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Kilbaha Bay

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Kilbaha is situated on the west coast of Ireland in Co. Clare, immediately east of Loop Head, and the northern extremity of the Shannon estuary. It offers an anchorage near the drying pier of a small village, where vessels that can take to the ground may come alongside provided space is available.

Kilbaha is situated on the west coast of Ireland in Co. Clare, immediately east of Loop Head, and the northern extremity of the Shannon estuary. It offers an anchorage near the drying pier of a small village, where vessels that can take to the ground may come alongside provided space is available.

Kilbaha is a good anchorage in offshore winds from west to northeast. It is open to southerly component winds and especially so to south-easterly conditions that send a stiff short seaway into the bay. Drying boats may secure shelter from all quarters behind the pier if a berth is available. Attentive navigation is required for access as, although there are no off-lying obstacles, there are no lights or marks and the shoreline of the bay is fringed by sunken ledges. Hence a stranger should only approach in offshore winds with the benefit of good visibility.
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Lobster pots may be encountered in the inner part of the bay. Holding in the anchorage is not the best and it can be subject to swell and tidal eddies. Small lobster boats usually occupy the alongside berths and in unsettled weather, nearby Carrigaholt would be a better location.




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