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Garnish Bay is situated on the southern approach to the Kenmare River, one mile directly east from Dursey Sound around Garnish Point, in Co. Cork on the southwest coast of Ireland. The anchorage is partially protected by three rocky islands that lie close to the point - the northern most being Garnish Island and south-eastern most being Long Island.

Garnish Bay offers a tolerable anchorage in settled conditions with winds featuring a westerly component. The anchorage requires careful navigation around an unlit beacon and marine industry nets and pots, so it should only be approached in daylight.
Please note

This is not a location that could guarantee a good night’s sleep should conditions change, but it does provide an excellent lunch stop or a place to wait for a favourable tide through Dursey Sound. The problems with the anchorage are the numerous lobster, shrimp, crab and fish pots and nets that are starting to overwhelm the location. A vessel is at real risk of entanglement in these so you need to be particularly cautious of them. Should you experience conditions that Garnish Bay is exposed to from the northwest through north to east, a better option would be the Sneem location for better protection.

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Keyfacts for Garnish Bay
Slipway available

No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landing

Note: fish farming activity in the vicinity of this location

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
3 metres (9.84 feet).

2 stars: Careful navigation; good visibility and conditions with dangers that require careful navigation.
3 stars: Tolerable; in suitable conditions a vessel may be left unwatched and an overnight stay.

Last modified
May 14th 2018


A tolerable location with careful navigation required for access.

Slipway available

No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landing

Note: fish farming activity in the vicinity of this location

Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 36.894' N, 010° 7.526' W

An anchorage in the south west corner of the bay.

What is the initial fix?

The following Garnish Bay anchorage initial fix will set up a final approach:
51° 37.474' N, 010° 7.745' W
This waypoint is 400 metres northeast of Garnish Island and 1600 metres from the anchoring position.

What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southwestern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Mizen Head to Loop 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 Garnish Bay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Dursey Sound - 0.6 miles SW
  2. Dunboy Bay & Traillaun Harbour - 4.7 miles E
  3. Castletownbere (Castletown Bearhaven) - 5.2 miles ENE
  4. Ballycrovane Harbour - 5.4 miles NE
  5. Darrynane Harbour - 5.5 miles N
  6. West Cove - 6 miles NNE
  7. Mill Cove - 6.2 miles ENE
  8. Lawrence Cove - 7 miles E
  9. Lonehort Harbour - 7.6 miles E
  10. Ardgroom Harbour - 7.7 miles NE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. West Cove - 6 miles NNE
  2. Mill Cove - 6.2 miles ENE
  3. Lawrence Cove - 7 miles E
  4. Lonehort Harbour - 7.6 miles E
  5. Ardgroom Harbour - 7.7 miles NE
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Garnish Bay
Image: © Nikolai Jan Preuschoff

Garnish Bay lies on the north side of the Dursey promontory where the coast falls back to the east towards Kenmare River. Between Dursey Sound and Cod’s Head, situated nearly three miles to the east, it forms a deep bay, in which are two bays, that are visited by leisure craft. Garnish Bay is the first of these creeks, in the western corner of the bay, derives partial shelter from the three small rocky islands.

Its area is, however, much reduced by the Carrigduff Rock, that lies in the most sheltered part of the bay, uncovers at half-tide and is marked by a 5 to 7 metres high concrete beacon. Apart from that, the bay itself is relatively clear of rocks so you can come straight in from deep water for a choice of several locations at which to anchor.

Haven location The most protected anchorage lies between the western shore and Carrigduff concrete beacon in 5-7 metres. As this has the least swell and is convenient for dinghies to land at the slip in the boat harbour - the pier is not suitable for a vessel to come alongside - you will typically see many small boats moored in this location already. Try to find a patch of sand that is clear of kelp to anchor in and with the areas excellent water clarity this should be easy in bright conditions. Outside of the kelp the holding is good.

However, this anchorage can get a bit tight so an alternative anchorage is 200 metres south of the Carrigduff Beacon in 5-7 metres and good holding where there is more swinging room.

Alternatively, there is a small sandy beach in the southwest corner that provides three metres in sand and good holding. This is the haven position.
Please note

The big problem for navigation throughout this area are the numerous lobster, shrimp, crab and fish pots plus nets. The channel north of Carrigduff and south of Long Island (with a depth of 5 – 7 metres) appears to be kept clear but apart from that expect to find nets and pots throughout this area.

Why visit here?
Garnish Bay is an excellent staging point for Dursey Sound in a quiet secluded location surrounded by stone walled fields of grazing sheep and cattle. If you feel like striking out for a walk, Dursey’ cable is only two and a half kilometres from Garnish Bay.

This is a good location in settled weather to take a lunch break or to wait and catch the first tide going south through Dursey Sound. However, if conditions were to change, it is doubtful that you could rely on it for a good night's sleep.

What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at this location, except for a slip and boat harbour to land.

Any security concerns?
Never an incident known to have occurred in Garnish Bay.

With thanks to:
Burke Corbett, Gusserane, New Ross, Co. Wexford.

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