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Greystones is situated on the east coast of Ireland about ten miles south of Dublin Bay and two miles south of Bray Head. It is a small resort and commuter town that offers a berth in a recently established marina plus the opportunity to anchor outside.

Greystones is situated on the east coast of Ireland about ten miles south of Dublin Bay and two miles south of Bray Head. It is a small resort and commuter town that offers a berth in a recently established marina plus the opportunity to anchor outside.

Greystones Marina offers complete protection. The harbour offers secure access day or night, on any tide in all reasonable conditions and there are no immediate off-lying dangers.
Please note

Greystones can be a subject to funnelling winds from nearby mountain ranges.




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Keyfacts for Greystones



Last modified
July 18th 2018

Summary

A completely protected location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWaste disposal bins availableTop up fuel available in the area via jerry cansShop with basic provisions availableMini-supermarket or supermarket availableExtensive shopping available in the areaSlipway availableShore power available alongsideShore 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 locationPleasant family beach in the areaCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaInternet café in the areaDoctor or hospital in the areaPharmacy in the areaHaul-out capabilities via arrangementBus service available in the areaTrain or tram service available in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometresBicycle hire available in the areaCar hire available in the areaTourist Information office available


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationMarina or pontoon berthing facilitiesAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderJetty or a structure to assist landingQuick and easy access from open waterNavigation lights to support a night approachSailing Club baseUrban nature,  anything from a small town of more 5,000 inhabitants  to a large cityScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: harbour fees may be charged



Position and approaches
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Haven position

53° 9.101' N, 006° 3.838' W

North of the harbour entrance in 3.5 metres.

What is the initial fix?

The following Greystones initial fix will set up a final approach:
53° 9.226' N, 006° 3.663' W
This is situated immediately outside of the harbour entrance.


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.


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 Greystones for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Bray Harbour - 2.3 miles NNW
  2. Sorrento Point - 4.4 miles N
  3. Dalkey Sound - 4.5 miles N
  4. Dún Laoghaire Harbour - 5.8 miles NNW
  5. Wicklow Harbour - 6.3 miles S
  6. Dublin Port (Poolbeg Marina) - 7.9 miles NNW
  7. Balscadden Bay - 8.8 miles N
  8. Howth - 9 miles N
  9. Carrigeen Bay - 9.4 miles N
  10. Malahide - 11.4 miles N
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Bray Harbour - 2.3 miles NNW
  2. Sorrento Point - 4.4 miles N
  3. Dalkey Sound - 4.5 miles N
  4. Dún Laoghaire Harbour - 5.8 miles NNW
  5. Wicklow Harbour - 6.3 miles S
  6. Dublin Port (Poolbeg Marina) - 7.9 miles NNW
  7. Balscadden Bay - 8.8 miles N
  8. Howth - 9 miles N
  9. Carrigeen Bay - 9.4 miles N
  10. Malahide - 11.4 miles N
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How to get in?
Greystones Harbour Marina
Image: Greystones Harbour Marina


Greystones Harbour is a coastal town and seaside resort situated two miles south of Bray Head. It has a 100 berth marina, growing to 230 berths, that caters for vessels from 6 to 30 metres. In settled conditions, small craft can anchor temporarily north of the entrance.




Northern Approach Vessels approaching from the north will encounter Bray Head about 12 miles north by west of the harbour. The remarkable 237-metre high headland is fronted by bold precipitous cliffs along the face of which runs a railway. The resort town of Bray, situated about 1.2 miles north by northwest of the head, will be seen fronted by a small boat harbour and town terraces plus buildings that are prominent from seaward.

Coastal hugging vessels should stand half a mile off Bray Head. A drying reef called Periwinkle Rock fringes the foot of the headland’s northeastern side and the outlying ‘Crab Rocks’ extends 150 metres north-eastward from this. One hundred metres off the headlands southeastern most point is ‘Cable Rock’ that dries to 2 metres.

Crab Rocks - unmarked position: 53° 11’.800’N, 006° 05.100’W

Cable Rock - unmarked position: 53° 10.523’N, 006° 04.185’W

From Cable Rock to Greystones Harbour there are no further offshore obstructions.


Eastern Approach Vessels approaching from the east need to pass through the outer banks that line the coast from Dublin to Rosslare Harbour. The offshore Codling Bank may be rounded to the north, between it and the Bray Bank, where the East Codling buoy provides a good mark. Or to the south between it and India Bank where the South Codling cardinal mark provides a good mark. In rough weather rounding Codling Bank to the south would be preferable and then heading up inside from there as directed below.

East Codling – port buoy Fl (4) R 10s position: 53° 8.517' N, 005° 47.126' W

South Codling – South Cardinal Mark VQ (6) + LFl 10s position: 53° 4.730' N, 005° 49.784' W




Southern Approach Vessels approaching from the south, will encounter the prominent Wicklow Head about 12 miles south by southeast of Greystones. The head is readily identified by its two old lighthouses on its summit, plus the white walls and buildings on the seaward slope near the present lighthouse.

Wicklow Head Lighthouse - Fl (3) 15s 23M position: 52° 57.947’N, 005° 59.889’W

Wicklow Harbour lies a mile and a half to the northwest of Wicklow Head fronted by two large piers. There is also a light buoy marking an outfall pipeline situated almost a mile northeast from the shore.

Wicklow Outflow Buoy - Fl (4) Y 10s position: 52° 59.541’N, 006° 01.295’W

The currents set strongly off Wicklow Head and attain a velocity of about 4 kn in both directions. If on a fair tide keep east of the Horseshoe marker as there are lots of back-eddies to slow progress inside. The northbound flood forms a weak counter-current between the headland and Wicklow Harbour.

From Wicklow to Bray Head, a distance of 12 miles, the coast is composed of a low shingly beach along which runs the railway. There is a beach all the way that is only broken by a short rocky stretch around Greystones. The coast here is steep-to and a distance off of 200 metres clears all dangers except when rounding Six Mile Point, where a distance off of 400 metres would be preferable.

Two small shoals lay offshore on the approach path from Wicklow Head. These are deep enough to be of little concern to a sailing vessel and are often ignored. Leisure vessels may pass inside of these banks where a least depth to be found is 5 metres of water keeping about a quarter of a mile from the shore. However, in strong onshore conditions, it is better to sail to the east of the buoys that mark these shoals.

About three miles south by southeast of Greystones is the Breaches Shoal that has a depth of 5 metres. Located about a quarter of a mile east of The Breaches is its port hand marker buoy.

Breaches - Red Buoy Fl (2) R 6s position: 53° 05.721'N, 005° 59.856’W

Just over a mile to the southeast of Greystones is the Moulditch Bank, with 3.8 metres of water. It is an irregular patch of coarse gravel and large stones, extending nearly a mile and a quarter from the shore and is marked by a port hand marker buoy situated a third of a mile east of the bank.

Moulditch - Red Buoy Fl R 10s position: 53° 08.430'N, 006° 01.230’W

The tide rushing over the Moulditch causes overfalls which extend beyond the limits of the bank.

Inside the Moulditch Bank the Greystones outfall marker buoy will be seen, about a mile to the southeast of Greystones harbour.

Greystones O/F – Yellow Fl Y 5s position: 53° 08.441'N, 006° 02.532’W




Initial fix location From the initial fix, immediately outside and to the northeast of the harbour entrance, the harbour’s two large round piers will be readily apparent. By night the northwest side of the entrance Fl. G 5s, the southeast side of the entrance Fl. R 5s.

Haven location Continue through the harbours northeast facing entrance and into the outer basin where 5 metres of water will be found.

Swing to starboard inside to enter the marina and berth as directed by the marina office. The harbour is very straightforward but can be difficult to approach in the following seaway of a robust northeasterly. Likewise at night in the absence of leading lights, the pierhead lights can be difficult to pick out.

In settled conditions, an exposed anchorage is available off the North Beach to the north of the harbour. It only offers protection from the west round to the southwest.
Please note

The combination of funnelling winds from nearby mountain ranges and strong tides make this a location where it would be advisable not to leave a boat unattended for any length of time.




Why visit here?
Greystones, in Irish Na Clocha Liatha a direct translation Na Clocha the stones liatha derived from léith meaning grey, takes its name from the one kilometre stretch of grey Cambrian rocks on its seafront. Apart from this short rocky stretch fronting the town the beach is unbroken all the way from Bray Head to Wicklow Harbour.

Marked on the old maps as ‘The Grey Stones’ the northern end of rocks would have afforded shelter to small open fishing boats operating off this length of the beach. In these early times, there was no town, not even a village and the fishermen would have lived in dwellings scattered around the hinterlands.

Yet this was to be the kernel of the town of Greystones and it became known as a fishing hamlet. The 1795 ‘Topographia Hibernica’ stated that “Greystones is a noted fishing village four miles beyond Bray. The herrings first brought into Dublin are usually taken by the fishing boats from this place”. In 1801 Robert Fraser writes, “At Greystones I found a fine natural harbour and an excellent roadstead for ships of any burden from fishing vessels to the largest frequenting the seas”. Wright’s 1834 Guide to Wicklow describes The Grey Stones as a small fishing hamlet with a preventive water guard stationed and seven fishing families residing here.

Fifty years later, between 1885 and 1897, the local people campaigned for the construction of a harbour to aid the fishing industry and the landing of imports such as coal. A jetty was built at the north end of The Grey Stones to encourage the fishing industry and local shipwrights, who grew to service the fleet and who had a reputation for building lucky boats. Despite these efforts, the tide of time quickly set in against the fleet of fishing schooners. By the beginning of the 20th century, they found themselves unable to compete with the steam trawlers landing their catches much nearer to the Dublin markets. The final blow came in October 1911 when a sudden and unexpected storm blew into the harbour. It ran ashore and wrecked the bulk of its fleet of schooners taking most of its fishing industry with it. By then, however, Greystones’ development had taken on an entirely different direction.




Between the years of 1854 to 1856, the railroad had come to Greystones and this more than anything put the town on the map. In 1835 the Dublin and Kingstown railway line opened and it was subsequently extended to Dalkey and then to Bray. Here the engineers came up against the obstacle of Bray Head. The celebrated engineer Brunel resolved the problem by constructing a single line with several tunnels to continue the line around the head and south as far as Wicklow.


The railway placed Greystones within easy reach of Dublin making it an attractive seaside resort in the summer season. During the first decade of the present century, most of the houses in Greystones were built to cater for summer let holiday trade. In the latter half of the twentieth century, cars and petrol became widely available, and Greystones then began to gradually expand, filling in the space between itself and outlying areas.

Today Greystones has a permanent population of about 15,000 and continues its role of a vibrant seaside town. The spectacular Wicklow countryside, known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’ provides just as much a visitor attraction as its beaches, but it is not necessary to go far to find interest. The town itself offers a large variety of shops, supermarkets for food and provisions, boutiques, cafes, bars and a number of restaurants catering for all tastes. The moderate Cliff Walk, following the railway line for about 7 kilometres around Bray Head to Bray, is a must for any visitor. Likewise, a walk southwards along the shore of the broad sandy kilometre long Blue Flag South Beach is just as much a pleasure.

Sunset over the Wicklow Mountains
Image: Greystones Harbour Marina


From a sailing perspective, Greystones is an ideal location to pick up or drop off crew with its excellent transport connections to Dublin. It also makes for a good provisioning point. Being on Dublin’s doorstep, with a totally secure berth and excellent transport, it is an excellent destination to explore Dublin and return to a quiet rural location at the end of the day.


What facilities are available?
The marina has water, shore power and its boatyard has a 30 ton hoist and hard standing storage. Supplies of all sorts may be obtained in the small town of Greystones – shops, filling station, banks, ATMs, chemists, doctor etc. Similarly, as it is a major tourist town, there is a focus on recreation - pubs, restaurants, evening entertainment, etc.

Situated just 27 km south of Dublin Greystones has excellent transport connections. Greystones railway station is the southern terminus of the DART railway line, a service which connects thirty stations along Dublin's east coast. Iarnród Éireann diesel Commuter and InterCity trains also serve Greystones, linking the town with Wicklow, Arklow, Gorey, Wexford, and Rosslare Europort to the south, and Dublin's Connolly Station to the north. In terms of buses Greystones is served by the 84, 184, and 84X Dublin Bus routes.

By road Greystones is accessible from the N11 Dublin-Wexford road; a new interchange constructed near Charlesland connects with the town via a dual carriageway.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred in Greystones.


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


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About Greystones

Greystones, in Irish Na Clocha Liatha a direct translation Na Clocha the stones liatha derived from léith meaning grey, takes its name from the one kilometre stretch of grey Cambrian rocks on its seafront. Apart from this short rocky stretch fronting the town the beach is unbroken all the way from Bray Head to Wicklow Harbour.

Marked on the old maps as ‘The Grey Stones’ the northern end of rocks would have afforded shelter to small open fishing boats operating off this length of the beach. In these early times, there was no town, not even a village and the fishermen would have lived in dwellings scattered around the hinterlands.

Yet this was to be the kernel of the town of Greystones and it became known as a fishing hamlet. The 1795 ‘Topographia Hibernica’ stated that “Greystones is a noted fishing village four miles beyond Bray. The herrings first brought into Dublin are usually taken by the fishing boats from this place”. In 1801 Robert Fraser writes, “At Greystones I found a fine natural harbour and an excellent roadstead for ships of any burden from fishing vessels to the largest frequenting the seas”. Wright’s 1834 Guide to Wicklow describes The Grey Stones as a small fishing hamlet with a preventive water guard stationed and seven fishing families residing here.

Fifty years later, between 1885 and 1897, the local people campaigned for the construction of a harbour to aid the fishing industry and the landing of imports such as coal. A jetty was built at the north end of The Grey Stones to encourage the fishing industry and local shipwrights, who grew to service the fleet and who had a reputation for building lucky boats. Despite these efforts, the tide of time quickly set in against the fleet of fishing schooners. By the beginning of the 20th century, they found themselves unable to compete with the steam trawlers landing their catches much nearer to the Dublin markets. The final blow came in October 1911 when a sudden and unexpected storm blew into the harbour. It ran ashore and wrecked the bulk of its fleet of schooners taking most of its fishing industry with it. By then, however, Greystones’ development had taken on an entirely different direction.




Between the years of 1854 to 1856, the railroad had come to Greystones and this more than anything put the town on the map. In 1835 the Dublin and Kingstown railway line opened and it was subsequently extended to Dalkey and then to Bray. Here the engineers came up against the obstacle of Bray Head. The celebrated engineer Brunel resolved the problem by constructing a single line with several tunnels to continue the line around the head and south as far as Wicklow.


The railway placed Greystones within easy reach of Dublin making it an attractive seaside resort in the summer season. During the first decade of the present century, most of the houses in Greystones were built to cater for summer let holiday trade. In the latter half of the twentieth century, cars and petrol became widely available, and Greystones then began to gradually expand, filling in the space between itself and outlying areas.

Today Greystones has a permanent population of about 15,000 and continues its role of a vibrant seaside town. The spectacular Wicklow countryside, known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’ provides just as much a visitor attraction as its beaches, but it is not necessary to go far to find interest. The town itself offers a large variety of shops, supermarkets for food and provisions, boutiques, cafes, bars and a number of restaurants catering for all tastes. The moderate Cliff Walk, following the railway line for about 7 kilometres around Bray Head to Bray, is a must for any visitor. Likewise, a walk southwards along the shore of the broad sandy kilometre long Blue Flag South Beach is just as much a pleasure.

Sunset over the Wicklow Mountains
Image: Greystones Harbour Marina


From a sailing perspective, Greystones is an ideal location to pick up or drop off crew with its excellent transport connections to Dublin. It also makes for a good provisioning point. Being on Dublin’s doorstep, with a totally secure berth and excellent transport, it is an excellent destination to explore Dublin and return to a quiet rural location at the end of the day.

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:
Wicklow Harbour - 6.3 miles S
Arklow - 13.4 miles S
Courtown Harbour - 19.3 miles S
Cahore (Polduff) - 21.9 miles S
Wexford Harbour - 31.5 miles SSW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Bray Harbour - 2.3 miles NNW
Sorrento Point - 4.4 miles N
Dalkey Sound - 4.5 miles N
Dún Laoghaire Harbour - 5.8 miles NNW
Dublin Port (Poolbeg Marina) - 7.9 miles NNW

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Michael Byrne wrote this review on Jun 13th 2019:

Nobody expects boating to be for free, but the marina fees here a possibly the highest in the country.

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