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Dundalk Harbour is situated on the northeast coast of Ireland, four miles up the Castletown River that flows through drying sandbanks and training walls into Dundalk Bay. The industrial quays are not set up for pleasure craft and are less than prepossessing. However, leisure vessels are welcome to berth alongside and or take to the ground on soft mud.

Dundalk and the Castletown River provide a vessel with complete protection from all conditions. Copious commercial channel markings and lights make access straightforward in moderate and all offshore winds. With onshore winds, the Castletown River entrance is more challenging. Unfamiliar boats visiting in conditions from southeast round to east to north-northeast should not attempt the entrance in anything above a force four. The southeast is the worst condition for the entrance where dangerous seas build upon the extensive bar.
Please note

Vessels considering Dundalk require a reliable and capable engine to work the channel.

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Keyfacts for Dundalk
Water available via tapDiesel fuel available alongsideTop up fuel available in the area via jerry cansMini-supermarket or supermarket availableExtensive shopping available in the areaLaundry facilities availableShore based toilet facilitiesHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaInternet café in the areaDoctor or hospital in the areaBus service available in the areaTrain or tram service available in the areaCar hire available in the areaTourist Information office available

Urban nature,  anything from a small town of more 5,000 inhabitants  to a large cityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pier

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
1 metres (3.28 feet).

4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers. <