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Ardgroom Harbour

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Ardgroom is situated on the south side of the Kenmare River directly opposite Sneem, in Co. Cork on the southwest coast of Ireland. The land-locked harbour offers an excellent overnight anchorage with protection from all conditions.

However, Ardgroom requires highly involved navigation as the intricate entrance, over a rocky 2.4-metre bar, utilises transit beacons that are now grey or obscured by trees and very hard to see - particularly so in the early part of the day with the sun in the east. This makes it a testing exercise for the first visit, with daylight and settled conditions a prerequisite.
Please note

The harbour is full of rocks, spits and marine farms that are often very close to the leading lines so they must be very carefully followed.




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Keyfacts for Ardgroom Harbour
Facilities
Gas availableTop up fuel available in the area via jerry cansShop with basic provisions availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinitySet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
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).

Approaches
1 stars: Highly involved navigation; complex dangers that require arduous navigation, good visibility and settled conditions.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
May 18th 2018

Summary

A completely protected location with highly involved navigation required for access.

Facilities
Gas availableTop up fuel available in the area via jerry cansShop with basic provisions availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinitySet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: fish farming activity in the vicinity of this location



Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 45.230' N, 009° 52.666' W

In the centre of the anchorage off the pier.

What is the initial fix?

The following Ardgroom initial fix will set up a final approach:
51° 46.000' N, 009° 52.863' W
This waypoint is 400 meters north of Dog Point, on the 135 degree bearing leading onto the Halftide Rock beacon (800 metres out).


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 Ardgroom Harbour for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Kilmakilloge Harbour - 1.2 miles ENE
  2. Sneem Harbour - 2.1 miles N
  3. Ballycrovane Harbour - 2.4 miles SW
  4. Mill Cove - 3.7 miles S
  5. Castletownbere (Castletown Bearhaven) - 4 miles S
  6. West Cove - 4.1 miles W
  7. Adrigole - 4.5 miles SE
  8. Dunboy Bay & Traillaun Harbour - 4.6 miles SSW
  9. Lawrence Cove - 4.6 miles SSE
  10. Lonehort Harbour - 4.7 miles SSE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Kilmakilloge Harbour - 1.2 miles ENE
  2. Sneem Harbour - 2.1 miles N
  3. Ballycrovane Harbour - 2.4 miles SW
  4. Mill Cove - 3.7 miles S
  5. Castletownbere (Castletown Bearhaven) - 4 miles S
  6. West Cove - 4.1 miles W
  7. Adrigole - 4.5 miles SE
  8. Dunboy Bay & Traillaun Harbour - 4.6 miles SSW
  9. Lawrence Cove - 4.6 miles SSE
  10. Lonehort Harbour - 4.7 miles SSE
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How to get in?
Yacht anchored off Pallas Quay in Ardgroom Harbour
Image: Graham Rabbits


The land-locked harbour Ardgroom Harbour on the south shore, offers protection from all conditions in a capacious land-locked area, with 2 to 6 metres of water. However, Ardgroom has an intricate entrance, over a rocky 2.4 metres bar, that utilises transit beacons, the first of which is often obscured by trees and very hard to see. This makes it a testing exercise for the first visit where daylight and settled conditions a prerequisite. Vessels are advised to come in under power with a good bearing compass and binoculars to hand.


Convergance Point Ardgroom harbour is easily identified from the Kenmare River by Dog Point, rising to a height of 62 metres. The entrance is located between Dog Point and Carravaniheen, 900 metres to the northwest of the point. From there simply follow the three sets of leading beacons accurately, making sure you pick up the next pair in plenty of time so you don’t overrun the intersection points. The three leading lines for entry are as follows:

  • (i) A 135° T track leading into the single Halftide Rock Beacon that is passed on its northern side.

  • (ii) Then the 099° leading line provided by the first pair of beacons of the Black Rock Beacon front and the rear in the trees about ½ a mile behind. It is the latter rear beacon that is sometimes made inconspicuous by bushes in Ardgroom. Even when cut back they tend to hide it from view and it will, most likely, be seen when the intersection point has been reached.

  • (iii) Then following the 026° bearing off Yellow Rock in deep water for ½ a mile where the deep water of the inner harbour opens out.

We provide some waypoints below that will help to position the vessel for alignment. But do not rely on the waypoints to take a vessel in, only use them to help position your vessel to pick up the beacons.

Initial fix location From the initial fix turn on to the 135° T track leading you in onto the Halftide Rock Beacon.

Black Rock the lower and front of the first pair of leading beacons
Image: Graham Rabbits


The next waypoint is the charted intersection with the first 135° beacon leading to Halftide Rock and the second 099°/279° pair of beacons leading to Black Rock Beacon. It is approximately 80 metres northwest of the conspicuous black beacon by Half Tide rock where the vessel should turn to port.

Waypoint 135° and 099° leading bearings intersection point – position: 51°45.742N 009°52.441W

The following waypoint is the charted intersection with the second 099° beacon leading to Black Rock (white beacon) and the third 026°/206° (astern) leading line off Yellow Rock (dark concrete with faded black painted bands) into the harbour. It is approximately 120 metres west by northwest of the Black Rock beacon where you should be turning to starboard.

Waypoint 009° and 026° leading bearing intersection point – position: 51°45.655N 009°51.518W

The second pair of beacons 026° (astern inline) leading line off Yellow Rock
into the harbour

Image: Graham Rabbits


Then following the 026° pair of beacons fronted by Yellow Rock in deep water ½ a mile where you can turn westward into the harbour in deep water. You will probably find that you will be forced to turn to starboard a little sooner than this position due to encroaching fish farm string.

Waypoint 026° leading bearing end point – position: 51°45.205N 009°51.862W

Ardgroom Harbours extensive fish farms
Image: Burke Corbett


Haven location From there you just run along the seaward edge of the barrels that keep you clear of the shallows to the north. There is plenty of water in the western side of the harbour. Anchor to the east of the large Pallas quay. The bottom consists of sand/mud offering good holding but questionable around the shale bank near the harbour.

Pallas Quay, Ardgroom
Image: John Eagle



Why visit here?
It is a lovely bay with high ground on the south side and some beautiful views although it has been encroached on by fish farming.

Sunrise Ardgroom Harbour
Image: Graham Rabbits


There is a fine stone circle near the village and other monuments of the past in the vicinity and the area features on the Beara Way Long Distance Walking Route.

Ardgroom Stone Circle
Image: Ingo Mehling CC BY-SA 3.0


Due to the influence of the gulf-stream climate, you will see palm trees and bamboo thriving around these parts.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities in Ardgroom Harbour save for a new landing pier.


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


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


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Pallas Harbour, Ardgroom



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Add your review or comment:


Pietro Totaro wrote this review on May 11th 2018:

Hi,
actually, the first, 2nd and 3rd picture show Cleandra Harbour, out and 3 miles WSW from Ardgroom Harbour. The view in the third picture is from Shamrock Cliff and not from Droumard. Near Droumard, in fact, there is a nice pier on Ardgroom Harbour.
Kind regards,
Pietro

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Michael Harpur wrote this review on May 18th 2018:

Thank you that is so helpful. I have now put that to rights. Any other issues please let me know.

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