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Tramore Bay

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Tramore Bay is a crescent shaped open bay off the North Atlantic Ocean on the north coast of Ireland between Dooros Point and Ringboy Point. It offers an anchorage off a remote secluded bay in a scenic location, with the option of a beach landing.

The anchorage gives tolerable shelter in offshore winds, and the access is straightforward except in the outer bay which has an off lying dangerous rock.



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Keyfacts for Tramore Bay
Facilities
Pleasant family beach in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
5 metres (16.4 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
Pleasant family beach in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed



Position and approaches
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Haven position

55° 11.024' N, 008° 1.932' W

this is the position at the anchorage in Tramore Bay.

What is the initial fix?

The following Tramore Bay initial fix. will set up a final approach:
55° 12.607' N, 008° 5.205' W
this is the position in the North Atlantic Ocean midway between Templebreaga Head and Inishbeg 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 Tramore Bay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Toberglassan Bay - 3 miles W
  2. Sheep Haven - 4.1 miles E
  3. Mulroy Bay - 4.7 miles E
  4. Tory Island - 5.1 miles NW
  5. Inishsirrer Island - 6.8 miles WSW
  6. Bunbeg - 7.6 miles SW
  7. Gola Island - 7.7 miles WSW
  8. Portsalon - 8.8 miles E
  9. Pincher Bay - 9.1 miles ENE
  10. Cruit Bay - 9.7 miles SW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Toberglassan Bay - 3 miles W
  2. Sheep Haven - 4.1 miles E
  3. Mulroy Bay - 4.7 miles E
  4. Tory Island - 5.1 miles NW
  5. Inishsirrer Island - 6.8 miles WSW
  6. Bunbeg - 7.6 miles SW
  7. Gola Island - 7.7 miles WSW
  8. Portsalon - 8.8 miles E
  9. Pincher Bay - 9.1 miles ENE
  10. Cruit Bay - 9.7 miles SW
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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.

Facing northwest, Tramore Bay is on the coastal passage between Bloody Foreland and Fanad Head, and is entered between Dooros Point to the southwest and Marfagh Point to the north, a distance of about 1 mile, and is situated approximately 5 miles to the west of Dunfanaghy and a similar distance to the north of Falcarragh.

Between Dooros Point and Ringboy Point a landing can be made in calm conditions at Dooros Port, a small inlet immediately to the west of Dooros Point, and a further landing may be possible in suitable weather between Marfagh Point and Rough Point at Pidgeon's Cove on the north side of Pollaguill Bay, a small inlet immediately north of Marfagh Point.

The best anchorage in depths of 5 to 9 metres is in the northern part of the bay south of Marfagh Rock, which dries. Weather conditions permitting it is possible to make a dinghy landing anywhere on the flat sandy beach at Tramore Strand.


Why visit here?
Tramore Strand is a one mile long flat sandy beach with sandhills and rolling hills behind, and Muckish Mountain further beyond inland. This is a beautiful secluded beach that can only be reached by dinghy, or on foot across sand dunes from the bridge to the west of the town of Dunfanaghy which takes about half an hour, but the journey is worth the effort. It is recommended that the most suitable place for a dinghy to land is at the north end of the bay near Bloody Barrow.

Immediately north of Tramore Bay is a fissure in the cliffs known as McSwyne's Gun, a blow hole into which the sea is sometimes forced producing a report loud enough to be heard up to eight miles away. The noise resembles a clap of thunder rather than the sound of a gun, but the name has stuck.

There are no villages with facilities at this remote location but it makes a pleasant temporary anchorage weather permitting on the coastal passage between Bloody Foreland and Fanad Head.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at this location.


With thanks to:
inyourfootsteps.com site research. Photography with thanks to Mary Rogers, Rossographer, Michal Osmenda and A McCarron.


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The following videos may be useful to help first time visitors familiarise themselves with Tramore.


The following video presents Tramore beach on a beautiful day.




The following video presents more shots of the enormous bay.




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