The bay offers good protection from north round through west to south and should it become exposed perfect protection may be obtained via a short move. Harbour access is straightforward at any stage of the tide but only during daylight and the bay is obstructed by a sand bar that requires a rise of the tide to pass over.
Keyfacts for Fahy Bay
Summary* Restrictions applyA good location with attentive navigation required for access.
Position and approaches
Haven position53° 33.539' N, 010° 0.753' W
This is the anchoring position in about 2.5 metres inside the sandbanks in Fahy Bay.
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What are the key points of the approach?
Not what you need?
- Ballynakill Harbour - 0.8 miles NE
- Cleggan Bay - 2.1 miles W
- Clifden - 2.8 miles S
- Clifden Boat Club - 2.9 miles SSW
- Little Killary Bay (Salrock) - 4.1 miles ENE
- Mannin Bay - 4.6 miles SSW
- Bofin Harbour - 4.8 miles WNW
- Inishturk - 5.7 miles NNW
- Bunowen Bay - 6.1 miles SSW
- Roundstone Bay - 6.4 miles SSE
What's the story here?
Image: James Stringer via CC BY-SA 2.0
Fahy Bay, known locally as Ross Bay, is one of the best anchorages of Ballynakill Harbour where a vessel may lie in great security out of the tide. The sequestered bay is entered over a bar that lies between Ross Point and Knocknahaw Point that is situated about ½ a mile southward.
The shallow bar dries in place to 0.2 metres on low springs so a rise of tide will be required to enter. Nevertheless, the bar lies in very sheltered waters and has several passages through it with charted depths of as much as 0.3 metres LAT. So it will not tame much of a rise to pass over and it would be possible for a yacht drawing as much as 1.5 metres to enter at LW neaps.
Fahy Bay is somewhat exposed to easterly conditions but it is only rough here in a southeasterly blow. This is not overly challenging as all that is required in these conditions is to move across to the small inlet south of Roeillaun, ¾ east-northeastward, that is accessible at half tide, has nearly 4 metres LAT at its centre and is perfectly protected from that quarter.
How to get in?Use western Ireland’s coastal overview from Slyne Head to Erris Head for approaches and the a
Anchor in 2 to 3 metres over excellent mud holding. The southern end of the bay is slightly deeper reaching charted depths of 3.7 metres. Boats that can take to the bottom may dry on the gravel beach at the head of the bay.
Why visit here?Fahy Bay is a snug berth that offers tranquillity. It is very secluded set in a rural hinterland. It is a good point for exploring the intricate bays in this area by tender.
What facilities are available?There are no facilities around the shoreline of this location, except freshwater is available from a pump in the yard of Ross Lodge House by arrangement with the owner.
At Tullycross, 2 Km from Derryinver Quay, there is a small supermarket and a pub and, 3 km away, at Letterfrack there is a provisions store, two pubs, a post office, and filling station. This is less than a kilometre from Keelkyle Quay. Also, at Moyard, 2 Km from Keelkyle Quay has an excellent shop for provisions, a post office, and gas refills are available. Major restocking or other services are likely to be found at Clifden 9 miles away.
With thanks to:PETER CRAVEN & Michael Harpur eOceanic.
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