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Howth is an artificial harbour on the east coast of Ireland and is situated on the north side of the Howth peninsula that is the northeast point of entrance to Dublin Bay. The harbour is situated beneath the rocky island of Ireland’s Eye that lies close offshore. It is a centre for fishing and yachting that has excellent leisure boat facilities and a marina operated by Howth Yacht Club.

Howth affords complete protection. The harbour provides safe access in all reasonable conditions, night and day, at any stage of the tide. However special care should be taken when swell is running in the sound during east to southeast gales. Craft with very deep drafts should stay centre channel on the marina approach during low water springs.
Please note

The popularity of Howth's sailing events can often result in the club’s visitor berthing capabilities being overwhelmed. It is therefore advisable to get in touch with the club in the days preceding any planned visit.




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Keyfacts for Howth
Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWater available via tapWaste disposal bins availableDiesel fuel available alongsidePetrol available alongsideGas availableMini-supermarket or supermarket availableExtensive shopping available in the areaSlipway availableLaundry facilities 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 locationCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaInternet via a wireless access point availableDoctor or hospital in the areaPharmacy in the areaChandlery available in the areaTrolley or cart available for unloading and loadingHaul-out capabilities via arrangementBoatyard with hard-standing available here; covered or uncoveredScrubbing posts or a place where a vessel can dry out for a scrub below the waterlineMarine engineering services available in the areaRigging services available in the areaElectronics or electronic repair available in the areaSail making or sail repair servicesBus service available in the areaTrain or tram service available in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometresCar hire available in the areaHandicapped access supportedShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationMarina or pontoon berthing facilitiesAnchoring locationQuick and easy access from open waterNavigation lights to support a night approachSailing Club baseSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: can get overwhelmed by visiting boats during peak periodsNote: harbour fees may be charged

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
2 metres (6.56 feet).

Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
September 20th 2020

Summary

A completely protected location with safe access.

Facilities
Water hosepipe available alongsideWater available via tapWaste disposal bins availableDiesel fuel available alongsidePetrol available alongsideGas availableMini-supermarket or supermarket availableExtensive shopping available in the areaSlipway availableLaundry facilities 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 locationCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaInternet via a wireless access point availableDoctor or hospital in the areaPharmacy in the areaChandlery available in the areaTrolley or cart available for unloading and loadingHaul-out capabilities via arrangementBoatyard with hard-standing available here; covered or uncoveredScrubbing posts or a place where a vessel can dry out for a scrub below the waterlineMarine engineering services available in the areaRigging services available in the areaElectronics or electronic repair available in the areaSail making or sail repair servicesBus service available in the areaTrain or tram service available in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometresCar hire available in the areaHandicapped access supportedShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationMarina or pontoon berthing facilitiesAnchoring locationQuick and easy access from open waterNavigation lights to support a night approachSailing Club baseSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: can get overwhelmed by visiting boats during peak periodsNote: harbour fees may be charged



 +353 1 8392777     HM  +353 1 8322252      marina@hyc.ie      Ch.M, 80
Position and approaches
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Haven position

53° 23.647' N, 006° 4.012' W

Howth harbour east pier light tower. A 13 metre tall white and red beacon at the end of the harbour’s northernmost breakwater F1. (2) W.R. 7.5 sec 13m W12M.

What are the initial fixes?

The following waypoints will set up a final approach:

(i) Howth Sound Initial Fix

53° 24.500' N, 006° 4.665' W

This leads through into Howth Sound and passed through the fairway on a line of bearing of 158° T that may be seen by aligning the Martello Tower, situated in the southeast corner of Howth harbours, aligned against the eastern side of the harbour entrance.

(ii) Howth Fairway Initial Fix

53° 23.665' N, 006° 3.256' W

This waypoint sets up a final approach from the southeast (south around Irelands Eye). This is located 400 metres south of the Rowan Rocks east cardinal Q(3) 10 sec and vessels approaching from the north must keep to seward of this cardinal.
Please note

Initial fixes only set up their listed targets. Do not plan to sail directly between initial fixes as a routing sequence.




What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in eastern Ireland’s Coastal Overview from Strangford Lough to Dublin Bay Route location. Details for vessels approaching from the south are available in eastern Ireland’s coastal overview from 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 Howth for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Balscadden Bay - 0.3 miles SSE
  2. Carrigeen Bay - 0.4 miles NNW
  3. Malahide - 2.9 miles NW
  4. Talbot’s Bay - 3.5 miles NNE
  5. Seal Hole Bay - 3.8 miles NNE
  6. The Boat Harbour - 3.8 miles N
  7. Dublin Port - 3.8 miles WSW
  8. Dún Laoghaire Harbour - 3.9 miles SSW
  9. Saltpan Bay - 3.9 miles NNE
  10. Rogerstown Inlet - 4.5 miles NNW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Balscadden Bay - 0.3 miles SSE
  2. Carrigeen Bay - 0.4 miles NNW
  3. Malahide - 2.9 miles NW
  4. Talbot’s Bay - 3.5 miles NNE
  5. Seal Hole Bay - 3.8 miles NNE
  6. The Boat Harbour - 3.8 miles N
  7. Dublin Port - 3.8 miles WSW
  8. Dún Laoghaire Harbour - 3.9 miles SSW
  9. Saltpan Bay - 3.9 miles NNE
  10. Rogerstown Inlet - 4.5 miles NNW
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What's the story here?
Howth Harbour
Image: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen via CC BY-SA 2.0


Howth Harbour is situated on the north shore of the Ben of Howth peninsula, nearly a mile to the northwest of the Nose of Howth. It is formed by two piers, East and West, that run out from the shore towards Ireland’s Eye a small barron island immediately offshore. Within its outer arms, is a central Trawler Pier Breakwater which curves out from the head of the harbour to divide the fishing port, on the west side, from a separate marina that kies behind a separate Marina Breakwater on the east. The town of Howth is located at the head of the harbour. The harbour is predominantly a fishing port with some processing performed in the fishing harbour area, and some boat maintenance. It is also a major small craft and yachting centre.

Leisure craft are not accommodated in the Trawler Basin and the Harbour Master controls movement and berthing within the harbour. Visiting vessels may berth in the marina that is operated by Howth Yacht Club.

Yachts are requested to contact Howth Yacht Club before entering the harbour. However, as the marina is subject to overcrowding it is highly advisable to contact the marina office in the days before any intended arrival. The marina office maintains a 24-hour listening watch on VHF Ch M (37A) and Ch 80, Landline+353 (0)1 839 2777, E-mailmarina@hyc.ie.

It is also possible to anchor immediately outside of the entrance to the west of the West Pier head.


How to get in?
Convergance Point Ireland’s Coastal Overview from Strangford Lough to Dublin Bay Route location provide approach details. Vessels approaching from the south can also avail of the Dublin Bay to Rosslare Harbour Route location coastal overview.

From seaward the Ben Of Howth is the key mark rising abruptly on the north side of Dublin Bay and is the most prominent feature. The east side of the Ben of Howth is steep-to as is most of the headland around to the Nose of Howth. The exceptions are close in about 400 to 1,200 metres north of the Bailey, and at Casana Rock situated 800 metres south of the Nose where a distance-off of 50 metres is recommended. Immediately northwest of the Nose there is a drying rock that lies about 50 metres outside Puck's Rocks.

A mile to the northwest of the nose is Howth Harbour that is easily distinguished by its East Pier light tower. This is a 13 metre tall white and red beacon at the end of the harbour’s northernmost breakwater.

Howth East Pier - Fl (2) W.R. 7.5 sec 13m W12M position: 53° 23.647'N, 006° 4.012'W

The small island of Ireland’s Eye is situated close north of the harbour. About a ¼ of a mile southeast of Ireland’s Eye, or more appropriately Thulla the small 2 metres high outcrop, is the Rowan Rocks east cardinal buoy. Between this and Howth East Pier is the starboard hand Howth Buoy, F1.G 5, where the initial fix is positioned.



Howth Buoy - Starboard hand F1.G 5 sec position: 53° 23.727N, 6° 03.593W

Howth Harbour may be accessed by passing around either side of Ireland’s Eye. The normal route is to pass around the island’s eastern or seward side and approach the harbour around its southern end. The north and east sides of Ireland’s Eye are steep-too, with 8 and 12 metres water at a 100 metres out from the rocks. The 'Howth Fairway initial fix' sets up this principal approach. It is also possible for a vessel approaching from the north to pass inside the island to the hartbour. The 'Howth Sound Initial Fix' sets up this route.
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