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Mill Cove

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Mill Cove is a tiny sea inlet on the southwest coast of Ireland, about two miles east of Glandore and three and a half miles northwest of Galley Head, in Co. Cork. It offers a secluded anchorage off a small quay about half way up the inlet.

The inlet provides an exposed anchorage that can be used in northerly components or offshore winds and is entirely open to the south. Daylight access is required to find the unmarked inlet and the passage through the rocks that are situated on either side of the entrance.
Please note

The anchorage is very small and shallow and only a realistic proposition for small boats and should be avoided by vessels larger than 10 metres. Shallow draft vessels or vessels that can take-to-the-hard will be able to make the best of the inlets limited protection.

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Keyfacts for Mill Cove
Facilities
Water available via tapSlipway available


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed

Protected sectors

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

Approaches
3 stars: Attentive navigation; daylight access with dangers that need attention.
Shelter
3 stars: Tolerable; in suitable conditions a vessel may be left unwatched and an overnight stay.



Last modified
May 8th 2018

Summary

A tolerable location with attentive navigation required for access.

Facilities
Water available via tapSlipway available


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed



Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 33.392' N, 009° 2.578' W

This is in the middle of the cove near the head of the quay.

What is the initial fix?

The following Mill Cove initial fix will set up a final approach:
51° 32.836' N, 009° 2.439' W
This a third of a mile outside the bay in deep water. A course of 350° T will lead towards he center of the bay.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southwestern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Cork Harbour to Mizen Head Route location.


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Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Mill Cove for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Tralong Bay - 0.4 miles WSW
  2. Rosscarbery Bay - 0.8 miles ENE
  3. Glandore - 1.9 miles W
  4. Rabbit Island - 2 miles WSW
  5. Squince Harbour - 2.2 miles WSW
  6. Dirk Bay - 2.4 miles ESE
  7. Blind Harbour - 2.9 miles WSW
  8. Castlehaven (Castletownshend) - 3.1 miles WSW
  9. Dunnycove Bay - 3.5 miles E
  10. Clonakilty Harbour (Ring) - 4.8 miles ENE
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Tralong Bay - 0.4 miles WSW
  2. Rosscarbery Bay - 0.8 miles ENE
  3. Glandore - 1.9 miles W
  4. Rabbit Island - 2 miles WSW
  5. Squince Harbour - 2.2 miles WSW
  6. Dirk Bay - 2.4 miles ESE
  7. Blind Harbour - 2.9 miles WSW
  8. Castlehaven (Castletownshend) - 3.1 miles WSW
  9. Dunnycove Bay - 3.5 miles E
  10. Clonakilty Harbour (Ring) - 4.8 miles ENE
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


How to get in?
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Less than a mile east of Tralong Bay, and just over a mile west-southwest of the Ross Carbery inlet, is the narrow Mill Cove. The conspicuous Black Rocks form a single drying cluster on the western side of the inlet and extend nearly 400 metres offshore. In offshore winds, the bay offers an anchorage to small yacht southwest of a pier within the inlet.

Convergance Point The Glandore Click to view haven entry provides approach directions for this general area.

Glandore Bay lies between Sheela Point and Galley Head, a distance of about 5¾ miles, and embraces Glandore Harbour, Rosscarbery Bay and some small inlets, of which Mill Cove is one. From seaward the bay can be difficult to identify for first-time visitors.



Western Approach Vessels approaching from the west, or Glandore area, will readily identify Mill Cove by following the shoreline past Tralong Bay, situated a mile from Goats Head, and the entrance to Mill Cove a further half a mile east. 500 metres off the shoreline from Glandore clears all dangers.



Eastern Approach Vessels approaching from the east will find it slightly more difficult to identify. The inlet has few if any distinctive marks from seaward. Likewise several of Castle Bay's recesses, situated immediately east, give the impression of being an inlet from seaward.



A good set of marks for the adjacent Castle Bay is the ruin of Downeen Castle that stands as a solitary figure on a pinnacle of rock on its eastern extremity. Inshore of this are the ruins of Tower Downeen Castle or North Downeen Castle, situated a third of a mile north by northeast on the skyline, plus a large red-roofed farm shed. Mill Cove is situated ¾ of a mile to the southwest of Downeen Castle round the headland that marks the southwestern extremity of Castle Bay. Keeping Castle Bay to the east, which has a few more identifiable features, assists in placing Mill Cove.

Initial fix location From the initial fix, approach the bays outer waters that are enclosed between rocks on either side. Covered rocks extend 200 metres off the eastern headland.



Further clusters of conspicuous high rocks, the 9 metres high Black Rock and 13 metres high Mill Cove Rocks, extend nearly 400 metres offshore to the west of Mill Cove.



The space between these outer rocks is a third of a mile wide so there is plenty of sea room.



From here the small, very narrow, south facing Mill Cove will become apparent at the head of a funnel.

Haven location The inlet itself is very narrow and depths decrease very quickly once the western headland is passed to port. A small quay will be seen in the northeast corner.



Anchor in sand according to draft and conditions. 3 metres will be found in the neck of the entrance and this shallows 1.5 metres to the southwest of the quay and less beyond. The head of the inlet is almost entirely taken up with small-boat moorings.
Land at the quay by dinghy.
Please note

Mill Cove is only suited to shallow draught craft, and its neighbour Tralong Bay is a better option for deep keeled yachts with more swing room.





What's the story here?
Mill Cove is a beautiful little cove and another settled weather berthing opportunity on this scenic coastline, albeit only for small boats. This quiet cove was once destined to be the harbour that would service a small town situated immediately inland at Ballyvireen. The project, envisioned by Sir Walter Coppinger, was terminated by the 1641 rebellion when his stronghold there was ransacked and burned.

The remains of Coppinger’s Elizabethan style house can be seen in Ballyvireen today. Coppinger was a well-known merchant and moneylender who acquired this and other large estates by assuming mortgages. His town plans would have brought him into conflict with traditional rural ways and he is therefore remembered, probably wrongly, as a lording despot who hung anyone who displeased him. It is said he erected a yard-arm to the gable end of the house for such purposes. Fables of his reign are legend and typified by the story of a widow who approached him for help with an errant son. After hearing her case he assured her that he would resolve the matter. The next day the widow was surprised to find her son had not returned home and soon found him swinging from Coppinger's gable end yard arm; Coppinger’s unilateral solution to all problems. It is said Coppinger himself died of a seizure brought on by the intense frustration of not being able to hang a wayward servant on the Sabbath day.

Whatever the truth the ruin of Coppinger's Court, or Ballyvireen House, can be seen today a short walk from Mill Cove. Built between the 1620s and 30s the house is rectangular in plan. It has two wings projecting from the eastern wall and another centrally aligned wing from the western wall, creating a total of nine gables. The strong house walls are filled with large windows, some at the highest levels still containing mullions and hood mouldings. So impressive was this house in its heyday that it was said to have had a window for every day of the year, a chimney for every week and a door for every month. The remains spark the imagination of the project for Mill Cove and Ballyvireen, and are well worth a short excursion up the valley to explore them.


What facilities are available?
Water is available at the quay and a slip, but there are no other facilities at this location.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel at Mill Cove.


With thanks to:
Burke Corbett, Gusserane, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Photography with thanks to Burke Corbett and Mike Searle.


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