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Castle Island (North Side)

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Castle Island is a small uninhabited island in Roaringwater Bay situated on Ireland’s southwest corner in Co. Cork. The island offers anchorages off its northern and southern shores with the former being the preferred option.

Castle Island is a small uninhabited island in Roaringwater Bay situated on Ireland’s southwest corner in Co. Cork. The island offers anchorages off its northern and southern shores with the former being the preferred option.

Set within an enclosed channel, and well sheltered by Castle Island that is situated to the south, the anchorage offers good protection from all but very strong westerly or north-easterly winds. Approaches to the general area are straightforward with the western end approach being marked and lit.



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Last modified
May 9th 2018

Summary

A good location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Slipway availableMarked 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° 30.741' N, 009° 30.039' W

Just off the head of the 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 through the entrance. The anchoring area in Schull Harbour is a mile and 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.


Not what you need?
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 Castle Island (North Side) for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Castle Island (South Side) - 0.2 miles S
  2. Trawnwaud (Castle Island Sound) - 0.3 miles NNE
  3. Horse Island - 0.6 miles ENE
  4. Rossbrin Cove - 0.8 miles ENE
  5. Schull Harbour (Skull) - 1.1 miles WNW
  6. White Strand - 1.1 miles SSE
  7. Long Island - 1.4 miles WSW
  8. Colla Harbour - 1.4 miles W
  9. Coney Island - 1.6 miles WSW
  10. Rincolisky Harbour - 1.8 miles E
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Castle Island (South Side) - 0.2 miles S
  2. Trawnwaud (Castle Island Sound) - 0.3 miles NNE
  3. Horse Island - 0.6 miles ENE
  4. Rossbrin Cove - 0.8 miles ENE
  5. Schull Harbour (Skull) - 1.1 miles WNW
  6. White Strand - 1.1 miles SSE
  7. Long Island - 1.4 miles WSW
  8. Colla Harbour - 1.4 miles W
  9. Coney Island - 1.6 miles WSW
  10. Rincolisky Harbour - 1.8 miles E
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How to get in?


Vessels approaching this Haven may use the Rossbrin Cove Click to view haven general approach directions as the anchorage is a mile west by southwest of Rossbrin and immediately south of its approach path. The conspicuous Derreennatra manor house on the north shore, close to Trawnwaud, and the old ruins of the castle plus the pier on Castle island makes the position readily evident on approach.



Haven location Anchor according to draft off the old pier. Land on the beach alongside the pier.


Why visit here?
Castle Island, or in Irish Meadhon Inis meaning Middle Island, is one of Carbery's ‘One Hundred Isles’ that are scattered throughout Roaringwater Bay and Long Island Bay. The anglicised name ‘Castle Island’ is derived from the island’s 14th century O'Mahoney castle, see the Rossbrin Cove Click to view haven entry, the ruins of which may be seen today above the pier near the island’s eastern end.

The island is one of the smaller islands in Roaringwater Bay having an area of about 140 acres. It rises to a height of 36 metres and is dominated by gorse scrub and bracken heathland which is home to spectacular flora and fauna. Similarly, the ivy-covered gullies and ledges on the cliffs towards the eastern end of the island, are home to various species of seabird including choughs. The unique ecosystem, as with most of the islands in the bay, is highly influenced by the Gulf Stream’s warm climate. This bay area environment collides with West Cork’s elements creating areas of lush vegetation. This unique combination has caused Roaringwater Bay to be designated a Special Area of Conservation to protect the various terrestrial and marine habitats.

Today the island is unpopulated but the clusters of domestic ruins clearly indicate this was not always so. During the early part of the 20th-century, the island had a population of about 30 permanent residents. Their main occupations were farming and fishing, particularly trawling for lobsters. In the latter half of the century, the population declined and it slowly became uninhabited. The remains of the settlement dwellings may be seen close to the tower of the ruined castle, above the old pier, and there is also another group of abandoned houses at the extreme northeastern end of the island. Now the only life on the island are the sheep that graze in and around the deserted enclosures.

The island is very easy to land on, at the beach by the pier beneath the castle. Being relatively small and with many old boreens that provide easy walking, it is an ideal place to come ashore and explore on foot. A trip around the island presents treeless expanses of hill and bog plus rocky cliffs surrounded by mixed shingle and two sand beaches on an otherwise rocky foreshore. There are excellent views to enjoy from many ideal locations whilst having a picnic.

From a boating point of view, the anchorage just a mile outside the entrance provides an excellent location as a quieter alternative to busy Schull. Although Castle Island has no facilities, the secluded and very scenic location makes for a worthwhile visit. Whilst sailing around the islands, look out for dolphins, porpoises, seals, whales and even sharks.


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


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored of Castle Island.


With thanks to:
Burke Corbett, Gusserane, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Photography with thanks to Martin Southwood, Mike Searle and Burke Corbett.


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About Castle Island (North Side)

Castle Island, or in Irish Meadhon Inis meaning Middle Island, is one of Carbery's ‘One Hundred Isles’ that are scattered throughout Roaringwater Bay and Long Island Bay. The anglicised name ‘Castle Island’ is derived from the island’s 14th century O'Mahoney castle, see the Rossbrin Cove Click to view haven entry, the ruins of which may be seen today above the pier near the island’s eastern end.

The island is one of the smaller islands in Roaringwater Bay having an area of about 140 acres. It rises to a height of 36 metres and is dominated by gorse scrub and bracken heathland which is home to spectacular flora and fauna. Similarly, the ivy-covered gullies and ledges on the cliffs towards the eastern end of the island, are home to various species of seabird including choughs. The unique ecosystem, as with most of the islands in the bay, is highly influenced by the Gulf Stream’s warm climate. This bay area environment collides with West Cork’s elements creating areas of lush vegetation. This unique combination has caused Roaringwater Bay to be designated a Special Area of Conservation to protect the various terrestrial and marine habitats.

Today the island is unpopulated but the clusters of domestic ruins clearly indicate this was not always so. During the early part of the 20th-century, the island had a population of about 30 permanent residents. Their main occupations were farming and fishing, particularly trawling for lobsters. In the latter half of the century, the population declined and it slowly became uninhabited. The remains of the settlement dwellings may be seen close to the tower of the ruined castle, above the old pier, and there is also another group of abandoned houses at the extreme northeastern end of the island. Now the only life on the island are the sheep that graze in and around the deserted enclosures.

The island is very easy to land on, at the beach by the pier beneath the castle. Being relatively small and with many old boreens that provide easy walking, it is an ideal place to come ashore and explore on foot. A trip around the island presents treeless expanses of hill and bog plus rocky cliffs surrounded by mixed shingle and two sand beaches on an otherwise rocky foreshore. There are excellent views to enjoy from many ideal locations whilst having a picnic.

From a boating point of view, the anchorage just a mile outside the entrance provides an excellent location as a quieter alternative to busy Schull. Although Castle Island has no facilities, the secluded and very scenic location makes for a worthwhile visit. Whilst sailing around the islands, look out for dolphins, porpoises, seals, whales and even sharks.

Other options in this area


Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Alternatively here are the ten nearest havens available in picture view:
Coastal clockwise:
Schull Harbour (Skull) - 1.1 miles WNW
Long Island - 1.4 miles WSW
Colla Harbour - 1.4 miles W
Coney Island - 1.6 miles WSW
Croagh Bay (Long Island Sound) - 1.9 miles WSW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Castle Island (South Side) - 0.2 miles S
Trawnwaud (Castle Island Sound) - 0.3 miles NNE
Rossbrin Cove - 0.8 miles ENE
Horse Island - 0.6 miles ENE
White Strand - 1.1 miles SSE

Navigational pictures


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