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Sorrento Point

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Sorrento Point is situated at the northern end of Killiney Bay, and to the southwest of Dalkey Island, immediately south of Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland. It offers an anchorage in a beautiful setting close to a popular beach.

Sorrento Point is situated at the northern end of Killiney Bay, and to the southwest of Dalkey Island, immediately south of Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland. It offers an anchorage in a beautiful setting close to a popular beach.

Although sheltered from north round to southwest, Sorrento Point can be subject to swell and is best described as a tolerable anchorage for use in settled conditions. Navigation is straightforward as it has unimpeded access from the sea and with deep water may be accessed at any stage of the tide. However, there are no navigation aids here so it is best accessed with the benefit of daylight.
Please note

Although it has good holding this is not a place to leave a boat unattended for long periods. The immediate steep-to cliffs do not lend themselves to a convenient dinghy landing.




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Last modified
July 18th 2018

Summary

A tolerable location with straightforward access.

Facilities
None listed


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: sectioned off swimming area in the vicinity



Position and approaches
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Haven position

53° 16.132' N, 006° 5.675' W

200 metres off the shore southwest of Sorrento Point. It is a start point from which you may find a nice spot to anchor further in.

What is the initial fix?

The following Sorrento Point initial fix will set up a final approach:
53° 16.030' N, 006° 5.520' W
This waypoint is 400 metres southeast of the anchorage.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in eastern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Dublin Bay to Rosslare Harbour Route location. Vessels approaching from the north may find a useful set of waypoints and directions for Dalkey Sound in the routes entry ‘Dublin to Killiney Bay via Dalkey Sound’ Route location.


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 Sorrento Point for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Dalkey Sound - 0.2 miles NE
  2. Dún Laoghaire Harbour - 1.5 miles NW
  3. Bray Harbour - 2.2 miles S
  4. Dublin Port (Poolbeg Marina) - 3.9 miles NW
  5. Greystones - 4.4 miles S
  6. Balscadden Bay - 4.5 miles N
  7. Howth - 4.7 miles N
  8. Carrigeen Bay - 5.1 miles N
  9. Malahide - 7 miles N
  10. Talbot’s Bay - 8.2 miles N
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Dalkey Sound - 0.2 miles NE
  2. Dún Laoghaire Harbour - 1.5 miles NW
  3. Bray Harbour - 2.2 miles S
  4. Dublin Port (Poolbeg Marina) - 3.9 miles NW
  5. Greystones - 4.4 miles S
  6. Balscadden Bay - 4.5 miles N
  7. Howth - 4.7 miles N
  8. Carrigeen Bay - 5.1 miles N
  9. Malahide - 7 miles N
  10. Talbot’s Bay - 8.2 miles N
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How to get in?


Sorrento Point is situated on the northern end of Killiney Bay which is bounded by the remarkable Killiney Hill. Sorrento Point lies to the east of the hill with the conspicuous and elegant Sorrento Terrace stretching out along its length and making it highly visible from a great distance. Killiney Hill is made readily identifiable by the Mapas Obelisk standing on its summit.

The anchorage lies beneath this headland in the north end of Killiney Bay. Killiney Beach on the western shore has a designated swimming area immediately off the beach. It is marked by two yellow spar buoys and yachts should stay well clear of this area.

Convergance Point Use the directions provided for Bray Harbour Click to view haven for broader approaches to Killiney Bay.

Initial fix location From the initial fix set on the 10-metre contour come in under the headland. Underneath the Sorrento Point headland, it is steep to and there are no out-lying obstacles. However, the railway line follows the coast here and recent developments to the infrastructure may have left some construction detritus in the fringing waters so keep an eye out.

Haven location Anchor just off the rocks near the Victorian Terrace in about 7 metres according to draft. The holding can be poor if you hit a rocky patch. However, since the boat will not be unattended here this is not too much of an issue but watch out for dragging. The shoreline to the north presents a high steep cliff with deep water and rocks at its foot. Killiney beach, to the southwest, offers a shoreline where it is possible to land. Dingies with outboard engines should also stay out of the designated swimming area when landing.


Why visit here?
Sorrento point is a beautiful anchorage. Framed from seaward by the gradual curve of Killiney Bay, in the summer it has the vivid greens of the Irish countryside meeting along with a turquoise seam of translucent waters with the deep blue of the Irish Sea. Behind, at a little distance inland, are the Wicklow Mountains ranged in a series of groups so as to form a picturesque background. All of this, particularly the conical peak of the Great Sugar Loaf that is redolent of Mount Vesuvius, gives it the appearance of the Bay of Naples. Hence, after the Italian resort to which it has a similarity in appearance, the area was given the name Sorrento Point.


This great vista is overlooked by the Sorrento Terrace that provides a magnificent focal point to the headland. The beautiful houses were commenced by the Rev. Dr Richard MacDonnell, 1787–1867, who was the Reformist 29th Provost of Dublin’s Trinity College. In 1837 MacDonnell bought the coastal plot of land planning to build his country retreat that was to be Sorrento Cottage. He then devised a plan to construct 22 houses on the remaining plot which would have been a huge undertaking at the time. But this got cancelled due to the onset of the Great Famine when MacDonnell nobly decided to help those around him rather than himself. In 1845 the family built the first and largest of the terrace residences, 'Sorrento House', and he then leased the rest of the land to his son, Hercules Henry Graves MacDonnell. His son completed the remaining seven houses by 1874 and offered then out at a price of £1,000 each. Featuring such breath-taking views the terrace is famous for being the most expensive row of houses in Ireland. The original Sorrento Cottage is now owned by David Howell Evans who is better known as ‘The Edge’ and lead guitarist of the Irish rock band U2.

Those planning a shore visit will find a hike to the top of 153 metres high Killiney Hill more than rewarding. It is the southernmost of the two hills that form Dublin Bay’s southern boundary, the other being Dalkey Hill. Topped off by the Mapas obelisk, built in 1741, Killiney Hill and Dalkey Hill are both parts of the small public ‘Killiney Hill Park’ that was opened in 1887 in honour of Queen Victoria's 50 years on the throne. The park is crossed by various walking tracks that take a visitor past the remains of an ancient church “The Druid’s Chair”, and on the south side of the hill an old semaphore signalling station along with an obelisk that dates back to the eighteenth century. Dalkey Hill offers spectacular views of Dublin to the northwest and inland towards the mountains and the valley of the river Liffey; the Irish Sea out to the east, and on a clear day the mountains of Wales; Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains to the south, and northwards often as far as Ulster’s Cooley Peninsula on a good day.

From a sailing perspective, being just outside what is the very urban environment of the capital, Sorrento Point makes for the perfect escape where one can enjoy some peace and quiet in a particularly beautiful location. Being within a couple of hundred metres of Dalkey Sound it is also a perfect place to wait out a tide or foul wind.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at Sorrento Point. All yacht services and provisioning may be obtained at Dún Laoghaire Harbour.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred at Sorrento Point.


With thanks to:
Charlie Kavanagh, ISA/RYA Yachtmaster Instructor/Examiner.


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Bottlenose dolphins gambolling in the anchorage




Sunrise over the anchorage


About Sorrento Point

Sorrento point is a beautiful anchorage. Framed from seaward by the gradual curve of Killiney Bay, in the summer it has the vivid greens of the Irish countryside meeting along with a turquoise seam of translucent waters with the deep blue of the Irish Sea. Behind, at a little distance inland, are the Wicklow Mountains ranged in a series of groups so as to form a picturesque background. All of this, particularly the conical peak of the Great Sugar Loaf that is redolent of Mount Vesuvius, gives it the appearance of the Bay of Naples. Hence, after the Italian resort to which it has a similarity in appearance, the area was given the name Sorrento Point.


This great vista is overlooked by the Sorrento Terrace that provides a magnificent focal point to the headland. The beautiful houses were commenced by the Rev. Dr Richard MacDonnell, 1787–1867, who was the Reformist 29th Provost of Dublin’s Trinity College. In 1837 MacDonnell bought the coastal plot of land planning to build his country retreat that was to be Sorrento Cottage. He then devised a plan to construct 22 houses on the remaining plot which would have been a huge undertaking at the time. But this got cancelled due to the onset of the Great Famine when MacDonnell nobly decided to help those around him rather than himself. In 1845 the family built the first and largest of the terrace residences, 'Sorrento House', and he then leased the rest of the land to his son, Hercules Henry Graves MacDonnell. His son completed the remaining seven houses by 1874 and offered then out at a price of £1,000 each. Featuring such breath-taking views the terrace is famous for being the most expensive row of houses in Ireland. The original Sorrento Cottage is now owned by David Howell Evans who is better known as ‘The Edge’ and lead guitarist of the Irish rock band U2.

Those planning a shore visit will find a hike to the top of 153 metres high Killiney Hill more than rewarding. It is the southernmost of the two hills that form Dublin Bay’s southern boundary, the other being Dalkey Hill. Topped off by the Mapas obelisk, built in 1741, Killiney Hill and Dalkey Hill are both parts of the small public ‘Killiney Hill Park’ that was opened in 1887 in honour of Queen Victoria's 50 years on the throne. The park is crossed by various walking tracks that take a visitor past the remains of an ancient church “The Druid’s Chair”, and on the south side of the hill an old semaphore signalling station along with an obelisk that dates back to the eighteenth century. Dalkey Hill offers spectacular views of Dublin to the northwest and inland towards the mountains and the valley of the river Liffey; the Irish Sea out to the east, and on a clear day the mountains of Wales; Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains to the south, and northwards often as far as Ulster’s Cooley Peninsula on a good day.

From a sailing perspective, being just outside what is the very urban environment of the capital, Sorrento Point makes for the perfect escape where one can enjoy some peace and quiet in a particularly beautiful location. Being within a couple of hundred metres of Dalkey Sound it is also a perfect place to wait out a tide or foul wind.

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:
Bray Harbour - 2.2 miles S
Greystones - 4.4 miles S
Wicklow Harbour - 10.7 miles S
Arklow - 17.7 miles S
Courtown Harbour - 23.5 miles S
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Dalkey Sound - 0.2 miles NE
Dún Laoghaire Harbour - 1.5 miles NW
Dublin Port (Poolbeg Marina) - 3.9 miles NW
Balscadden Bay - 4.5 miles N
Howth - 4.7 miles N

Navigational pictures


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Bottlenose dolphins gambolling in the anchorage




Sunrise over the anchorage



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