninsula, in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. It's anchorage affords excellent shelter, even from westerly gales and can be entered at any time of the day and in any weather. An excellent, safe haven.


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Last modified
October 11th 2018

Summary

A good location with safe access.

Facilities
Water available via tapTop up fuel available in the area via jerry cansMini-supermarket or supermarket availableSlipway availableShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaDoctor or hospital in the areaPharmacy in the areaBus service available in the areaTourist Information office available


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinitySet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: fish farming activity in the vicinity of this location



Position and approaches
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Haven position

54° 5.980' N, 010° 3.516' W

This is the position at Blacksod pier

What is the initial fix?

The following Blacksod Bay initial fix will set up a final approach:
54° 2.662' N, 010° 10.659' W
Midway between Duvillaun Island and Saddle Head



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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 Blacksod Bay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Inishkea Island South - 3.2 miles WNW
  2. Keel Bay - 5.1 miles S
  3. Frenchport (Portnafrankagh) - 5.3 miles N
  4. Keem Bay - 5.7 miles SSW
  5. Broadhaven Bay - 6.8 miles NNE
  6. Ross Port - 8.8 miles NE
  7. Portacloy Bay - 10.6 miles NE
  8. Porturlin Bay - 11.2 miles NE
  9. Clare Island - 11.4 miles SSE
  10. Rabbit Island - 13.1 miles SE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Inishkea Island South - 3.2 miles WNW
  2. Keel Bay - 5.1 miles S
  3. Frenchport (Portnafrankagh) - 5.3 miles N
  4. Keem Bay - 5.7 miles SSW
  5. Broadhaven Bay - 6.8 miles NNE
  6. Ross Port - 8.8 miles NE
  7. Portacloy Bay - 10.6 miles NE
  8. Porturlin Bay - 11.2 miles NE
  9. Clare Island - 11.4 miles SSE
  10. Rabbit Island - 13.1 miles SE
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How to get in?
Blacksod Pier situated in the Southern end of the Mullet Peninsula
Image: Alison Crummy


Blacksod Bay is situated on the west coast of Ireland in County Mayo about 40 miles west of Ballina. It opens on to the Atlantic Ocean at its southern end and is bounded on its western side by the Mullet Peninsula and on its eastern side by the main coastline of County Mayo. Blacksod Bay is a large open bay about 9 miles long and 3 miles wide and is surrounded by low lying land and sand hills and dunes. There are many smaller bays off the main bay and it is always possible to choose a suitable bay in any wind direction.

Once inside the bay, the tide is weak and the bay is free of dangers, and the many secure anchorages offer good shelter and straightforward access by day or night in all weathers. One of the more popular achorages is northwest of Blacksod Point between Blacksod Quay and Doobeg Point where some visitors moorings are available. The quay itself dries and is foul alongside, and the immediate area is shallow with poor holding. One of the most sheltered anchorages is Elly Bay, a small bay on the northwest coast of Blacksod Bay between Ardelly Point and Bunnaclassy Point, which has six seasonal visitors moorings available on the west side of Elly harbour but which are subject to swell in southerly winds.

Consideration should be given to the possibilty of fish farms which may be positioned in Blacksod Bay.


Why visit here?
Blacksod Bay, Irish :Cuan an Fhoid Duith, is often described as one of the finest bays on the west coast of Ireland. The bay extends southwards from Belmullet (Beal an Mhuirthead) at its northern end down to Blacksod (an Fod Dubh) and Doonhoma (Dumha Thuama) in the south.

The interior of the bay includes many little sheltered coves such as Elly Bay and Saleen Bay on its western shore, Trawmore Bay to the north, and Tullaghan Bay to the east. Of these Elly Bay is the most sheltered anchorage although Elly Harbour is more liable to swell than the bay, a popular tourist spot for watersports enthusiasts it is also the location of Coalaiste Uise Adventure Centre which teaches watersports and other sports to schoolchildren through the medium of the Irish Language. For visiting yachts the friendly staff at the Centre can provide water, toilets and showers, and general support. Saleen Bay is the easiest place to land and as the main road is just beside the pier and inner harbour, the short 3 mile journey to the town of Belmullet is convenient for restocking of provisions.

Although normally quiet and peaceful the area becomes busier in the summer with tourists enjoying the beautiful beaches which stretch for miles, sea fishermen, anglers fishing for salmon and trout, watersports enthusiasts, and walkers who prefer to explore the remote uninhabited islands via the boats that leave Blacksod Harbour for trips to Duvillaun Island, the Inishkea Islands, and Inishgora Island which lie off the northwest coast of Co. Mayo.

At the southern end of the Mullet Peninsula is Blacksod Lighthouse, built in 1864 by Bryan Carey one of Belmullet's leading merchants at that time. The lighthouse is made of local granite blocks believed to have come from Termon Hill, an isolated outcrop of high quality granite. The lighthouse is an unusual design being a square block building with only a small conical lantern on top of it, and although easily accessible standing beside Blacksod Pier it is not open to the public. It also has a helicopter port which services this coastline.

Belmullet in the Barony of Erris is the largest town of the Mullet Peninsula, and is the commercial heart of this area of Co. Mayo. It offers the visiting yachtsman an opportunity to restock with provisions as it has many shops including butchers and supermarkets, hotels restaurants and pubs, a bank and post office, medical services, garages, and a local bus service. The quay which is on the Blacksod side of the town dries, and as access is narrow, tortuous and shallow it is not recommended that yachts go in there. In the 18C Sir Arthur Shaen had a canal excavated which linked Blacksod Bay to Broadhaven Bay passing through Belmullet. Thereafter known as Shaen's Cut the canal was large enough for small boats to pass through, but owing to little development and lack of traffic the canal became choked up and by 1752 it was impassible and today is little more than a stream which dries.

Blacksod Bay is an ideal place to drop into in bed weather with its good access and shelter. In general facilities are a bit limited but Belmullet has most of the necessary services that a visiting yachtsman requires.


What facilities are available?
Blacksod Bay has limited facilities, but Bellmullet which serves a population of about 1,000, has most of the necessary services that a visiting yachtsman requires.


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The following videos may be useful to help first time visitors familiarise themselves with the Belmullet peninsula.

The following video presents an aerial view of Blacksod Bay.



About Blacksod Bay

Blacksod Bay, Irish :Cuan an Fhoid Duith, is often described as one of the finest bays on the west coast of Ireland. The bay extends southwards from Belmullet (Beal an Mhuirthead) at its northern end down to Blacksod (an Fod Dubh) and Doonhoma (Dumha Thuama) in the south.

The interior of the bay includes many little sheltered coves such as Elly Bay and Saleen Bay on its western shore, Trawmore Bay to the north, and Tullaghan Bay to the east. Of these Elly Bay is the most sheltered anchorage although Elly Harbour is more liable to swell than the bay, a popular tourist spot for watersports enthusiasts it is also the location of Coalaiste Uise Adventure Centre which teaches watersports and other sports to schoolchildren through the medium of the Irish Language. For visiting yachts the friendly staff at the Centre can provide water, toilets and showers, and general support. Saleen Bay is the easiest place to land and as the main road is just beside the pier and inner harbour, the short 3 mile journey to the town of Belmullet is convenient for restocking of provisions.

Although normally quiet and peaceful the area becomes busier in the summer with tourists enjoying the beautiful beaches which stretch for miles, sea fishermen, anglers fishing for salmon and trout, watersports enthusiasts, and walkers who prefer to explore the remote uninhabited islands via the boats that leave Blacksod Harbour for trips to Duvillaun Island, the Inishkea Islands, and Inishgora Island which lie off the northwest coast of Co. Mayo.

At the southern end of the Mullet Peninsula is Blacksod Lighthouse, built in 1864 by Bryan Carey one of Belmullet's leading merchants at that time. The lighthouse is made of local granite blocks believed to have come from Termon Hill, an isolated outcrop of high quality granite. The lighthouse is an unusual design being a square block building with only a small conical lantern on top of it, and although easily accessible standing beside Blacksod Pier it is not open to the public. It also has a helicopter port which services this coastline.

Belmullet in the Barony of Erris is the largest town of the Mullet Peninsula, and is the commercial heart of this area of Co. Mayo. It offers the visiting yachtsman an opportunity to restock with provisions as it has many shops including butchers and supermarkets, hotels restaurants and pubs, a bank and post office, medical services, garages, and a local bus service. The quay which is on the Blacksod side of the town dries, and as access is narrow, tortuous and shallow it is not recommended that yachts go in there. In the 18C Sir Arthur Shaen had a canal excavated which linked Blacksod Bay to Broadhaven Bay passing through Belmullet. Thereafter known as Shaen's Cut the canal was large enough for small boats to pass through, but owing to little development and lack of traffic the canal became choked up and by 1752 it was impassible and today is little more than a stream which dries.

Blacksod Bay is an ideal place to drop into in bed weather with its good access and shelter. In general facilities are a bit limited but Belmullet has most of the necessary services that a visiting yachtsman requires.

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:
Inishkea Island South - 3.2 miles WNW
Frenchport (Portnafrankagh) - 5.3 miles N
Broadhaven Bay - 6.8 miles NNE
Ross Port - 8.8 miles NE
Portacloy Bay - 10.6 miles NE
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Keem Bay - 5.7 miles SSW
Keel Bay - 5.1 miles S
Rabbit Island - 13.1 miles SE
Westport - 15.6 miles SE
Rosmoney (Collan More Harbour) - 13.9 miles SE

Navigational pictures


These additional images feature in the 'How to get in' section of our detailed view for Blacksod Bay.






The following videos may be useful to help first time visitors familiarise themselves with the Belmullet peninsula.

The following video presents an aerial view of Blacksod Bay.




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