Set within an inlet at the head of a bay the anchorage offers good protection from all but strong southwesterly component winds where it would be subject to swell. Approaches to the general area are straightforward but the bay requires daylight access as there are some easily avoided but unmarked dangers in and around the bay.
Keyfacts for Carrigmore Bay
SummaryA tolerable location with attentive navigation required for access.
Position and approaches
Haven position51° 30.739' N, 009° 39.390' W
This is set in the middle of the inlet where 4 metres will be found.
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How to get in?
Carrigmore Bay lies in the northwest arm of Toormore Bay close east of Toormore Cove, the northern fork.
Vessels approaching this Haven may use the Crookhaven Harbour general approach directions, and Toormore Cove for a local approach path as it is adjacent to this haven.
Carrigmore is clear up the centre from any known obstructions. The bay shelves very quickly, about 250 metres within the outer entrance, and dries.
Anchor in the outer bay according to draft in a mixture of sand and stiff clay that provides excellent holding. Land on any of the beaches that surround the bay.
Why visit here?Carrigmore Bay derives its name from the Irish An Charraig Mhór. An meaning ‘the’ Carraig meaning ‘rock’ and mór meaning ‘great’ or ‘big’. This is thought to refer to the significant forested rock protruding from the eastern shoreline that separates the outer and inner bays.
Whatever the case Carrigmore Bay is a lovely sandy ‘off the beaten track’ anchorage where it is most likely that a visiting vessel will have the bay all to itself. Those who come here will find four excellent, secluded and protected beaches that make it an ideal destination for leisure vessels with young children hankering to get free to play and explore.
A second beach that is worthy of mention is further up the inlet on the eastern shore behind the bay’s signature rocky headland. This is truly a spectacular sandy beach and not only is it more protected than the landing beach, it also has no convenient road access. Those landing here from a tender are most likely to have this vast sandy expanse all to themselves. For all the cove beaches of Carrigmore Bay, the anchored vessel stands between them and Toormore Bay making it a safe location to let older children loose in a tender or dinghy.
From a boating perspective, Carrigmore Bay offers a delightful, beautiful and quiet setting but has no facilities. Toormore village is accessible by joining the road, on the west side of Carrigmore Bay, and following it around the head of the bay continuing eastward. This can be a bit of a hike and Toormore village is better accessed by lifting anchor and moving just a little over a quarter of a mile to Toormore Cove itself.
What facilities are available?There are no facilities at this remote anchorage.
Any security concerns?Never an issue known to have occurred to vessel anchored in Carrigmore.
With thanks to:Burke Corbett, Gusserane, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Photography with thanks to Burke Corbett.
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