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Greatman's Bay

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Greatman's Bay is an inlet off the northern shore of Galway Bay, situated to the east of Gorumna Island and approximately 25 miles to the west of Galway itself, on the west coast of Ireland. The bay with its wild natural scenic beauty offers three main anchorages, one of which has seasonal moorings provided for visitors, and all have the opportunity to come alongside a village quay.

Greatman's Bay is an inlet off the northern shore of Galway Bay, situated to the east of Gorumna Island and approximately 25 miles to the west of Galway itself, on the west coast of Ireland. The bay with its wild natural scenic beauty offers three main anchorages, one of which has seasonal moorings provided for visitors, and all have the opportunity to come alongside a village quay.

The shelter and protection afforded by the bay is good in all reasonable weather and sea conditions, but the access is challenging and requires attentive navigation as the approach is encumbered by dangers, making a daylight entry preferable.
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The entrance has no lights and care needs to be taken not to confuse it with Cashla Bay.




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Last modified
May 30th 2017

Summary* Restrictions apply

A good location with attentive navigation required for access.

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


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

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierRestriction: height or air draft restrictions may apply



Position and approaches
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Haven position

53° 16.784' N, 009° 39.148' W

this is the position at the pierhead at Maumeen 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 Greatman's Bay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Sruthan Quay - 1.6 miles E
  2. Kiggaul Bay - 2 miles SW
  3. Rossaveal - 2.1 miles ESE
  4. Dinish & Furness Islands - 2.2 miles WSW
  5. Kilkieran Bay - 2.4 miles NW
  6. Kilronan - 6.1 miles S
  7. Bertraghboy Bay - 6.4 miles NW
  8. Inishmaan - 6.8 miles SSE
  9. Roundstone - 7.3 miles NW
  10. Gorteen Bay - 7.6 miles WNW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Sruthan Quay - 1.6 miles E
  2. Kiggaul Bay - 2 miles SW
  3. Rossaveal - 2.1 miles ESE
  4. Dinish & Furness Islands - 2.2 miles WSW
  5. Kilkieran Bay - 2.4 miles NW
  6. Kilronan - 6.1 miles S
  7. Bertraghboy Bay - 6.4 miles NW
  8. Inishmaan - 6.8 miles SSE
  9. Roundstone - 7.3 miles NW
  10. Gorteen Bay - 7.6 miles WNW
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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.

Greatman's Bay is quieter and less busy than Cashla Bay but the entrance has more dangers, and although the shelter is not as good it is a safe anchorage. Once inside the bay to the south of Dooleen Point Beaches, off the east shore which is foul, lie Rin Rocks and Chapel Rocks situated in mid channel which should be avoided.

There are three recognised anchorages in Greatman's Bay, off Maumeen Quay, off Natawy Quay and just below Bealadangan Bridge.


Why visit here?
The main anchorage, Maumeen Quay, is situated in the far north of Gorumna Island which is part of a series of islands linked to the south Connemara mainland by bridges. Gorumna Island is connected in the north by Carrickalegaun Bridge to the island of Lettermore which in turn is connected by the bridge at Illaunatraghia to Annaghvaan Island, and then to the mainland by the Bealadangan Bridge. The whole area can be described as wild, with natural scenic beauty, large seas and lakes, and wet and windy weather. Nevertheless there are many fine walking routes, unspoilt beaches, public quays and a whole lot of leisure and social activities to enjoy in the area. It is probably fair to say that the best way to explore the area is by boat.

The area is part of the Gaeltacht, Irish speaking, district of Connemara and Irish is used as the daily language. There is some confusion as to the Irish name for Greatman's Bay, the locals use Cuan an fhir mhoir but the correct one is Cuan Inbhir Mhoir which means 'the harbour of Invermore'.

On Gorumna Island there are the ruins of an early Christian Monastery which has to be one of the remotest and well hidden in Ireland. Tucked away under a rocky hill quite close to the sea and with a landscape so wild, you wonder what on earth the monks lived on apart from fish. Unfortunately there are no surviving records of which group of monks lived in the monastery or its name.

There is a further possible anchorage situated at the head of Greatman's Bay near the bridge over Bealadangan Pass. Just below Bealadangan Bridge there is a quay projecting from Annaghvaan Island where a vessel may lie alongside at half flood, and nearby there is a small shop that provides limited groceries and a pub where some food is available. Bealadangan Pass requires great care and local knowledge as it dries, but it is navigable after half flood for boats up to 1.5 metres draught. It leads through the fixed bridge, which has a vertical clearance of 2.4 metres into Camus Bay, and from there it is possible to explore the rest of the bays to the west including the innermost recesses of Kilkieran Bay.



What facilities are available?
At Maumeen Quay there is a grocery shop, and petrol can be obtained 1 mile away next to the Pub. A local bus service from the village connects to Galway city.

There are no facilities at Natawny.

At Bealadangan there is a small grocery shop and a pub.


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About Greatman's Bay

The main anchorage, Maumeen Quay, is situated in the far north of Gorumna Island which is part of a series of islands linked to the south Connemara mainland by bridges. Gorumna Island is connected in the north by Carrickalegaun Bridge to the island of Lettermore which in turn is connected by the bridge at Illaunatraghia to Annaghvaan Island, and then to the mainland by the Bealadangan Bridge. The whole area can be described as wild, with natural scenic beauty, large seas and lakes, and wet and windy weather. Nevertheless there are many fine walking routes, unspoilt beaches, public quays and a whole lot of leisure and social activities to enjoy in the area. It is probably fair to say that the best way to explore the area is by boat.

The area is part of the Gaeltacht, Irish speaking, district of Connemara and Irish is used as the daily language. There is some confusion as to the Irish name for Greatman's Bay, the locals use Cuan an fhir mhoir but the correct one is Cuan Inbhir Mhoir which means 'the harbour of Invermore'.

On Gorumna Island there are the ruins of an early Christian Monastery which has to be one of the remotest and well hidden in Ireland. Tucked away under a rocky hill quite close to the sea and with a landscape so wild, you wonder what on earth the monks lived on apart from fish. Unfortunately there are no surviving records of which group of monks lived in the monastery or its name.

There is a further possible anchorage situated at the head of Greatman's Bay near the bridge over Bealadangan Pass. Just below Bealadangan Bridge there is a quay projecting from Annaghvaan Island where a vessel may lie alongside at half flood, and nearby there is a small shop that provides limited groceries and a pub where some food is available. Bealadangan Pass requires great care and local knowledge as it dries, but it is navigable after half flood for boats up to 1.5 metres draught. It leads through the fixed bridge, which has a vertical clearance of 2.4 metres into Camus Bay, and from there it is possible to explore the rest of the bays to the west including the innermost recesses of Kilkieran Bay.


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:
Kiggaul Bay - 2 miles SW
Dinish & Furness Islands - 2.2 miles WSW
Kilkieran Bay - 2.4 miles NW
Bertraghboy Bay - 6.4 miles NW
Roundstone - 7.3 miles NW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Sruthan Quay - 1.6 miles E
Rossaveal - 2.1 miles ESE
Spiddle - 7.9 miles E
Galway Docks - 13.5 miles E
South Bay & Rincarna Bay - 15.5 miles E





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