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Cultra
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Cultra is located on the northeast coast of Ireland, on the southern shores of Belfast Lough, approximately half way between Grey Point and Belfast. This is home to ‘The Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club’ and it offers an anchorage alongside the well-established mooring area off the club. get full information »

Helen’s Bay
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 2 metres LWS. Helen’s Bay is located on the northeast coast of Ireland, on the southern shores of Belfast Lough and immediately east of Grey Point. It offers an anchorage off a beach in a picturesque location that hosts a country park. get full information »

Bangor Harbour & Marina
A completely protected location with safe access. 3 metres LWS. Bangor is located on the northeast coast of Ireland close inside and on the southern shore of Belfast Lough. It offers a large-scale, full-service marina staffed twenty-four hours a day, which is located in the centre of a principal town. get full information »

Ballyholme Bay
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Ballyholme Bay is located on the northeast coast of Ireland, on the southern shores of Belfast Lough and immediately east of Bangor Bay. The extensive well-sheltered bay provides an anchorage that is home to the Ballyholme and Royal Ulster Yacht Clubs. get full information »

Groomsport
A good location with careful navigation required for access. 1 metres LWS. Groomsport Harbour is located on the northeast coast of Ireland and immediately inside the southern shoreline of Belfast Lough. The small shallow harbour is home to a boat club that provides a single visitor mooring that caters for vessels of medium size and a moderate draft. Those that can take to the hard and dry out will also find a place here. get full information »

Port Dandy, Copeland Island
A good location with straightforward access. 2 metres LWS. Port Dandy on Copeland Island, one of the Copeland Islands group, is located in the Irish Sea off the northeast coast of Ireland. The island group is situated on the south side of the entrance to Belfast Lough, and Copeland Island is the largest island and closest to the mainland. Port Dandy is a very small inlet on the northwest side of the secluded island that provides a popular anchorage for a maximum of two or three boats. get full information »

Chapel Bay, Copeland Island
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Chapel Bay on Copeland Island, one of the Copeland Islands group, is located in the Irish Sea off the northeast coast of Ireland. The island group is situated on the south side of the entrance to Belfast Lough, and Copeland Island is the largest island and closest to the mainland. Chapel Bay is on the west and mainland facing side of this secluded island. It provides an anchorage in a spacious sandy bay. get full information »

Donaghadee Harbour
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Donaghadee Harbour is located on the northeast coast of Ireland immediately outside the southern entrance to Belfast Lough and one and a half miles south of Copeland Island. It is a small fishing port that offers an open harbour where vessels may berth alongside the pier. get full information »

Copelands Marina
A completely protected location with careful navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Copeland Marina is located on the northeast coast of Ireland, close outside the southern entrance to Belfast Lough and immediately south of Donaghadee Harbour. It is a small very tight marina that sets aside half a dozen visitor berths in the sailing season. get full information »

Ballywalter
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 4 metres LWS. Ballywalter is located on the northeast coast of Ireland, to the south of Belfast Lough, four miles north by northwest of Burr Point. It offers an anchorage off a small harbour that dries out completely at low water. get full information »

Ballyhalbert Bay
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 5 metres LWS. Ballyhalbert is located on the northeast coast of Ireland, to the south of Belfast Lough and immediately north of Burr Point the most easterly point of Ireland. It offers an anchorage in the bay off a small harbour that entirely dries at low water. get full information »

Portavogie Harbour
A completely protected location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Portavogie harbour is located on the northeastern coast of Ireland, nine miles northeast of the entrance to Strangford Lough and immediately north of Plough Point. It is a small, active and crowded fishing port that welcomes leisure craft but is not specifically set up to receive them. get full information »

Portaferry, Strangford Lough
A completely protected location with careful navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Portaferry is located on the eastern shore at the head of Strangford Lough’s Narrows, on the northeast coast of Ireland, and leads into the magnificent sailing area and marine nature reserve that is Strangford Lough. It offers a marina and visitor moorings with the possibility to temporarily come alongside the quay at high water. get full information »

Ballyhenry Bay, Strangford Lough
A good location with careful navigation required for access. 4 metres LWS. Ballyhenry Bay is located on the northeastern shore at the head of Strangford Lough’s 'narrows', on the northeast coast of Ireland, and leads into the magnificent sailing area and marine nature reserve that is Strangford Lough. The bay offers an anchorage alongside local boat moorings in a quiet location adjacent to the town of Portaferry. get full information »

Kircubbin, Strangford Lough
A tolerable location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Kircubbin is located on Strangford Lough’s eastern shore six miles north of Strangford Narrows, on the northeast coast of Ireland. It is a village situated at the head of Kircubbin Bay with a drying quay where vessels may anchor off or those that can take-to-the-hard may dry out alongside. The bay is host to Kircubbin Sailing Club. get full information »

Ballydorn and Down Cruising Club, Strangford Lough
A completely protected location with attentive navigation required for access. 4 metres LWS. Ballydorn is located on Strangford Lough’s western shore to the west of Rainey Island, on the northeast coast of Ireland. It is a beautiful and popular mooring ground with short stay pontoons attached to a permanently moored lightship that is a sailing club headquarters. get full information »

White Rock Bay, Strangford Lough
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. White Rock Bay is located on Strangford Lough’s western shore directly west of Trasnagh Island, on the northeast coast of Ireland. It is a shallow inlet that is home to the Strangford Lough Sailing Club which is the largest on the Lough. An anchorage is available on the seaward side of the mooring area and the club also offers visitor moorings. get full information »

Ringhaddy Sound, Strangford Lough
A completely protected location with attentive navigation required for access. 14 metres LWS. Ringhaddy Sound is located on Strangford Lough’s western shore to the west of Islandmore, on the northeast coast of Ireland. It is a beautiful and popular mooring ground with some club visitor pontoons. get full information »

Pawle Island, Killinchy, Strangford Lough
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Pawle Island is located on Strangford Lough’s western shore, to the East of Ringhaddy Sound and Islandmore, on the northeast coast of Ireland. It is a quiet and out of the way anchorage. get full information »

Simmy Island, Strangford Lough
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Simmy Island is located on Strangford Lough’s western shore north of Killyleagh, on the northeast coast of Ireland. It is an anchorage to the north of Taggart Island in a quiet and particularly picturesque location. get full information »

East Down Yacht Club, Strangford Lough
A completely protected location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. East Down Yacht Club is located on Strangford Lough’s western shore close north of Killyleagh, on the northeast coast of Ireland. The anchorage lies in an inner pool between Taggart Island and the shore where a vessel may anchor in the pool or use visitor moorings, and there is also the possibility to come alongside at the club jetty. get full information »

Don O’Neill Island, Strangford Lough
An exposed location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Don O’Neill Island is located within Strangford Lough on the northeast coast of Ireland. It is an anchorage close north-west to the larger of the two islands that offer landings. get full information »

Holm Bay, Killyleagh, Strangford Lough
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 6 metres LWS. Holm Bay is located on Strangford Lough’s western shore close north of Killyleagh, on the northeast coast of Ireland. It is an open bay to the south of Taggart Island where it is possible to anchor or pick up visitor moorings. get full information »

Killyleagh, Strangford Lough
A completely protected location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Killyleagh is located on the northeast coast of Ireland at the southern end of Strangford Lough’s western shore. It offers a very good anchorage and the possibility to come alongside at the club jetty or town quay at high water. get full information »

Moore’s Point, Strangford Lough
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Moore’s Point is located in the Quoile River estuary, within Strangford Lough’s south-western corner on the northeast coast of Ireland. It offers a very good river anchorage with excellent holding. get full information »

Quoile, Strangford Lough
A completely protected location with attentive navigation required for access. 4 metres LWS. The Quoile River is located on the northeast coast of Ireland within Strangford Lough’s south-western corner. The river was navigable up to Downpatrick but now a tidal barrier, situated at Quoile, makes it the end point for navigation. It offers a very good anchorage with well-maintained visitor moorings and a yacht club pontoon in a highly attractive location. get full information »

Between Rat & Salt Island, Strangford Lough
A completely protected location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. This anchorage to the west of Salt Island is situated in the Quoile River estuary, within Strangford Lough’s south-western corner, and is located on the northeast coast of Ireland. It offers a very good river anchorage with excellent holding. get full information »

Brandy Bay, Salt Island, Strangford Lough
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Brady Bay is situated in the Quoile River estuary which is located on the northeast coast of Ireland within Strangford Lough’s south-western corner. It offers a very good river anchorage with excellent holding. get full information »

South of Salt Island, Strangford Lough
A completely protected location with attentive navigation required for access. -1 metres LWS. This anchorage is situated in the Quoile River estuary to the south of Salt Island and is located on the northeast coast of Ireland within Strangford Lough’s south-western corner. It is a tidal anchorage convenient for landing at the old pier. get full information »

West of Jackdaw Island, Strangford Lough
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Chapel and Jackdaw Islands are located on the northeast coast of Ireland within Strangford Lough. These are the first islands to be reached sailing west out of Strangford Lough’s Narrows. This anchorage is to the west of Jackdaw Island, the smaller of the two islands. get full information »

Between Jackdaw & Chapel Island, Strangford Lough
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Chapel and Jackdaw Islands are located on the northeast coast of Ireland within Strangford Lough. These are the first islands to be reached sailing west out of Strangford Lough’s Narrows. This anchorage is between the uninhabited islands. get full information »

Chapel Island, Strangford Lough
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Chapel and Jackdaw Islands are located on the northeast coast of Ireland within Strangford Lough. These are the first islands to be reached sailing west out of Strangford Lough’s Narrows. The location is a tidal pool anchorage located between the uninhabited Chapel Island and the shore, around which the surrounding area entirely dries so that it may only be accessed at high water. get full information »

Audley’s Point, Strangford Lough
An exposed location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Audley’s Point is located on the northeast coast of Ireland, on the western shore at the head of Strangford Lough’s ‘Narrows’, which leads into the magnificent sailing area and marine nature reserve that is Strangford Lough. It is a lunch-stop anchorage whilst maintaining an anchor watch, in a location that is a favourite for local boats to observe club races. get full information »

Audley's Roads, Strangford Lough
A good location with careful navigation required for access. 4.5 metres LWS. Audley Roads is located on the northeast coast of Ireland, on the western shore at the head of Strangford Lough’s "Narrows", that leads into the magnificent sailing area and marine nature reserve that is Strangford Lough. It offers a picturesque anchorage in a quiet bay adjacent to Strangford Harbour. get full information »

Strangford Harbour (Strangford Village), Strangford Lough
A completely protected location with careful navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Strangford Harbour is located on the northeast coast of Ireland, on the western shore at the head of the Narrows that leads into the magnificent sailing area and marine nature reserve that is Strangford Lough. It offers a pontoon berth, moorings and the possibility to temporarily coming alongside at the quay. get full information »

Cross Roads, Strangford Lough
A good location with careful navigation required for access. 8 metres LWS. Cross Roads is located on the northeast coast of Ireland, on the western shore of Strangford Lough’s narrows. The location offers a little-used traditional coaster anchorage where cruisers stay-aboard in a quiet location in the middle of Strangford Narrows. get full information »

Kilclief Bay, Strangford Lough
A good location with careful navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Kilclief Bay is located on the northeast coast of Ireland, on the western shore of Strangford Lough’s narrows. The location provides the first anchorage opportunity inside the ‘Narrows’ in a quiet location. get full information »

Ardglass Harbour (Phennick Cove Marina)
A completely protected location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Ardglass Harbour is located on the northeastern coast of Ireland, three miles northeast of St John’s Point and six miles south of the entrance to Strangford Lough. It is a busy small fishing port with a marina alongside that provides all services for leisure craft. get full information »

Killough Harbour
A good location with careful navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Killough Bay is located on Ireland’s northeastern coast, one and a half miles north of St John’s Point. The bay offers an uncertain anchorage, owing to the rocky bottom. A little used drying fishing harbour, situated at the head of the bay, affords the best protection. Although offering an outside anchorage and deep water approaches on a high tide, with depths in excess of three metres, berthing behind the pier is only suitable for vessels that can take to the hard. get full information »

Dundrum Harbour
A completely protected location with careful navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Dundrum Harbour is located on the northeastern coast of Ireland, at the head of Dundrum Bay, approximately midway between the entrances to Carlingford and Strangford Loughs. The small harbour offers an anchoring pool within a tidal estuary adjacent to the town quay. get full information »

Newcastle Harbour
A good location with straightforward access. 0 metres LWS. Newcastle Harbour is located on the north-eastern coast of Ireland on the western shore of Dundrum Bay. It is approximately midway between the entrances to Carlingford and Strangford Loughs. The small drying harbour is used by small fishing boats and leisure craft. It is only suitable for vessels of about ten metres or less that can take-to-the-hard on a clean sandy bottom. Larger vessels may anchor outside and temporarily come alongside on a rise of the tide. get full information »

Annalong Harbour
A good location with straightforward access. 1 metres LWS. Annalong Harbour is located on the northeastern coast of Ireland at the mouth of the Annalong River, approximately eight miles northeast of the entrance to Carlingford Lough. It is a small tidal harbour used by fishing boats that have a pontoon for pleasure craft. Annalong Harbour is small, space-constrained and subject to silting. It is, therefore, best suited to medium to small shallow draft vessels but larger vessels can anchor outside in settled conditions. get full information »

Kilkeel Harbour
A completely protected location with straightforward access. 2 metres LWS. Kilkeel is located on Ireland’s northeast coast three and a half miles northeast of the entrance to Carlingford Lough. It is a small town and very busy fishing port that has no provisions for leisure craft but will accommodate vessels in its harbour if space is available. get full information »

Greencastle, Carlingford Lough
A good location with careful navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Greencastle is located on the northern shore, a mile and a half inside the entrance to the Carlingford Lough inlet on Ireland's northeast coast. It offers the first secure anchorage inside Carlingford Lough. get full information »

Killowen, Carlingford Lough
A good location with careful navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Killowen is located on the northeastern shore of the Carlingford Lough inlet that is set into Ireland's northeast coastline. It offers an anchorage and a place to pick up moorings off a small village plus the facilities of a local yacht club. get full information »

Rostrevor, Carlingford Lough
A good location with careful navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Rostrevor Bay is located on the northeast shore of the Carlingford Lough inlet that is set into Ireland's northeast coastline. It offers an anchorage off a small village at the foot of the forested Slieve Martin where the Mountains of Mourne terminate and sweep down to the sea. get full information »

Warrenpoint, Carlingford Lough
A completely protected location with careful navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Warrenpoint is a small commercial port located at the head of Carlingford Lough inlet, on the north side of the entrance to the Newry River on the northeast coast of Ireland. It provides a pontoon alongside the town breakwater where it is also possible to anchor close by, or vessels that can take to the ground will find plenty of good berths here. get full information »

Newry, Carlingford Lough
A completely protected location with careful navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Newry is located three miles up the Newry River which flows from the head of the Carlingford Lough inlet on Ireland's northeastern coastline. It is a provincial city reached by way of a canal currently solely used by leisure craft accessed via a single lock near the Warrenpoint Port at high water. The newly designated city provides berths alongside its town quay. get full information »




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