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Sruthan Quay

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Sruthan Quay is located on the west side of Cashla Bay on the northern shore of Galway Bay about 22 miles west of Galway itself, on the west coast of Ireland. There is a good anchorage off the quay where some visitors moorings have been allocated, and there is also the opportunity to come alongside the quay although it dries at low water.

The anchorage affords good shelter and protection in most conditions though sometimes it can be subject to swell, and the access is straightforward in all reasonable weather and seas.The small quay is used by the local Galway hookers, a distinctive form of native Irish boat, and is today the single most important centre for this type of boat.
Please note

The anchorage can be rough in south or southeast gales. If coming alongside take care to avoid the little stone pillars built to support the outer bilge at each hookers berth.




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Keyfacts for Sruthan Quay
Facilities
Water available via tapTop up fuel available in the area via jerry cansShop with basic provisions availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaPost Office in the areaBus service available in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementNavigation lights to support a night approachSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pier

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
2 metres (6.56 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
May 30th 2017

Summary* Restrictions apply

A good location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Water available via tapTop up fuel available in the area via jerry cansShop with basic provisions availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaPost Office in the areaBus service available in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementNavigation lights to support a night approachSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pier



Position and approaches
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Haven position

53° 16.258' N, 009° 34.833' W

this is the position at the head of the quay.

What is the initial fix?

The following Rossaveal initial fix will set up a final approach:
53° 11.515' N, 009° 46.722' W
This is the position in the North Sound of Galway Bay midway between Inishmore (Aran Islands) to the south, and Golam Head (Lettermullen Island) off the mainland to 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 Sruthan Quay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Rossaveal - 0.5 miles ESE
  2. Greatman's Bay - 1.6 miles WNW
  3. Kiggaul Bay - 3.2 miles WSW
  4. Dinish & Furness Islands - 3.8 miles W
  5. Kilkieran Bay - 3.9 miles WNW
  6. Kilronan - 6.1 miles SSW
  7. Spiddle - 6.2 miles E
  8. Inishmaan - 6.3 miles S
  9. Inisheer - 7.7 miles S
  10. Bertraghboy Bay - 7.7 miles NW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Rossaveal - 0.5 miles ESE
  2. Greatman's Bay - 1.6 miles WNW
  3. Kiggaul Bay - 3.2 miles WSW
  4. Dinish & Furness Islands - 3.8 miles W
  5. Kilkieran Bay - 3.9 miles WNW
  6. Kilronan - 6.1 miles SSW
  7. Spiddle - 6.2 miles E
  8. Inishmaan - 6.3 miles S
  9. Inisheer - 7.7 miles S
  10. Bertraghboy Bay - 7.7 miles NW
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How to get in?
Route location The 'Loop Head to Slyne 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.

There is a good anchorage approx. 100 metres off the quay in about 2.5 metres depth, which is sometimes subject to swell even in calm weather and it can be rough in south or southeast gales. Although this anchorage is fairly full of moorings, 8 of them have been allocated for visitors.

Heading in a north northeast direction Cashla Bay is a 2.75 mile long inlet situated on the north shore at the mouth of Galway Bay about 14 miles west of Galway city. The 1.25 mile wide entrance is between Cashla Point on the east bank and Killeen Point on the west.

Cashla Bay is one of the most sheltered anchorages on this part of the coast with easy access in most conditions and it has the added advantage of being lit with two fixed lights and a number of lit and unlit buoys making a day or night entry possible.

It should be noted however that Cashla Bay contains the port for the ferries to the Arran islands and with tourist activity plus many fishing vessels it is normally very busy and noisy. If seclusion and scenery are sought after, the neighbouring Greatman's Bay may be preferred although it lacks facilities.


Why visit here?
Sruthan Quay and anchorage is used as a quieter and less busy mooring than Rossaveal, being completely out of the way of the ferries. The quay is opposite the small hamlet of Glashnacally, but for facilities the villages of Carraroe 0.75 mile to the southwest and Costelloe 1.5 miles to the northeast are within easy reach.

Infamous in this area the Galway Hooker used to be the primary method of transport between the Aran Islands and the mainland. Nowadays they are mainly heritage vessels built and maintained by enthusiasts who race them at numerous regattas along the Connemara coast. Carraroe hosts the west of Ireland's premier maritime festival, Feile an Doilin, which takes place annually during August bank holiday weekend and which revolves around the ancient and beautiful Galway hooker boats. From Paraid na bhTathach, Parade of the Giant, to the Parade of Sail, and with lectures on martime history and boat making exhibitions, the Festival is not to be missed if visiting this area, and in the evenings the pubs and bars come alive with local Irish music and dancing.

Carraroe, Irish : An Cheathru Rua, is a village within the Irish speaking, Gaeltacht, region of Connemara where Irish is the main spoken language of the district, and the settlement is the most populous Irish speaking village in the Connemara Gaeltacht. There are two summer schools which teach the Irish language to English speaking secondary school students from all over Ireland who usually stay for two or three weeks with local families. Carraroe is also a centre for the Irish language media, the main national Irish language newspaper Foinse has its head office in the village, the Irish language radio station RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta is based in nearby Costelloe, and the Irish language TV station TG4 is at nearby Baile na hAbhann.


What facilities are available?
There are limited facilities at Sruthan Quay but fresh water is available, with a petrol station and a shop close by. At nearby Carraroe and Costelloe there are further grocery shops, post offices, and pubs and hotels.
A local bus service connects Carraroe to Galway city approx. 25 miles away.


With thanks to:
inyourfootsteps.com site research.


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The following video presents a Galway Hooker called "American Mor", the Big Anerican.







The following video presents a Galway Hooker called "American Mor", the Big Anerican.




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PETER CRAVEN wrote this review on Sep 19th 2018:

This haven is a stone's throw from Rossaveal marina but is of course free. There are visitor moorings available. While sheltered and apparently well inland the haven can become a bit rocky from the swell coming up from the south

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