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Dawros Bay

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Dawros Bay is a small inlet off the North Atlantic Ocean, part of the northern section of Loughros More Bay immediately to the east of Dawros Head situated between Dawros Head and Glenlough Point, on the west coast of Ireland. It offers a temporary anchorage for a short stay in pleasant surroundings, and affords the opportunity for a dinghy landing at the village pier of Rossbeg at the head of the bay.

The shelter in the bay is tolerable in offshore north or east winds, and the access is straightforward from the northwest, between Fish Holes and Roancarrick.
Please note

Care is required to avoid Roancarrick, an exposed rock surrounded by a reef which is situated between Inishbarrog Island and Fish Holes.




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Keyfacts for Dawros Bay
Facilities
Shop with basic provisions availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed

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
May 30th 2017

Summary

A tolerable location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Shop with basic provisions availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed



Position and approaches
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Haven position

54° 49.202' N, 008° 31.649' W

this is the position at the pierhead at Rossbeg.

What is the initial fix?

The following Dawros Bay initial fix will set up a final approach:
54° 47.981' N, 008° 33.553' W
this is the position in the North Atlantic Ocean at the entrance to Loughros Bay midway between Loughros Point and Inishbarrog Island.



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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 Dawros Bay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Church Pool & Portnoo - 2 miles ENE
  2. Rutland Harbour & Island - 6.3 miles NNE
  3. Burtonport - 6.3 miles NNE
  4. Arranmore Island - 6.3 miles N
  5. Glen Bay - 6.3 miles SW
  6. Killybegs - 7.1 miles SSE
  7. Teelin - 7.6 miles SSW
  8. White Strand Bay - 7.9 miles SW
  9. Malin Beg Bay - 8 miles SW
  10. Cruit Bay - 8.4 miles NNE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Church Pool & Portnoo - 2 miles ENE
  2. Rutland Harbour & Island - 6.3 miles NNE
  3. Burtonport - 6.3 miles NNE
  4. Arranmore Island - 6.3 miles N
  5. Glen Bay - 6.3 miles SW
  6. Killybegs - 7.1 miles SSE
  7. Teelin - 7.6 miles SSW
  8. White Strand Bay - 7.9 miles SW
  9. Malin Beg Bay - 8 miles SW
  10. Cruit Bay - 8.4 miles NNE
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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.

Dawros Bay is a southwest facing bay situated on the northern shore of the entrance to Loughros Bay and is immediately to the east of Dawros Head approximately 10 miles west of Glenties. Gweebarra Bay is about 6 miles to the north after rounding Dawros Head.

The access to the bay is straightforward and it can be entered from the west or the south between Fish Holes and Rossbeg Point, and although it is encumbered with rocks it affords a temporary anchorage for a short stay in calm seas and fine weather, and gives reasonable shelter with a north or east offshore wind.

Haven locationThe recommended berth near to the shore in a depth of 3 to 6 metres, is on the alignment of two 4 metre high posts located east of Fish Holes, but care must be taken to avoid Roancarrick an above water rock surrounded by a reef situated between Inishbarnog Island and Fish Holes.

Towards the head of the bay on the east shore is the village of Rossbeg which has a pier that dries at low water, but which at high water is too difficult for a stranger to approach, although it may be possible for a dinghy landing in suitable conditions.


Why visit here?
Dawros Bay and the village of Rossbeg is a popular place for holidaymakers, with many holiday homes and a caravan park in the district. One of the most popular events in the area takes place annually in June, this is the Rossbeg and Portnoo Seafood Festival and the fun weekend includes free seafood, an oyster opening competition, with many other attractions, and plenty of music and drinking ensuring a lively atmosphere. If you happen to be sailing in the area during that weekend be sure and stop off for a visit.

A new experience for visitors to the area is the Dolmen Eco Centre at Kilclooney just a mile south of Narin, which has interesting displays and information about the districts wildlife, ecology, archaeology, and geology, together with the necessary cafe and tourist information point. It may be more convenient to visit here when anchored in Church Pool or Portnoo.

A yacht having a shallow draft might visit neighbouring Portnacally, a delightful little inlet just to the west of Dawros Bay and before Dawros Head. In the holiday season this very small bay is much quieter than Dawros and is ideal for a lunch time stop before continuing on passage.

Rossbeg can be a bit crowded during the summer with holidaymakers, and has only limited facilities but does have a small provisions store, a Post Office, a hotel and a pub.


What facilities are available?
There are only limited facilities at Rossbeg and these include a small provisions store, a post office, a hotel and a pub.


With thanks to:
inyourfootsteps.com site research. Photography with thanks to A McCarron, Kenneth Allen, Joseph Mischyshyn and Gordon Hatton.


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