The approach to Kinvara Bay is via the Doorus Straight, and the entrance is between Doorus Point and Comb Rock. There are no marks for the deep water entrance approach between Madrallan Rock and Goragh Rock and this passage should therefore be made with great care and continuous use of the echosounder.
Less than half a mile from the bay's entrance on the west shore is a good anchorage in a depth of 4 metres abreast of Parkmore Quay near the village of Bush, where the pierhead dries at 1.5 metres and the shelter is quite good.
The bay affords another anchorage approximately one mile further inland from Bush in 2 metres depth between Goormeen Rock and Cruckeen Island, but care is necessary to avoid the shellfish beds and the fish farms located in this area.
At neaps, it is reported that there is also an anchorage in a depth of 1 metre at low water off Knivara village some 2.5 miles south southeast of Bush at the head of the bay, where there is a handy slipway suitable for a dinghy landing, or alternatively berth at the south or west side in the small harbour. The bottom of shingle and stone is suitable for drying out and it is the only spot in the inlet free of mud at low water.
Keyfacts for Kinvara Bay
Summary* Restrictions applyA good location with attentive navigation required for access.
Position and approaches
Haven position53° 10.291' N, 008° 58.028' W
this is the position at the pierhead at Parkmore Quay, Bush, at Kinvara Bay.
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Why visit here?The village of Kinvara situated at the head of Kinvara Bay is located in the far south of County Galway sixteen miles from Galway City and Airport, on the edge of the renowned region called The Burren, on the southern shore of Galway Bay.
The Burren, an area of great rocky expanse of hauntingly beautiful limestone hills and mountains is considered by many to be a unique landscape. Limestone areas like The Burren are famous for their large cave systems, and there are two caves in the area which are open to the public, the Aillee Caves, and since 2006 the Doolin Cave with one of the largest stalactites known to the world.
The south side and the low lying head of Galway Bay have shallow and rocky meandering inlets that offer some interesting navigation but usually involve drying berths alongside piers, such as Kinvara, which has often been described in tourist guides as a picturesque seaside village, and few will argue with that description.
Kinvara developed around an O' hEidhin (O'Hynes) towerhouse (now completely demolished) close to the main pier and the medieval church of St. Comman or St. Caimin (now in ruins) which is situated between the main road through the village and Ceibh a'Cheile, the oldest part of the quay. The church of St. Caimin dates to the early 13th century but is built on the site of St. Caimin's original early medieval church. It belongs to the style of architecture known as the School of the West which was a style of building in use in Connacht before the English invasion of the kingdom in the early 13th century.
Dunguaire Castle, Irish : Dun Guaire meaning the castle of Guaire, one of the principal townhouses of the O' hEidhin (O'Hynes) clan, is located to the east of Kinvara village; the castle was built in the early 16th century by Eamonn O' hEidhin and was occupied by Fiacha O' hEidhin towards the end of the same century. This towerhouse is believed to have been built on or close to the site of Durlas Guaire the main residence of Guaire Aidne mac Colmain, the 7th century king of Ui Fhiachrach and Connacht. The rath, an earthen enclosure on the small peninsula east of Dun Guaire is thought to be the remains of Durlas Guaire, also called Rath Durlais. Interestingly Dunguaire Castle was used as a filming location for the Scottish castle home of the main character in the 1979 film North Sea Hijack. At the present time medieval banquets are held at Dunguaire Castle.
During the War of Independence the first shots of the 1916 Easter Rising in County Galway were fired in Kinvara. The incident took place outside the curate's house on the Green Road when the Royal Irish Constabulary attempted to arrest local members of Oglaigh na hEireann.
Every year Kinvara is the home to two festivals, Fleadh na gCuach, the cuckoo festival, an Irish music festival at the beginning of May about which time the cuckoo is first heard, and Cruinniu na mBad, the gathering of the boats, in mid August. The latter festival is the larger and longer running, and it celebrates the traditional sailing craft the Galway Hookers, and the trade they once did between Kinvara and the north of County Clare and the west of County Galway. The festival started in 1979 and features a series of boat races as well as a variety of other events on the pier. The cuckoo festival which started much later in 1994 is a festival of Irish music that celebrates the old Irish festival of Bealtaine, the first of May, which in Ireland marks the start of summer.
What facilities are available?Amentities and facilities at Kinvara village include, village shops, supermarket, butcher, chemist, post office, hotel and B & B's, pub and restaurant, and top up fuel and fresh water is available from the local garage.
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