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Heir Island (east beach)

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Located in the centre of Roaringwater Bay, on Ireland’s southwest coast in County Cork, Heir Island is immediately northwest of Sherkin Island and southwest of the mainland. The smallest of the three inhabited islands in the bay area it is a secluded anchorage close to its popular east facing beach.

Set behind islands and the mainland, with rocky shoals breaking any seaway, the anchorage offers good protection from all but very strong southerly winds. Approaches to the general area, from the north end of Baltimore Harbour or directly from Long Island Bay, are unmarked, intricate and challenging. All of this requires careful navigation in settled conditions with good visibility.



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Keyfacts for Heir Island (east beach)
Facilities
Pleasant family beach 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
Pleasant family beach 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° 29.762' N, 009° 25.473' W

This is off the beach where vessels normally anchor

What are the initial fixes?

The following waypoints will set up a final approach:

(i) Baltimore north entrance initial fix

51° 28.080' N, 009° 27.450' W

This is set on the clearing line of bearing 230°T of Clare Island's Doonanore Castle ruins open east of Illauneana, as best seen on Admiralty 2129, and about midway between the Toorane Rocks and Carrigmore.

(ii) Baltimore Harbour initial fix

51° 28.120' N, 009° 23.423' W

This is a quarter of a mile due south of the entrance, midway between Beacon & Barrack Point in the white sector of the lighthouse.
Please note

Initial fixes only set up their listed targets. Do not plan to sail directly between initial fixes as a routing sequence.




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 Heir Island (east beach) for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Heir Island (East Pier) - 0.2 miles NE
  2. Turk’s Head - 0.3 miles ESE
  3. Rincolisky Harbour - 0.3 miles N
  4. Quarantine Island - 0.5 miles E
  5. Kinish Harbour - 0.8 miles SSE
  6. Off Castle Ruins - 0.9 miles SE
  7. Horseshoe Harbour - 1.1 miles SSE
  8. Inane Creek - 1.2 miles ENE
  9. Baltimore - 1.3 miles ESE
  10. Horse Island - 1.4 miles NW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Heir Island (East Pier) - 0.2 miles NE
  2. Turk’s Head - 0.3 miles ESE
  3. Rincolisky Harbour - 0.3 miles N
  4. Quarantine Island - 0.5 miles E
  5. Kinish Harbour - 0.8 miles SSE
  6. Off Castle Ruins - 0.9 miles SE
  7. Horseshoe Harbour - 1.1 miles SSE
  8. Inane Creek - 1.2 miles ENE
  9. Baltimore - 1.3 miles ESE
  10. Horse Island - 1.4 miles NW
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How to get in?
Vessels approaching this Haven may use the Oldcourt Click to view haven general approach directions as the anchorage lies off its approach path.

After using these approach descriptions a useful waypoint that can be targeted is at the mouth of the River Ilen. This is set at the northern edge of the river fairway about 250 metres northwest of Two Woman’s Rock.

Waypoint River Ilen Entrance – waypoint: 51° 29.710' N, 009° 25.120' W

From the waypoint steer north first to clear a shallow area, with 1.5 metres over it, that extends from Two Woman’s Rock. Once clear of this shallow area turn towards the headland that extends to the northeast of the beach.



Haven location Anchor according to draft in mud and sand that offers excellent holding. Best water will be found keeping about 150 metres off the eastern shoreline. Land on the beach in the middle of the island by tender.


Why visit here?
Heir Island, in Irish Inishodriscol or Inis an Oidhre derived from Inis Uí Drisceoil meaning "Ó Driscol's island", is covered in the the Heir Island (East Pier) Click to view haven entry.


What facilities are available?
The island has two piers, and a shop whose location is in the main hamlet on the west side of the island, where fresh bread which is made on the island is available. Although the small island does not have a pub, it has holiday rentals, an art gallery, a sailing school, an outdoor activities camp, a permanent restaurant and an occasional restaurant located in the Sailing School. The permanent island restaurant is reputed to be very good and is by prior reservation only.

Heir Island is accessible by boat all year round by ferry. The main way to get to the island is via the island ferry that departs from Cunnamore point to the island's main pier 6 times a day, every 2 hours, from 8am to 6pm during the summer. Another ferry services Heir and Sherkin islands from Baltimore & Cunnamore throughout the Summer months of July and August.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a boat anchored off Heir Island.


With thanks to:
Diarmuid Minihane, Baltimore Harbour Master. Photography with thanks to Burke Corbett.


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