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Glandore Harbour is located on the southwest coast of Ireland at about the centre of Glandore Bay which is the area between Galley Head and Toe Head, in Co. Cork. More than two miles long, north to south, the harbour offers a host of anchoring opportunities in a scenic location alongside two villages.

The harbour offers complete protection from all winds. Although open to the south, the harbour offers better protection than Castlehaven as it is protected from the force of the sea by the islands and rocks that lie in the entrance. In south-easterly winds, some roll can be experienced in the primary anchorage but at these times shelter may be obtained by moving over to Union Hall. The entrance rocks appear formidable on the chart but upon approach, access will be found to be straightforward as they are all well marked with perches and cardinal marks. This makes it highly navigable, day or night, at all points of the tide.



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Keyfacts for Glandore
Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWater available via tapGas availableTop up fuel available in the area via jerry cansShop with basic provisions availableFuel by arrangement with bulk tanker providerSlipway availableShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaChandlery available in the areaMarine engineering services available in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderJetty or a structure to assist landingSailing Club baseScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinitySet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierNote: harbour fees may be charged

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
2 metres (6.56 feet).

Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
November 28th 2018

Summary* Restrictions apply

A completely protected location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWater available via tapGas availableTop up fuel available in the area via jerry cansShop with basic provisions availableFuel by arrangement with bulk tanker providerSlipway availableShore based toilet facilitiesShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaChandlery available in the areaMarine engineering services available in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderJetty or a structure to assist landingSailing Club baseScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinitySet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierNote: harbour fees may be charged



Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 33.650' N, 009° 7.600' W

In the middle of the harbour approximately midway between Glandore Quay and Union Hall.

What is the initial fix?

The following Glandore initial fix will set up a final approach:
51° 32.500' N, 009° 5.500' W
This waypoint is an initial fix 500 metres east of Adams Island.


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 Glandore for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Rabbit Island - 1.1 miles S
  2. Squince Harbour - 1.1 miles S
  3. Blind Harbour - 1.5 miles SSW
  4. Tralong Bay - 1.5 miles E
  5. Castlehaven (Castletownshend) - 1.6 miles SW
  6. Mill Cove - 1.9 miles E
  7. Rosscarbery Bay - 2.7 miles E
  8. Dirk Bay - 4.4 miles E
  9. Oldcourt - 4.6 miles WSW
  10. Barloge Creek (Lough Hyne) - 4.6 miles WSW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Rabbit Island - 1.1 miles S
  2. Squince Harbour - 1.1 miles S
  3. Blind Harbour - 1.5 miles SSW
  4. Tralong Bay - 1.5 miles E
  5. Castlehaven (Castletownshend) - 1.6 miles SW
  6. Mill Cove - 1.9 miles E
  7. Rosscarbery Bay - 2.7 miles E
  8. Dirk Bay - 4.4 miles E
  9. Oldcourt - 4.6 miles WSW
  10. Barloge Creek (Lough Hyne) - 4.6 miles WSW
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How to get in?
Glandore Harbour
Image: Tom Vaughan


Glandore, along with Union Hall and several small fishing creeks, are situated at the northwest end of Glandore Harbour. The harbour is located between High Island and Galley Head, just over six miles to the east, in the northwest side of Glandore Bay. It is entered between Sheela Point and Goat's Head passing two small islands, named Adam and Eve, at the southern end and mouth of the harbour. The harbour is approximately three miles long north to south with Glandore located on the east side, the village of Leap at the north end and Union Hall on the west side.

Glandore Bay lies between Sheela Point and Galley Head a distance of about 5.75 miles, and embraces Glandore Harbour at its west end. In addition to Glandore the bay hosts some small inlets, and the separately covered Tralong Bay, Mill Cove and Rosscarbery Bay. The west half of its north shore consists of steep barren cliffs rising to considerable hills inland. The shore of Rosscarbery Bay, the east half of Glandore Bay, consists of two sandy beaches separated midway by the rugged cliffs of Cloghna Head. The Long Strand, the southeast beach, is a remarkable feature and from its southern end the coast is bold and rocky for about a mile to Galley Head.



Western Approach Vessels approaching from the west may pass to the north or to the south of The Stags situated 0.7 mile south of Toe Head. This is a cluster of rugged precipitous pinnacle rocks that are marked by a south cardinal buoy moored 800 metres to the south.

The Stags – South Cardinal buoy Q (6)+L Fl.15s position: 51° 27.580'N, 009° 13.735'W

Vessels passing to the north can pass Stag Sound located between Toe Head and The Stags. The sound is 0.65 of a mile wide, with 37 metres of water, and it provides a safe passage. Alternatively, a vessel may pass to the south of The Stags, rounding south of the Stags south cardinal marker before turning to port and progressing in a north-east direction to Castlehaven.
Please note

Stag Sound is best avoided in strong conditions when it can be rough. Likewise, when progressing against an adverse tide, it is best avoided as the spring tidal rate attains 2kn in the sound.



After the Stags, High Island with its elevation of 46 metres is readily identifiable. The rock is situated ¾ of a mile south-southwest from Rabbit Island and midway between Glandore Harbour and Castle Haven. It is the largest of a cluster of rocks and islets and is steep-to to the south and east, but the group must not be approached too closely from any other side. Vessels are advised to pass to the south of High Island for simplicity.



Coastal sailors, and the more adventurous may, however, use the Big Sound channel between High and Low islands and the shore. The danger with the Big Sound passage is Belly Rock that is awash at low water springs and dries to 0.4 meters, and which lies 300 metres to the south of the rocks that extend from the west end of Rabbit Island.


Belly Rock – unmarked, position: 51° 31.475'N, 009° 07.165'W



This places it very much in the track of vessels taking the Big Sound channel, which otherwise presents a clear passage. Keeping the north shoreline of Low Island in line astern with the ruined tower on Horse Island, about bearing 253° T, keeps a vessel well south of Belly Rock whilst exiting the sound.

Just under a mile to the north by northeast of High and Low Islands is Rabbit Island that forms the east shore of the small harbour of Squince.



Two miles to the northeast of High Island is the 27 metres high Adam’s Island that will be seen on the west side of the entrance to Glandore Harbour. The island is situated between Sheela Point and Goat’s Head. Goat’s Head on the east shore, may be easily distinguished by an old telegraph tower, standing on the cliffs of the headland, at a height of 79 metres.



Eastern Approach Vessels approaching from the east will see the conspicuous 37 metres high Galley Head appear like an island from both west and east. The ruin of Dundeady Castle can be seen on the low neck that connects it with the mainland. A prominent lighthouse, a 21-metre high white tower, stands on the extremity of the headland.

Galley Head – lighthouse Fl (5) 20s 53m 23M position: 51°31.798'N, 008°57.210'W



Half a mile west of Galley Head, and awash at high water, is Doolic Rock. The rock is steep-to on the north and east, but foul ground extends 300 metres to the southwest of it. Half a mile to the southeast of the head are the Clout Rocks with plenty of cover for leisure vessels.

It is advisable to keep at least half a mile from the Galley Head. With good weather, leisure craft can use the channel between Doolic Rock and Galley Head. The transit provided to clear the Cloghna Rock, is a line of bearing 320° T of the spire of Rosscarbery Cathedral. This is just open of Creggan Point situated a mile to the southeast of the cathedral, and it leads between the Doolic Rock and Galley Head in 16 to 20 metres of water.
Please note

Wind against tide situations develop heavy seas close to the head. Strong currents are experienced off Galley Head and Doolic Rock, with the ebb tide setting on to the rock with great velocity. In these circumstances, it is advisable a vessel stays offshore.



Convergance Point The entrance to Glandore lies between Goat’s Head, a bluff head 79-metre high headland on the east, and Sheela Point on the west. The harbour entrance is divided into two channels by Adam Island, that lies in the entrance about a third of a mile east of Sheela Point, plus the 7 meters high Eve Island, that lies half a mile within Adam Island, and finally The Dangers, a chain of three rocky patches that lie mid-channel about 400 metres to the north of Eve Island.



The conventional wisdom for entering Glandore is to avoid Adam and hug Eve during approach. More precisely stated, the preferred entrance path is to run up to the east of Adam and Eve islands, keeping near mid-channel, then switch to the western side to pass ‘The Dangers’ to starboard. The initial fix sets up this approach.



Initial fix location From the initial fix steer a course of 295° T for Eve Island passing about midway between Adam Island and the northeastern shore. Foul ground extends to the north of Adam Island for a distance of 250 metres and out east for about 150 metres, hence the mantra avoid Adam. Giving Adam Island a wide berth presents little issue as the eastern channel is about half a mile wide with 10 to 25 metres of water.

Half a mile inside Adam Island is the much smaller Eve Island. It may be passed on either side but the east side is the preferred option. This avoids sunken rocks that narrow the channel on the western side and lie some distance out from the harbour’s western shore abreast of Eve Island. The eastern side has, by comparison, the widest and most direct channel. Eve Island is steep to and all dangers are cleared by keeping 100 metres off when rounding the island.

Within Eve Island, and about mid-channel of the harbour, there is then the final set of obstacles. These are a chain of rocks called The Dangers. The northernmost of these, called the Sunk Rock, has 1 metre over it at low water and is marked by a buoy. The others uncover and are marked by perches. They are all steep-to with deep water between them and have a channel on either side, both with more than 6 metres of water, although the western side is the preferred choice.

On passing Eve Island turn to port, on a bearing of approximately 320 degrees, to switch to the better path on the western side of The Dangers, and hence the rounding and hug Eve part of the mantra.

The Dangers are three separate rocks in the middle of the channel that show at three-quarter ebb. This first, or ‘Outer Danger’, marker is positioned on the west side of the rocky section and has a green triangle top mark Fl (2+ 1) G.10s 4M. The 250-metre gap between Long Point on the west shore, and the green perch marker will be clearly visible and it is safe to proceed through the middle of the gap between this and Long Point. Once between Long Point and the ‘Outer Danger’ marker steer about 330° (T) into the harbour to pass midway between western shore and the remaining dangers.

The Middle Danger and the Inner Danger are each
marked by one green perch with a triangle topmark, and are passed to starboard. Also Sunk Rock, about 200 metres north of the Inner Danger, is marked by a lit cardinal buoy. Once past Sunk Rock the main harbour opens up.
Please note

A good leading mark that will lead through the channel to the west of The Dangers is to bring Eve Island’s east extreme on with the west extreme of Adam Island. Keep these marks a little open to lead past the north-most Sunk Rock. It is possible to sail between The Dangers and locals may often be seen doing this. However, this is absolutely not something a stranger should do.





When Union Hall Pier will be seen around Coosaneigh Point, located 1.25 nautical miles north by northwest of Sheela Point, a vessel will be to the north of The Dangers. The best anchorage is off Coosaneigh Point, in about 3 metres of water.


Glandore Harbour
Image: HighKing via CC BY-SA 2.0


Haven location It is possible to anchor off Glandore, and the village will be found on the east side of Glandore Harbour. A host of moorings will be seen in this area and it is best to anchor close outside these. Do not anchor too far out as Union Hall fishing vessels tend to follow the deeper water channel before turning for the harbour and outlying anchored vessels will tend to obstruct their path. More importantly, at night they will find it difficult so see a yacht's anchor light when set against the shore lights of Glandore. The yacht club operates six yellow public visitor buoys that are moored off the Glandore harbour entrance. Payment should be made to the club or at the Glandore Inn next door.



If further protection is required a more sheltered anchorage in mud will be found 200 metres north of Union Hall’s pier. Vessels making for Union Hall should keep on course for the bay opposite Glandore for at least 300 metres north of Coosaneigh Point to avoid a mud bank which extends from the shore.



Depths are more limited at Union Hall and in the area to the north of the quay draughts of up to 1.7 metres area available at neaps.

Some additional Glandore notes that may prove useful:

  • • There is no external VHF coverage in Glandore or Union Hall for a vessel with an antenna positioned lower than 4 metres. Vessels with a 10-metre high antenna will find external reception possible but poor. Reception may prove more reliable for vessels with antennas mounted higher that this.

  • • With a beating wind both shores must be approached with caution, as they are foul to some distance.

  • • If approaching from the West it is equally possible to take a western route into the harbour. This is by taking the 400 metres wide western pass between Adam Island and Sheela Point. From there steer to pass close to the east of Eve Island, to avoid a shallow patch with less than a metre located off the western shore and 300 metres west of Eve Island. Likewise, there is a usable fairway on either side of The Dangers. In proceeding through the passage to the east of The Dangers, keep at least 100 metres off the east shore. Vessels taking a western approach should make a note of Sheela Rock, which dries to 1.2 metres and lies southeast of Sheela Point.

  • • It is also worth noting that a sector light is being proposed for the long point on the Union Hall side of the harbour.



Why visit here?
Glandore derives its name from an Irish expression but there is some debate as to the precise nature of the words; it is either Cuan D'Ór, meaning harbour of the gold, or Cuan Daire, meaning harbour of oak. Either way, it is the name of the village, harbour and outer bay.

Drombeg Stone Circle
Photo: Tourism Ireland


Due to its location, Glandore is the site of one of the earlier settlements of this area of the Cork coastline. 2.4 km, 1.5 mi, east of Glandore and not far off the main road is the famous Drombeg Stone Circle which has been dated back to 150 BC. Also known as The Druid's Altar this is a Recumbent stone circle of 17 stones and two portal stones that had a pot at its centre containing the cremated remains of a young body. The site is well preserved and one of the most visited megalithic sites in Ireland. It is now protected under the National Monuments Act and the area of the circle has been covered in gravel to protect it from the volume of visitors.

In 1215 the Normans arrived and built two castles to secure the area. Glandore was then for centuries closely associated with the chieftain family, the O'Donovans, who gained control of the harbour from the Normans and occupied its castles. The full name of the harbour village of Leap is "O'Donovan's Leap", derived from the story of an O'Donovan, who was being pursued by English soldiers, but escaped by jumping across a ravine at the bottom of the village.

The present pier and wall were built in the first half of the 19th century. The beautiful little Anglican Church of Ireland building, one of the most conspicuous of Glandore's historic buildings, dates back to this time. Built on a rock ledge overlooking the bay it offers spectacular views across the water. Access to the Church grounds and the Church is through an archway, a kind of mini-tunnel, hewn through the solid rock that is part of the ledge.

Today the villages of this sheltered harbour, Glandore and Union Hall, are flourishing in their own distinctive ways. The very much more workaday Union Hall is the home port of a thriving fishing fleet of 30 vessels. Glandore, by contrast, is a magnet for tourists, yachts and pleasure craft in the summer. They are drawn to the almost perfect sailing harbour and the surrounding area that is one of the most beautiful areas in West Cork. Although Union Hall tends to fall beneath the picture perfect shadow of Glandore, it should be considered a useful sailing destination as it provides much more resources for a cruising vessel.

Sailing is a primary attraction of this inlet and this has been fostered by the highly active Glandore Harbour Yacht Club. Since 2013 the yacht club's official headquarters is next to the Glandore Inn, located just a few yards from the pier in Glandore village. Since 1992, on every two even years and during the second week of July, the club hosts the "Glandore Classic Boat Regatta" that takes place over the space of a week. In 2000 the Regatta skipped a year due to full calendars and the odd year suiting best, and since then the regatta has been held on every second year on the odd year. Boats from all over the country come to participate in this event. An annual regatta also takes place during the third weekend of August.


What facilities are available?
The harbour has the village of Leap at the north end, and Union Hall on the west side. Water is available on Glandore & Union Hall piers, but Union Hall is the best destination for supplies as it includes a chandlery. No fuel is available, but it can be arranged if quantity warrants a road tanker to be sent. There is a good shop situated in Union Hall that provides a wide range of essentials and fine foods plus gas, off-licence, ATM etc. The custodians are most helpful and are delighted to offer advice to visiting sailors with regard to divers, cranes, breakdown/engine repairs/diesel etc. There is an active and welcoming yacht club in Glandore village, which also has several pubs, serving beer, food, and very often traditional music can be found here. Glandore is located about an hour's drive west of Cork city.


Any security concerns?
Never a security issue known to have occurred at Glandore or Union Hall.


With thanks to:
Burke Corbett, Gusserane, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Photographs with thanks to W@G, Finbarr McNulty, mrpbps, Ger Hore, Dave Brookes, Raul Corral, idahotechnology, Denis Foley, Ben & Asho Christopher Hilton, and Eerko Vissering.


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June sunset over Glandore
Image: eOceanic thanks © Peter Maher




Glandore Aerial




Union Hall Aerial




An overview of Drombeg Stone Circle



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