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Crummie's Bay

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Crummies Bay is a cove inlet, close north of Dunree Head on the eastern shore of Northern Ireland's Lough Swilly. It offers an anchorage in a scenic and rural setting.

The small bay offers an exposed anchorage, being shallow almost out to its entrance points, but is serviceable in conditions from north round through east to the south. However, in the case of the latter quadrant, it can be exposed to the swell which sometimes rolls up the Lough. Being unencumbered by outlying hazards it has straightforward access night and day, at all stages of the tide and in all reasonable conditions.
Please note

Ballymastocker Bay, a couple of miles westward, affords better shelter should conditions suddenly change.




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Keyfacts for Crummie's 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 tenderScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

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

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
3 stars: Tolerable; in suitable conditions a vessel may be left unwatched and an overnight stay.



Last modified
October 24th 2018

Summary

A tolerable 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 tenderScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

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



Position and approaches
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Haven position

55° 12.228' N, 007° 32.885' W

this is the position of the anchorage in the bay

What is the initial fix?

The following Lough Swilly Initial Fix will set up a final approach:
55° 17.800' N, 007° 35.030' W
This is an approach position for the lough that keeps a vessel clear of Fanad and Dunaff Heads where there can be some confused seas. It is also close south of the first waypoint of the Lough Swilly Route.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in northwestern Ireland’s coastal overview for Erris Head to Malin Head Route location. A set of waypoints to assist when running up lough can be found in the Lough Swilly route Route location.


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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 Crummie's Bay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Dunree Bay - 0.4 miles SSE
  2. Scraggy Bay - 1.3 miles SSW
  3. Lenan Bay - 1.4 miles NNE
  4. Portsalon - 1.5 miles W
  5. Macamish Bay - 2.5 miles SSE
  6. Pincher Bay - 3.1 miles NW
  7. Buncrana - 3.4 miles SSE
  8. Rathmullan - 4.1 miles S
  9. The Lough Swilly Marina - 4.6 miles SSE
  10. Mulroy Bay - 5.6 miles W
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Dunree Bay - 0.4 miles SSE
  2. Scraggy Bay - 1.3 miles SSW
  3. Lenan Bay - 1.4 miles NNE
  4. Portsalon - 1.5 miles W
  5. Macamish Bay - 2.5 miles SSE
  6. Pincher Bay - 3.1 miles NW
  7. Buncrana - 3.4 miles SSE
  8. Rathmullan - 4.1 miles S
  9. The Lough Swilly Marina - 4.6 miles SSE
  10. Mulroy Bay - 5.6 miles W
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How to get in?
Crummies Bay as seen from Dunree Fort
Image: Greg Clarke via CC BY-SA 2.00


Crummie Bay is entered to the north of Dunree Head and Illan Horadivna Rock and is almost completely surrounded by the mainland where the Owenerk River estuary gently discharges into the Lough splitting the beach in two. The cliffs on the mainland offer some protection from the east, but the bay is exposed to westerly winds and to the swell which rolls into the Lough which can make life uncomfortable when moored.

The head of the bay gently shelves from between the points of the entrance where the 5 metres contour resides.

Illan Horadivna Rock marking the bay's southern entrance point
Image: Michael Dibb via CC BY-SA 2.0


Convergance Point Approaches to the Lough Swilly can be found in northwestern Ireland’s coastal overview for Erris Head to Malin Head Route location. A set of waypoints to assist with the run up the lough as far as Fanad can be found in the Lough Swilly route Route location. The entire length of Lough Swilly is marked with various easily identified navigation lights along the main deepwater shipping channel. The fairway is about 3½ miles wide at its entrance from which it gradually narrows to a width of 2½ miles at Crumnie Bay opposite Ballymastocker Bay.


Dunree Beach
Image: Brian Deeney of Donegal Cottage Holidays


Haven location Anchor according to draft between the bay's entrance point according to wind and conditions in excellent sand holding. Land by dinghy on the beach.


Why visit here?
Anciently known as An Port Bán from the Irish an Phoirt Bháin meaning port of the white lea-ground, it has been called Crummies Bay since Napoleonic times. The beach at the head of the bay is also known as Dunree Beach.

Crummies Bay as seen from Dunree Fort at dusk
Image: Greg Clarke via CC BY-SA 2.00


Crummies Bay is a delightful little cove open to the west and nestled between Dunree Head and the Urris Hills with a deep white sandy beach that is perfect to land a dinghy upon. There are no facilities at this location and that is its joy, a lovely horseshoe shaped bay in its natural state with steep rocky hills at both sides, which most likely you will have all to yourself. Don't be surprised if you see rock climbers on the cliffs surrounding Crummie's Bay as this is one of the must-visit locations for this activity.

From a sailing perspective, the scenic little cove is ideal for a quiet and tranquil picnic on the beach, with an opportunity to explore further along the shoreline. It is ideal for a boat with a family to let loose and safely explore.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at this remote location.


With thanks to:
Graham Wilkinson.


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Crummies Bay, Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland
Image: eOceanic thanks Greg Clarke via CC BY-SA 2.00


Crummies Bay as seen with the Urris Hills and Dunree Head
Image: eOceanic thanks Greg Clarke via CC BY-SA 2.00

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