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Killary Harbour

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Killary Bay lies halfway between Aughrus Point and Roonah Head, on the west coast of Ireland. It is a deeply indented fissure which is 7 miles long and has numerous mussel farming lines throughout the bay. The surrounding landscape has several mountains, Mweelrea being the highest, making a spectacular back drop. However these hills make for unpredictable wind patterns and if the wind is from the west the mountains can have a funnelling effect.

Killary Bay lies halfway between Aughrus Point and Roonah Head, on the west coast of Ireland. It is a deeply indented fissure which is 7 miles long and has numerous mussel farming lines throughout the bay. The surrounding landscape has several mountains, Mweelrea being the highest, making a spectacular back drop. However these hills make for unpredictable wind patterns and if the wind is from the west the mountains can have a funnelling effect.

Killary Harbour offers good protection in all but a westerly conditions and has straightforward access with a buoyed, lit channel.



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Last modified
May 30th 2017

Summary

A good location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Water available via tapPetrol available alongsideMini-supermarket or supermarket availableSlipway availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaPost Office in the area


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

53° 35.867' N, 009° 41.752' W

This is the position at the head of the bay approach to Leenaun

What is the initial fix?

The following Killary Harbour initial fix will set up a final approach:
53° 38.251' N, 009° 57.873' W
in the Atlantic Ocean midway between Rinvyle Point and Tonakeera Point



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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 Killary Harbour for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Little Killary Bay (Salrock) - 3.4 miles W
  2. Ballynakill Harbour - 6.4 miles W
  3. Bertraghboy Bay - 7.4 miles SSW
  4. Westport - 8.2 miles NNE
  5. Clifden - 8.5 miles WSW
  6. Rosmoney (Collan More Harbour) - 8.7 miles N
  7. Roundstone - 8.9 miles SSW
  8. Clifden Boat Club - 9 miles WSW
  9. Cleggan Bay - 9.3 miles W
  10. Clare Island - 9.4 miles NW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Little Killary Bay (Salrock) - 3.4 miles W
  2. Ballynakill Harbour - 6.4 miles W
  3. Bertraghboy Bay - 7.4 miles SSW
  4. Westport - 8.2 miles NNE
  5. Clifden - 8.5 miles WSW
  6. Rosmoney (Collan More Harbour) - 8.7 miles N
  7. Roundstone - 8.9 miles SSW
  8. Clifden Boat Club - 9 miles WSW
  9. Cleggan Bay - 9.3 miles W
  10. Clare Island - 9.4 miles NW
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How to get in?
Route location The 'Slyne Head to Erris 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.

Killary Harbour is on the west coast of Ireland on the border of Counties Galway and Mayo about 40 miles northwest of Galway.

It is a deep and narrow inlet off the Atlantic Ocean approx. 8 miles long between high mountains which descend in rugged precipices down to the shore. With its magnificent dramatic scenery it has been likened to a miniature fjord though a good deal shallower. The northwest facing entrance channel to the harbour is between Inishbarna islet to the south and Dooneen islet to the north, and the shores of the harbour are steep-to and fringed by a bank of rocks and stones. The Rosroe peninsular separates Killary Harbour from its near neighbour Little Killary Bay.

Access is staightforward and once inside the harbour the anchorages offer good shelter although you have to travel 3 miles up the inlet for shallow enough water to drop anchor. The most popular anchorages are at Gubbadanbo on the south shore which has a small quay which dries, off Dernasliggaun where landing can be made at a private slip with prior permission, off Bundorragha on the north shore where there is a small quay at the village, and at the head of the inlet at Leenaun where there are 8 seasonal visitors moorings which lie off the quay that dries, and there is a slip at the side of the quay suitable for a dinghy landing.

Consideration should be given to the extensive fish farms in the area; and in unsettled weather any westerly winds funnel up the inlet which can make for uncomfortable berthing at the usual anchorages.


Why visit here?
Killary Harbour, Irish : An Caolaire Rua, in the heart of Connemara forms a natural border between the counties of Galway and Mayo and is best known as Irelands only glacial fjord, though some also include Lough Swilly and Carlingford Lough in that description. On its northern shore lie the mountains of Mweelrea, Connaughts highest mountain at over 800 metres, and to the south rise the Maumturk mountains and the Twelve Bens. The scenery is spectacular, awe inspiring and dramatic, and although peaceful and tranquil it attracts many visitors to the area.

The major occupation of the area is fish farming and the harbour has many sites of salmon nets and mussel cages, whose positions are only approximately charted and are often moved without notice. There are two minor settlements within the harbour, on the southern side near the mouth of the fjord lies the hamlet of Rosroe, whilst the larger village of Leenaun lies at the head of the inlet. Facilities are limited though Leenaun does have water, petrol, a small shop, Post Office, a bar and a hotel.

If its stunning scenery that attracts you then Killary Harbour is a location not to miss and with its good shelter it makes a wonderful place to drop into.


With thanks to:
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The following videos may be useful to help first time visitors familiarise themselves with the area around Killary Bay.


The following video presents a panoramic view of the fjord, there is a lot of wind noise.



About Killary Harbour

Killary Harbour, Irish : An Caolaire Rua, in the heart of Connemara forms a natural border between the counties of Galway and Mayo and is best known as Irelands only glacial fjord, though some also include Lough Swilly and Carlingford Lough in that description. On its northern shore lie the mountains of Mweelrea, Connaughts highest mountain at over 800 metres, and to the south rise the Maumturk mountains and the Twelve Bens. The scenery is spectacular, awe inspiring and dramatic, and although peaceful and tranquil it attracts many visitors to the area.

The major occupation of the area is fish farming and the harbour has many sites of salmon nets and mussel cages, whose positions are only approximately charted and are often moved without notice. There are two minor settlements within the harbour, on the southern side near the mouth of the fjord lies the hamlet of Rosroe, whilst the larger village of Leenaun lies at the head of the inlet. Facilities are limited though Leenaun does have water, petrol, a small shop, Post Office, a bar and a hotel.

If its stunning scenery that attracts you then Killary Harbour is a location not to miss and with its good shelter it makes a wonderful place to drop into.

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:
Inishturk - 9.6 miles WNW
Clare Island - 9.4 miles NW
Rosmoney (Collan More Harbour) - 8.7 miles N
Westport - 8.2 miles NNE
Rabbit Island - 10.7 miles NNE
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Little Killary Bay (Salrock) - 3.4 miles W
Ballynakill Harbour - 6.4 miles W
Inishbofin - 11.3 miles W
Cleggan Bay - 9.3 miles W
Clifden Boat Club - 9 miles WSW




The following videos may be useful to help first time visitors familiarise themselves with the area around Killary Bay.


The following video presents a panoramic view of the fjord, there is a lot of wind noise.




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