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Carrigmore Bay

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Located in Co. Cork on Ireland’s southwest coast, Carrigmore Bay is situated at the head of Toormore Bay that lies between Crookhaven and Long Island. It offers a secure anchorage in a remote and secluded location.

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.



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Keyfacts for Carrigmore Bay
Facilities
Shore based family recreation in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
3 metres (9.84 feet).

Approaches
3 stars: Attentive navigation; daylight access with dangers that need attention.
Shelter
3 stars: Tolerable; in suitable conditions a vessel may be left unwatched and an overnight stay.



Last modified
May 9th 2018

Summary

A tolerable location with attentive navigation required for access.

Facilities
Shore based family recreation in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed



Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 30.739' N, 009° 39.390' W

This is set in the middle of the inlet where 4 metres will be found.

What is the initial fix?

The following Toormore Bay initial fix will set up a final approach:
51° 29.460' N, 009° 39.145' W
This is approximately at the centre of the mile wide gap between Amsterdam Reef, to the northwest, and the 5 metre high Duharrig Island, to the southwest. The conspicuous castle, on Castle Point, will be seen about three quarters of a mile east from here. A course of north by northeast sets up a central path into Toormore Bay.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southwestern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Cork Harbour to Mizen Head Route location.


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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 Carrigmore Bay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Toormore Cove - 0.3 miles NE
  2. Dunmanus Harbour - 1.1 miles N
  3. Goleen - 1.3 miles WSW
  4. Croagh Bay (Long Island Sound) - 1.8 miles ESE
  5. Coney Island - 2.1 miles E
  6. Colla Harbour - 2.2 miles E
  7. Crookhaven - 2.3 miles SW
  8. Long Island - 2.3 miles E
  9. Kilcrohane Pier - 2.5 miles NNW
  10. Dooneen Pier - 2.5 miles NW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Toormore Cove - 0.3 miles NE
  2. Dunmanus Harbour - 1.1 miles N
  3. Goleen - 1.3 miles WSW
  4. Croagh Bay (Long Island Sound) - 1.8 miles ESE
  5. Coney Island - 2.1 miles E
  6. Colla Harbour - 2.2 miles E
  7. Crookhaven - 2.3 miles SW
  8. Long Island - 2.3 miles E
  9. Kilcrohane Pier - 2.5 miles NNW
  10. Dooneen Pier - 2.5 miles NW
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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.

Convergance Point Vessels approaching this Haven may use the Crookhaven Harbour Click to view haven general approach directions, and Toormore Cove Click to view haven 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.

Haven location 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.

Two of these beaches are very much worth a mention and the first of these is the one on the west side of the inlet behind a broken line of large boulder rocks. This is the closest beach to the anchoring position and ideal for landing a shore party. Made up of white sand dotted with occasional large boulder rocks and having a road access, it is often used by a small number of locals for bathing.

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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