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Horse Island

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Located on Ireland’s southwest coast in Co. Cork, Horse Island is situated at the head of Long Island Bay opposite Rossbrin on the mainland and provides an anchorage off the island’s small pier.

Set within an enclosed channel, and well sheltered by the mainland to the north, the anchorage offers good protection from all but very strong westerly or north-easterly winds. Approaches to the general area are straightforward at any stage of the tide with the western end approach being marked and lit.



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Keyfacts for Horse Island
Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingQuick 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
3 metres (9.84 feet).

Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.



Last modified
May 9th 2018

Summary

A good location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingQuick 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

51° 31.044' N, 009° 28.484' W

Just north of the Horse Island Pier

What is the initial fix?

The following Schull initial fix will set up a final approach:
51° 29.947' N, 009° 31.682' W
This is 300 metres west of the Amelia Rock Marker and on the harbour’s 346° T in-line leading though the entrance. The anchoring area in Schull Harbour is mile a half from here.


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. Use the Rossbrin Cove Click to view haven general approach directions.


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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 Horse Island for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Rossbrin Cove - 0.3 miles NNE
  2. Trawnwaud (Castle Island Sound) - 0.5 miles WNW
  3. Castle Island (North Side) - 0.6 miles WSW
  4. Castle Island (South Side) - 0.7 miles WSW
  5. White Strand - 1.2 miles S
  6. Rincolisky Harbour - 1.3 miles ESE
  7. Heir Island (east beach) - 1.4 miles SE
  8. Heir Island (East Pier) - 1.4 miles ESE
  9. Schull Harbour (Skull) - 1.6 miles W
  10. Turk’s Head - 1.7 miles ESE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Rossbrin Cove - 0.3 miles NNE
  2. Trawnwaud (Castle Island Sound) - 0.5 miles WNW
  3. Castle Island (North Side) - 0.6 miles WSW
  4. Castle Island (South Side) - 0.7 miles WSW
  5. White Strand - 1.2 miles S
  6. Rincolisky Harbour - 1.3 miles ESE
  7. Heir Island (east beach) - 1.4 miles SE
  8. Heir Island (East Pier) - 1.4 miles ESE
  9. Schull Harbour (Skull) - 1.6 miles W
  10. Turk’s Head - 1.7 miles ESE
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How to get in?


Convergance Point Vessels approaching this Haven may use the Rossbrin Cove Click to view haven general approach directions as Horse Island pier lies on the opposite side of the channel.

Haven location The anchorage is just off the east point of the island in a depth of about six metres. Land at the pier that has very good protection for a dinghy to approach and land. The pier is only usable at high water as it dries out well beyond its head. On a settled day a dinghy may also land on the beach on the south waist of the island.
Please note

As Horse Island is wholly privately owned no incursion should be made above the HW mark without express permission.




Why visit here?
Horse Island, in Irish Each Inis, is only about 92 acres in area, low lying in an east-west direction. The island is waisted north to south, near to its western end, and its coastline is lined by sandy bays and unusual cliff formations. These coastal features contrast with the islands vast meadows.

With no domestic grazing animals, the island’s grasses grow long and there are broad areas of scrub and bracken. An experimental forestation project planted coniferous and deciduous trees, notably willows, that have come to form part of the island’s plant life. Warmed by the Gulf Stream and enriched with salt, the island also has several unusual and exotic plant species.

A recent census puts the present occupation at just two but this was not always the case. Old Celtic settlements occupied the island for thousands of years and left many relics that bear witness to the ancient dwellers. The island had its largest population in the 19th century when a very pure copper ore was discovered close to the eastern point of the island. In 1835 the Irish Mining Company commenced operations and employed more than one hundred men at its height. The very pure copper ore they extracted was shipped to Swansea where it fetched a very high price. But when the mine was exhausted the population soon dwindled and the island went into terminal decline. The possibility of Horse Island having a commercial renaissance is however very real. In 2012 the island’s owner, Adrian Fitzgibbon, made a planning application to construct a new distillery on the island, and if approved it could set in place the plinth from which an Irish Islands whiskey region could be built.

Today Horse Island has several entirely refurbished and self-sufficient stone houses that are let out to summer holiday visitors. A ferry serves these homes but the island can also be reached on foot from the mainland at very low tides. This is by crossing the drying Horse Ridge that is situated on the eastern end of the island where the ruins of an old village still stand. A stony track leads from the pier to the eastern tip of the island.

The wholly owned private island is very much off the tourist trail. Some of the fine sandy beaches on the island’s eastern end are popular with local boaters in the summer months. They make ideal locations for visiting sailors to land, have a picnic and experience the island’s wild beauty with views over the clear clean waters of Roaring Water Bay. However, because it is a private island, visitors should not ascend above the high water mark.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at this remote island anchorage.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to vessel anchored of this remote island.


With thanks to:
Burke Corbett, Gusserane, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Photography with thanks to Burke Corbett.


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