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Rabbit Island

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Rabbit Island is small bay on the southwest coast of Ireland, just outside the western entrance to Glandore and north of Rabbit Island, in Co. Cork. It offers a secluded nature anchorage with nothing but shelter from swell and wind.

There is reasonable shelter from the prevailing south-westerly wind, and High and Low islands to the south of the entrance dampen the swell entering the anchorage. The little bay offers good holding in what is thought to be sand/gravel. Access is straightforward from the east/northeast.
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There might be some fishing gear in the bay.




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Keyfacts for Rabbit Island
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.


Considerations
Note: fish farming activity in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
(None)


Last modified
May 8th 2018; suggest a correction?

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
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Summary

A good location with straightforward access.

LWS draught

3 metres (9.84 feet).

Today's tide estimates

HW 00:35 LW 07:54
HW 13:47 LW 20:09
Now approaching Springs

Swell today




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.


Considerations
Note: fish farming activity in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
(None)


Last modified
May 8th 2018; suggest a correction?

Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 31.955' N, 009° 7.361' W

North of the highest part of Rabbit Island

What is the initial fix?

The following South of Adam's Island will set up a final approach:
51° 32.176' N, 009° 6.002' W
This is about a ⅓ of a mile south of Adam's Island in the entrance to Glandore Harbour.


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.


Not what you need?
Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Rabbit Island for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Squince Harbour - 0.2 miles WSW
  2. Blind Harbour - 0.8 miles WSW
  3. Glandore - 1.1 miles N
  4. Castlehaven (Castletownshend) - 1.1 miles WSW
  5. Tralong Bay - 1.6 miles ENE
  6. Mill Cove - 2 miles ENE
  7. Rosscarbery Bay - 2.8 miles ENE
  8. Barloge Creek (Lough Hyne) - 4.2 miles WSW
  9. Dirk Bay - 4.2 miles E
  10. Oldcourt - 4.6 miles W
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Squince Harbour - 0.2 miles WSW
  2. Blind Harbour - 0.8 miles WSW
  3. Glandore - 1.1 miles N
  4. Castlehaven (Castletownshend) - 1.1 miles WSW
  5. Tralong Bay - 1.6 miles ENE
  6. Mill Cove - 2 miles ENE
  7. Rosscarbery Bay - 2.8 miles ENE
  8. Barloge Creek (Lough Hyne) - 4.2 miles WSW
  9. Dirk Bay - 4.2 miles E
  10. Oldcourt - 4.6 miles W
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


How to get in?
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This is a little bay nestled between the mainland cliffs extending westward from Sheela Point, to the north, and Rabbit Island.

Straightforward access from the east/northeast, without any mark but without hidden hazard. A night access might not be advisable.

Beware not to go to deep into the anchorage as a north-south sandbar connects the northwest part of Rabbit Island with the mainland (watch your depth sounder). Therefore, crossing westwards straight to Squince Harbour is only for very shallow draft boats and high tide.


What's the story here?
The shelter is good from Southerly, Northerly and Westerly swells, good from Sly and Nly winds and quite good from Wly winds.
The place is calm and wild and might offer an interesting hike on the shore or Rabbit Island if you have a dinghy to land or are willing to swim.


With thanks to:
Frédéric & Sophie


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