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Belderg bay, or Belderrig, is about midway between Benwee Head and Downpatrick Head on the northwest coast of Ireland. It is a tolerable anchorage in off-shore winds and moderate weather. The holding ground is good but there is generally a heavy swell rolling in, and like all bays in the close vicinity of high land, it is subject to violent gusts with off-shore winds.

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About Belderg Harbour

Belderg is a beautiful sprawling rural coastal area located in a region rich in historical and archeological heritage. The scattered village of Belderg is situated about 1.5 miles inland south of the harbour, and in the immediate proximity to the village are the Belderg Cliffs which contain some of the most spectacular coastal geology in Ireland, and from here on a clear day there are fine views as far as The Stags of Broad Haven in the west, and the Sligo coastline and the cliffs at Killybegs in the east.

Three miles east of Belderg there is a conspicuous pyramid shaped building situated near to the edge of the cliffs. This is the Ceide Fields Visitor Centre, set in the largest Stone Age site and the oldest known field system in the world. Covering several square miles the Ceide Fields are over five thousand years old, and lay buried beneath the peat until a generation ago. In the 1930's whilst cutting turf the local schoolmaster Patrick Caulfield had noticed that there were stones beneath the ground laid in patterns that could only have been man made. Years later his son Prof. Seamus Caulfield an archeologist discovered evidence of cultivated fields, houses and tombs and what is now known as Ceide Fields. The Visitor Centre at Ceide Fields, pronounced Kayd – je, is well worth a visit but a little awkward to access for cruising sailors, although Belderg within 4 miles of the site is a practicable anchorage if the weather is settled.

Horse Island on the west of the entrance to Belderg covers an area of ten acres and is joined to the mainland by a short narrow causeway. It is a secluded location that is very popular with bird watchers.

The essence of the Belderg landscape was captured by Seamus Heaney in a poem accompanying a thank you letter to Patrick Caulfield's house in 1974 shortly after he made a visit. Seamus Heaney is a famous Irish poet and playwright, and was the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Other than the pier and slipway that are used by the local fishermen Belderg has no amenities except for the village pub, a 1.5 mile walk from the harbour.

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Coastal clockwise:
Kilcummin - 7.6 miles E
Killala Bay - 8.1 miles ESE
Aughris Hole - 17.4 miles E
Ballysadare Bay - 21 miles E
Sligo - 23.3 miles E
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Porturlin Bay - 3.5 miles W
Portacloy Bay - 5.1 miles W
Ross Port - 5.6 miles W
Broadhaven Bay - 7.7 miles WSW
Frenchport (Portnafrankagh) - 11.8 miles WSW

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