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Listed locations follow the Donegal coastline in a clockwise direction. Their positions may be seen on a satellite image at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, if you're looking for shelter, facilities or a type of location within this county, try our find resources tool.

Donegal Town Harbour
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Donegal Bay is a large open bay off the North Atlantic Ocean situated between Johns Point and Mullagmore Head on the northwest coast of Ireland. Donegal harbour is an estuary off the bay that leads up to the town of Donegal, the business centre of the southern part of the County. The harbour offers a choice of several anchorages in pleasant surroundings with some moorings for visitors, and with the possibility of coming alongside the quays at Salt Hill and Donegal town. get full information »

Killybegs
A completely protected location with straightforward access. 2 metres LWS. Killybegs is a harbour inlet off McSwyne's Bay situated on the northern shore of Donegal Bay, approximately 13 miles (21kms) west of Donegal, in the northwest of Ireland. The town of Killybegs, which is Ireland's premier fishing port, is located on the western shore of the harbour about 2 miles within the entrance. The harbour affords a choice of anchorages, the best of which is to the northeast of the town with the opportunity for a short stay alongside berthing to the west end of the town pier after contacting the Harbour Master. Another reasonable anchorage for an overnight stay is in Walkers Bay to the northwest of the slip, on the east side of the entrance to Killybegs Harbour southeast of Rough Point which gives good shelter in southwest or west winds. get full information »

Teelin
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Teelin harbour is a picturesque inlet off the North Atlantic Ocean situated equidistance between Malin Beg Head 8 miles to the west and Killybegs 8 miles to the east, on the north coast of the approach to Donegal Bay on the northwest coast of Ireland. The small harbour affords a choice of anchorages with seasonal visitors moorings, as well as berths alongside the harbour pier if not already in use by the local fishermen. get full information »

White Strand Bay
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 5 metres LWS. White Strand Bay is a wide sandy horseshoe shaped inlet open to the south, situated to the east of Malin Beg Head and Malin Beg Bay, off the North Atlantic Ocean between Carrigan Head and Malin Beg Head, on the west coast of Ireland. It offers a temporary anchorage in pretty surroundings close to a superb sandy beach which is suitable for a dinghy landing. get full information »

Malin Beg Bay
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 1 metres LWS. Malin Beg Bay is a small inlet open to the south immediately east of Malin Beg Head, off the North Atlantic Ocean between Carrigan Head and Malin Beg Head on the west coast of Ireland. In good weather the bay affords a temporary anchorage in scenic surroundings with the opportunity of berthing alongside the small quay from which it is a 0.25 mile walk up to the village. get full information »

Rathlin O'Birne Island
A tolerable location with attentive navigation required for access. 5 metres LWS. Rathlin O'Birne Island is a tiny rocky island located in the North Atlantic Ocean a mile west of Malin Beg Head on the west coast of Ireland. It offers an anchorage north of the islands southeast corner with the opportunity of a dinghy landing at steps on the east side of the island, or on to a stoney beach in a sheltered bay in the northeast. get full information »

Glen Bay
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 7 metres LWS. Glen Bay is a small inlet off the North Atlantic Ocean situated between Gaveross Point and Rossan Point approximately 1.5 miles northeast of Malin More Head and about 11 miles northwest of Killybegs on the west coast of Ireland. In an area of outstanding scenic beauty the bay offers a temporary anchorage with the opportunity of a dinghy landing onto a beach from where it is a short walk up to the village of Glencolmkille. get full information »

Dawros Bay, Rossbeg
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Dawros Bay is a small inlet off the North Atlantic Ocean, part of the northern section of Loughros More Bay immediately to the east of Dawros Head situated between Dawros Head and Glenlough Point, on the west coast of Ireland. It offers a temporary anchorage for a short stay in pleasant surroundings, and affords the opportunity for a dinghy landing at the village pier of Rossbeg at the head of the bay. get full information »

Church Pool & Portnoo
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Church Pool is a bay on the southern coast of the larger Gweebara Bay which is situated between Dawros Head and Crohy Head on the northwest coast of Ireland. This small pretty bay lies to the east of Inishkeel Island and offers a safe anchorage with some moorings for visitors, and a further anchoring opportunity in settled weather in Portnoo Bay on the opposite side of Inishkeel Island. get full information »

Burtonport
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Burtonport is a west facing open inlet off the Atlantic Ocean situated on the mainland coast of Ireland about 2 miles to the east of Arran Island and 5 miles northwest of Dungloe. It is a small fishing village and holiday centre whose harbour can get very congested with fishing boats and ferry traffic. get full information »

Rutland Harbour & Island
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 5 metres LWS. Rutland Harbour is a piece of the channel between Inishcoo and Duck Island to the north of Rutland Island, and about half a mile from Burtonport on the mainland, on the northwest coast of Ireland. The harbour provides a safe mid channel anchorage, and at a small bay on the east side of the island a further anchorage is available to wait for an improvement in the weather. There is also an opportunity to berth at the old quay on the small islet at the southern end of the channel. get full information »

Arranmore Island
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Arranmore is an island of the North Atlantic Ocean on the northwest coast of Ireland lying 3 miles off the mainland port of Burtonport. It is a large island that has several good anchorages in scenic and spectacular surroundings, with the opportunity to come alongside the island's main pier or for a landing on a sandy beach. get full information »

Owey Island
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 5 metres LWS. Owey Island is an island of the North Atlantic Ocean located off the northwest coast of Ireland, just a short distance northwest of Cruit Island. Owey is a popular island with summer holiday homes that provides sailors with the opportunity for a landing at a slipway in a small cove at its northern end. get full information »

Cruit Bay
A good location with careful navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Cruit Bay is a small north facing inlet off the Atlantic Ocean on the northwest coast of Ireland about 40 miles west of Letterkenny. It offers a quiet and peaceful anchorage well into the bay, with the possibility of berthing alongside the quay or drying out at the pier. get full information »

Bunbeg, Gweedore Harbour
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Bunbeg is situated on the extreme northwest coast of Ireland about 30 miles west of Letterkenny at the mouth of the river that discharges into Gweedore Harbour. It is a small attractive fishing village with a harbour quay and several safe anchorages located nearby in a scenic environment. get full information »

Gola Island
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Gola Island is a small island located 10 miles south of Bloody Foreland and about 1 mile off the coast in the far north west of Ireland; and about two miles from the pier at Bunbeg. It offers anchorages around its shores in scenic locations with the possibilty of landings on the beach or at the island's pier. get full information »

Inishsirrer Island
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Inishsirrer Island is situated in the North Atlantic off the northwest coast of Ireland about 3 miles south of Bloody Foreland. The small and remote island offers an anchorage in tranquil and secluded surroundings with a possible landing at the island's jetty. get full information »

Toberglassan Bay, Inishbofin Island
A tolerable location with attentive navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Inishbofin, together with Inishdooey and Inishbeg are low lying offshore grassy islands situated in the North Atlantic extending from the mainland halfway towards Tory Island, to the east of Bloody Foreland off the north coast of Ireland. Inishboffin Bay offers a couple of anchorages when conditions are suitable with the opportunity of berthing alongside the pier at Inishboffin Island. A further anchorage is available on the east side of the island. get full information »

Tory Island
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 2 metres LWS. Tory Island, situated in the North Atlantic Ocean off the north west coast of Ireland, is the country's most remote community. It offers several anchorages to choose from, plus the option to berth alongside the jetty at the island's small harbour. get full information »

Tramore Bay
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 5 metres LWS. Tramore Bay is a crescent shaped open bay off the North Atlantic Ocean on the north coast of Ireland between Dooros Point and Ringboy Point. It offers an anchorage off a remote secluded bay in a scenic location, with the option of a beach landing. get full information »

Sheep Haven
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Sheep Haven is an inlet off the Atlantic Ocean on the north coast of Ireland. It offers several anchorages in a variety of bays set in peaceful rural surroundings, with some seasonal moorings off one of the village piers. get full information »

Mulroy Bay
A completely protected location with careful navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Mulroy Bay is an inlet off the North Atlantic Ocean on the north coast of Ireland about 10 miles north of Letterkenny. It is a large inlet in a peaceful and tranquil setting which offers several anchorages with possible berthing at the quay at Milford. get full information »

Pincher Bay, Lough Swilly
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Pincher Bay is a small bay located immediately south of Fanad Head on the western shore of the entrance to Lough Swilly. It is a spacious and quickly accessible bay that offers an anchorage in a scenic and rural setting. get full information »

Portsalon, Ballymastocker Bay, Lough Swilly
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Ballymastocker Bay, with its small hamlet of Portsalon, is a scenic bay on the Fanad Peninsula located about five miles within and on the western shore of Lough Swilly, in the north of Ireland. The bay provides an anchorage, some moorings, and the opportunity of landing by dinghy at a pier or on its extensive sandy beach. get full information »

Scraggy Bay, Lough Swilly
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Scraggy Bay is a small open bay on the Fanad Peninsula located more than six miles within and on the western shore of Northern Ireland's Lough Swilly. The bay provides an anchorage with the opportunity of landing by dinghy at a pier or on its beach at the head of the bay. get full information »

Macamish Bay, Lough Swilly
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Macamish Bay is a small isolated inlet on the western shore of Lough Swilly situated about ten miles south of the entrance. The bay affords an anchorage in a beautiful location with the possibility of a dinghy landing on a very attractive beach. get full information »

Rathmullan, Lough Swilly
A good location with straightforward access. 4 metres LWS. Rathmullan is a village on the Fanad Peninsula on the western shore of Lough Swilly situated about twelve miles south of the entrance, in the north of Ireland. It provides a seasonal pontoon for the use of visiting boats and also affords an anchorage at the roadstead off the village. get full information »

Ramelton
A completely protected location with attentive navigation required for access. -1.5 metres LWS. Ramelton is a small town on the Fanad Peninsula, nearly twenty miles from the entrance and on a river that has its estuary on the western shore of Lough Swilly in the north of Ireland. It provides a drying berth alongside historic town quays for boats that can take-to-the-bottom. get full information »

The Lough Swilly Marina, Fahan, Lough Swilly
A completely protected location with safe access. 2.5 metres LWS. The small village of Fahan is located on the Inishowen Peninsula upon the eastern shore of Lough Swilly, about three miles south of Buncrana. Fahan hosts The Lough Swilly Marina which welcomes visitors and there is also the possibility of anchoring off outside in a scenic and tranquil setting. get full information »

Buncrana, Lough Swilly
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Buncrana is a sizable town on the Inishowen Peninsula on the eastern shore of Lough Swilly, about ten miles south of the entrance, in the north of Ireland. Buncrana Bay provides an anchorage, with the possibility to temporarily come alongside the town pier when weather and tides permit. get full information »

Dunree Bay, Lough Swilly
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 4 metres LWS. Dunree Bay is a cove close south of Dunree Head on the eastern shore of Northern Ireland's Lough Swilly. It offers an anchorage beneath Fort Dunree with the fort's pier to land upon. get full information »

Crummie's Bay, Lough Swilly
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Crummies Bay is a cove inlet, close north of Dunree Head on the eastern shore of Northern Ireland's Lough Swilly. It offers an anchorage in a scenic and rural setting. get full information »

Lenan Bay, Lough Swilly
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 4 metres LWS. Lenan Bay is a small bay located close south of Dunaffe Head on the eastern shore of the entrance to Lough Swilly in Northern Ireland. It is a spacious and quickly accessible bay that offers an anchorage in a scenic and rural setting with a pier that makes landing convenient. get full information »

Malin Harbour or Slievebane Bay
An exposed location with careful navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Malin Harbour or Slievebane Bay is a small inlet situated on the Inishowen Peninsula three miles to the east of Malin Head, Ireland’s northern most point. It offers an anchorage in a rugged location off a small pier where it would be possible for shallow draft vessels to come alongside. get full information »

Portachurry, Inishtrahull
A stay-aboard location with careful navigation required for access. 10 metres LWS. Portachurry is a narrow rocky inlet situated on the south west corner of Inishtrahull Island that lies approximately six miles east of Ireland's northmost point Malin Head. In very settled conditions a temporary respite anchorage could be had here in the mouth of the inlet or a small boat could come alongside a small jetty at the head of the inlet. get full information »

Portmore, Inishtrahull
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 5 metres LWS. Portmore is a rocky inlet on the north side of Inishtrahull island which lies approximately six miles to the east of Malin Head on the north coast of Ireland. It offers an anchorage off the small quay were vessels may come alongside, in rugged scenic surroundings. get full information »

Culdaff Bay
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Culdaff Bay is situated on the north coast of Ireland about midway between Malin Head and Inishowen Head on the Inishowen Peninsula. The bay offers one of the best anchorages along this coast, with visitor moorings off Culdaff's Bunnagee Pier, and with the possibility for shallower draft vessels to come alongside, in an attractive location with a village nearby. get full information »

Tremone Bay
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Tremone Bay is situated on the north coast of Ireland on the Inishowen Peninsula between Malin Head and Inishowen Head. It is a beautiful secluded location in which to anchor with boat landings on to its beach. get full information »

Kinnagoe Bay
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Kinnagoe Bay is situated on the north coast of Ireland on the Inishowen Peninsula, about fifteen miles southeast of Malin Head and four miles to the northwest of Inishowen Head. The bay offers an anchorage off an expansive beach in beautiful secluded surroundings. get full information »

Portkill
An exposed location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Portkill is a small isolated bay on the north coast of Ireland about half a mile to the west of Inishowen Head. Set in a beautiful secluded setting the bay offers boats an anchorage, with the possibility of landing on the beach in offshore winds. get full information »

Portnocker
An exposed location with attentive navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Portnocker is a small bay situated on the north coast of Ireland, close east of Inishowen Head and outside the entrance to Lough Foyle. The bay offers an anchorage off the beach in rugged scenic surroundings. get full information »

White Bay
A tolerable location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. White Bay is situated on the north coast of Ireland just outside of Lough Foyle immediately north of Inishowen Lighthouse and Dunagree Point. It offers an anchorage in picture perfect surroundings with an attractive beach. get full information »

Cornashamma Bay
A good location with straightforward access. 2 metres LWS. Cornashamma Bay is located on the north coast of Ireland a mile to the southwest of Inishowen Lighthouse on the eastern side of the Inishowen Peninsula. It offers an anchorage within a protected rock fringed inlet set into the coast. get full information »

Silver Strand
A good location with straightforward access. 2 metres LWS. 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. get full information »

Greencastle, Lough Foyle
A completely protected location with safe access. 3 metres LWS. Greencastle is a small fishing harbour situated on the north coast of Ireland at the entrance to Lough Foyle. Although a busy commercial fishing harbour it welcomes yachts inside and provides a pontoon for berthing. get full information »

Moville, Lough Foyle
A good location with safe access. 2 metres LWS. Moville is a small town located on the north coast of Ireland close inside the entrance to Lough Foyle and on the east side of the Inishowen Peninsula. Boats may come alongside the town's pier or anchor off using visitor moorings in the immediate vicinity. get full information »

Carrickarory Pier, Lough Foyle
A good location with safe access. 2 metres LWS. Carrickarory is situated on the north coast of Ireland within Lough Foyle and on the east side of the Inishowen Peninsula. It is a rural fishing pier where boats may come alongside the pier, anchor off or use visitor moorings in the immediate vicinity. get full information »




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