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Teelin harbour is a picturesque inlet off the North Atlantic Ocean situated equidistance between Malin Beg Head 8 miles to the west and Killybegs 8 miles to the east, on the north coast of the approach to Donegal Bay on the northwest coast of Ireland. The small harbour affords a choice of anchorages with seasonal visitors moorings, as well as berths alongside the harbour pier if not already in use by the local fishermen.

The secure shelter inside the harbour is good, although it can be exposed to swell and also squalls in winds from the northwest. In all reasonable weather conditions the access is straightforward though care is required to avoid local boats and a daylight entry is advisable.
Please note

Care should be taken to avoid the mussel rafts in the bay.




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Keyfacts for Teelin
Facilities
Water available via tapTop up fuel available in the area via jerry cansMini-supermarket or supermarket availablePublic house or wine bar in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBerth alongside a deep water pier or raft up to other vesselsVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinitySet near a village or with a village 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
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.



Last modified
May 30th 2017

Summary

A good location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Water available via tapTop up fuel available in the area via jerry cansMini-supermarket or supermarket availablePublic house or wine bar in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBerth alongside a deep water pier or raft up to other vesselsVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinitySet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

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



Position and approaches
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Haven position

54° 37.486' N, 008° 37.879' W

this is the position of Teelin Harbour pierhead,

What is the initial fix?

The following Teelin initial fix will set up a final approach:
54° 37.190' N, 008° 37.532' W
This position is in the North Atlantic Ocean midway between Teelin Point and Dundawoona Point.



Not what you need?
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 Teelin for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. White Strand Bay - 3.4 miles WNW
  2. Malin Beg Bay - 3.6 miles WNW
  3. Killybegs - 4.1 miles E
  4. Glen Bay - 4.1 miles NW
  5. Rathlin O'Birne Island - 4.4 miles WNW
  6. Mullaghmore - 7.1 miles SE
  7. Inishmurray - 7.3 miles S
  8. Dawros Bay - 7.6 miles NNE
  9. Church Pool & Portnoo - 9.1 miles NNE
  10. Donegal Town Harbour - 9.2 miles E
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. White Strand Bay - 3.4 miles WNW
  2. Malin Beg Bay - 3.6 miles WNW
  3. Killybegs - 4.1 miles E
  4. Glen Bay - 4.1 miles NW
  5. Rathlin O'Birne Island - 4.4 miles WNW
  6. Mullaghmore - 7.1 miles SE
  7. Inishmurray - 7.3 miles S
  8. Dawros Bay - 7.6 miles NNE
  9. Church Pool & Portnoo - 9.1 miles NNE
  10. Donegal Town Harbour - 9.2 miles E
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How to get in?
Route location The 'Erris Head to Malin Head' coastal description provides approach information to the suggested initial fix. Vessels approaching from the south should select the northeast bound Route location sequenced description; vessels approaching from the north should select the southwest bound Route location sequence; western approaches may use either description.



Teelin, Irish : Teileann meaning Dish, has a narrow entrance to its harbour which is situated two miles east of Cabrigan Head between Teelin Point and Cladnageragh and has a navigable width of less than 200 metres which is not easily seen until fairly close, even in daylight. The picturesque natural harbour at Teelin has a 15 metre long deep water pier on the west coast of the bay. The deep water pier offers secure shelter in most conditions and has a depth of 3 metres for alongside berths, although it is often difficult to find a space there as local boats are often tied outside each other.

There is a reasonable anchorage just inside Teelin Point. It is suitable for a night stop but is exposed to south and southwest swell which is sometimes very heavy and it is also prone to severe squalls in winds from the northwest which come down off the mountain. Four seasonal visitor moorings are available at this location.

The village of Teelin, 0.5 mile further up the west shoreline from the harbour, also has a small quay that dries and has a boat launching slip. Care should also be taken to avoid the mussel rafts that are situated in the bay.



Why visit here?
Teelin is a small fishing port overlooked by the mountain Slieve League, and its picturesque deep harbour is well protected from the sea by the surrounding land masses on either side of the inlet leading into the harbour area.

Teelin was once an important port and is one of the first settlements shown on the earliest maps of Ireland. Today the village is still noted for its fishing but is better known for traditional fiddle music. The renowned folklore collector Sean O' hEochaidh, who was born there, claims that Teelin can be equally known as “Teelin of the Fish” or “Teelin of Tradition and Music”. Teelin's fishing harbour is small compared to its near neighbour Killybegs eight miles to the east, but as recently as 1900 it was the leading cod fishing port of Ireland. Teelin is a Gaeltacht, Irish speaking village and is one of the centres of learning for students of the Irish language.

Although lacking in amenities for the visiting sailor, Teelin is a popular passage anchorage being strategically placed as the first secure anchorage east of Glen Head, and is a convenient point of departure for crossing to Broadhaven or Erris Head. It does have some visitor moorings, a boat launching slipway, fresh water and possibly diesel available at the pierhead, and a small shop for limited fresh provisions together with the essential excellent pub at Teelin village half a mile up the road from the pier. The village of Carrick, Irish : An Charraig, 3 miles further up the road at the head of the inlet also has a good shop supplying fresh provisions.


What facilities are available?
There are limited facilities at this location, fresh water and possibly diesel are available at the pierhead, a boat launching slipway, a shop for provisions and a pub in Teelin village. There is a further shop for fresh provisions at the nearby village of Carrick, or for major restocking and other services best try Killybegs.


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The following videos may be useful to help first time visitors familiarise themselves with the Teelin area.

The following video presents a beautiful sunset in teelin harbour filmed from a yacht at anchor.




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Iain Miller wrote this review on Oct 19th 2017:

Along the coast towards Slieve League lives Sail Rock, http://uniqueascent.ie/sail_rock_guide

Average Rating: Unrated


Iain Miller wrote this review on Oct 19th 2017:

Along the coast towards Killybegs is Muckross Head, http://uniqueascent.ie/muckross_guide.

Average Rating: Unrated

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