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Silver Strand

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Silver Strand is a small bay situated on the east side of the Inishowen Peninsula just outside the entrance to Lough Foyle, immediately to the southwest of Warren Lighthouse, on the north coast of Ireland. It offers an anchorage which lies off the adjacent beach in attractive surroundings.

The good anchorage at Silver Strand lies in the lee of the peninsula and affords protection in winds from the west through north to east, but is exposed to southerly winds. The access to the anchorage is straightforward in all reasonable conditions and although tidal streams are occasionally strong, Silver Strand is accessible at all states of the tides.
Please note

The anchorage lies adjacent to the ¾ of a mile wide Port of Londonderry Commercial Shipping Channel, which is supported by the estuary's lighthouse with its sectored light.




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Keyfacts for Silver Strand
Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPleasant family beach in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration

Protected sectors

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

Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.



Last modified
July 19th 2018

Summary

A good location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPleasant family beach in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration



Position and approaches
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Haven position

55° 12.464' N, 006° 57.622' W

This is the middle of the bay in approximately 3 metres of water.

What are the initial fixes?

The following waypoints will set up a final approach:

(i) Lough Foyle South Channel Initial Fix

55° 11.760' N, 006° 57.084' W

Midway between the shore and the southern edge of the Tuns Bank in the narrowest part of the South Channel in approximately 10 metres of water.

(ii) Lough Foyle North Channel Initial Fix

55° 14.155' N, 006° 53.700' W

One mile east of Inishowen Head and 400 metres northwest of Red Tuns Light (port hand) Buoy F1. R.3s. It is set on the 222° line of bearing of the Martello tower on Magilligan Point that leads into the North Channel.
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 the northeast Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Malin Head to Strangford Lough Route location.

  • Lough Foyle’s approaches, the run up the lough to the River Foyle and beyond are detailed in the Foyle Port Marina (Derry City) Click to view haven entry.

  • Once outside the entrance to Lough Foyle look for the Warren Lighthouse to identify the bight but do not enter its northeast end as it is completely foul.



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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 Silver Strand for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Cornashamma Bay - 0.3 miles NE
  2. Greencastle - 0.6 miles WSW
  3. Magilligan Point - 0.7 miles SSW
  4. White Bay - 1 miles NE
  5. Portnocker - 1.2 miles NE
  6. Portkill - 1.4 miles NNE
  7. Moville - 1.9 miles WSW
  8. Kinnagoe Bay - 2.2 miles NNW
  9. Carrickarory Pier - 2.3 miles WSW
  10. Tremone Bay - 3.4 miles NW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Cornashamma Bay - 0.3 miles NE
  2. Greencastle - 0.6 miles WSW
  3. Magilligan Point - 0.7 miles SSW
  4. White Bay - 1 miles NE
  5. Portnocker - 1.2 miles NE
  6. Portkill - 1.4 miles NNE
  7. Moville - 1.9 miles WSW
  8. Kinnagoe Bay - 2.2 miles NNW
  9. Carrickarory Pier - 2.3 miles WSW
  10. Tremone Bay - 3.4 miles NW
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How to get in?


Silver Strand is located within a bight on the Inishowen Peninsula situated immediately outside the entrance to Lough Foyle.


Convergance Point Entered between Magilligan Point and the Inishowen shore, Lough Foyle’s approaches, the run up the lough to the River Foyle and beyond are detailed in the Foyle Port Marina (Derry City) Click to view haven entry.

Once outside the entrance it is simply a matter of finding the Silver Strand Bay bight that is situated directly north of Magilligan Point on the Inishowen side. The Warren Lighthouse, a round white tower F1 1.5s 8m 4M with a green abutment, marks the northeast end of the bight. But this end of the bight must not be approached as it has drying rock that extends 400 metres south-eastward from the Warren Lighthouse narrowing the anchoring area to the southwestern end.




Haven location Slowly feel your way into Silver Strand Bay's southwest end and anchor according to draft where good holding will be found in sand. Land on the beach by tender.


Why visit here?
Silver Strand derives its name from the nearby Silver Strand Ropeworks that produces rope and twine for the local farming and fishing activities. However, those who anchor here will find the area anything but industrial.




Boats lying at anchorage here will have a view directly across to the Magilligan Penninsula behind which stand the escarpments of Binevenagh, and the irregular curved line of the North Derry Uplands in the background. Indeed the entire north coast as far as Benbane Head, Knocklayd, and inland of Ballycastle on the far horizon, are all visible. Looking to the south, the full sweep of the north Derry Uplands links up with the Sperrin Mountains where Sawel and Dart both appear beyond the lower hills to the east of Loughermore.


Likewise, those who land will be greeted by the magnificent landscape of eastern Inishowen. The local area is occasionally wooded but is generally bright with wildflowers and hedges; fuchsia, bird's foot trefoil, meadowsweet, tufted vetch and foxgloves. None of this wild flora will be seen immediately ashore as the anchorage is situated on the edge of the perfectly manicured local golf links of one of Ireland's oldest and most idyllic golf courses of Greencastle Golf Club. It was founded in 1892 has been a popular destination for golfers from across the world. Hence golfers who choose to anchor here will have a particular treat at this location.




From a specific boating perspective, Silver Strand makes for an excellent passage anchorage in a beautiful location, or an ideal location to await a favourable tide to enter Lough Foyle.


What facilities are available?
Silver Strand Bay has no facilities and the nearest supplies can be found in the separately covered fishing village of Greencastle Click to view haven or the small town of Moville Click to view haven. An alternative is the small village of Stroove a few miles north of the village of Greencastle off the R238.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored at Silver Strand.


With thanks to:
Bill McCann, Londonderry Harbour Master. Images with thanks to Little Films and Brian Deeney of Donegal Cottage Holidays.


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