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Listed locations follow the Galway 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.

Inisheer, Aran Islands
A good location with straightforward access. 2.5 metres LWS. The Arran Island group are situated on the west coast of Ireland extending for fourteen miles across the middle of the entrance to Galway Bay. Inisheer is the eastern and southernmost island of the three main islands and its north strand, close to the main harbour, offers the best anchoring position. On occasion, it may be possible to temporarily come alongside the islands main pier. get full information »

Inishmaan, Aran Islands
A good location with straightforward access. 3.5 metres LWS. The Arran Island group are situated on the west coast of Ireland extending for fourteen miles across the middle of the entrance to Galway Bay. Inishmaan is the middle of the three main islands and it has small modern harbour at Caladh Mór on its northern side. get full information »

Kilronan, Inishmore Island
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Kilronan is situated off Ireland’s west coast, on Inishmore which is part of the Aran Isles that front Galway Bay. The harbour is located within Killeany Bay that indents the island near its southeast end and faces Galway Bay. It offers an anchorage, visitor moorings and the possibility of a berth in the harbour of the principal town of the island group. get full information »

Aughinish Bay
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Aughinish Bay lies 6 miles east of Black Head on the southern shore of Galway Bay situated directly on the border between County Clare and County Galway on the west coast of Ireland. get full information »

Kinvara Bay
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 4 metres LWS. Kinvara Bay, Irish : Cinn Mhara (or more recently Cuan Chinn Mhara) meaning “head of the sea” is a south eastern inlet of South Bay, part of Galway Bay, in County Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Kinvara is occasionally spelled Kinvarra in English; this may be seen on some maps and roadsigns, although Kinvara is the most common spelling used nowadays. get full information »

South Bay & Rincarna Bay
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. South Bay is an eastern inlet at the head of Galway Bay, in County Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. get full information »

Galway Docks
A completely protected location with safe access. 7.3 metres LWS. Galway Docks is located on the west coast of Ireland, northeast by east of the Aran Islands which enclose Galway Bay, and is situated at the head of the bay. It is a commercial harbour set in the heart of Ireland’s third largest city. It provides pontoon berths for leisure craft within a tidal basin plus tide-wait locations outside. get full information »

Spiddle
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 1 metres LWS. Spiddle is situated mid way along the northern shore of Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland, and has a small tidal harbour with a narrow entrance which dries at low water. get full information »

Rossaveal, Cashla Bay
A completely protected location with safe access. 3.7 metres LWS. Rossaveal, or Rossaveel, is tucked into the east corner of Cashla Bay on the northern shore of Galway Bay about twenty miles west of Galway Docks. It is a fishing harbour and village that offers a small marina which welcomes visitors. Alternatively, it may be possible to lie alongside a friendly fishing boat, for a short stay, or anchor just off the harbour approaches in the lower end of the bay during a settled period. get full information »

Sruthan Quay, Cashla Bay
A good location with straightforward access. 2 metres LWS. Sruthan Quay is located on the west side of Cashla Bay on the northern shore of Galway Bay about 22 miles west of Galway itself, on the west coast of Ireland. There is a good anchorage off the quay where some visitors moorings have been allocated, and there is also the opportunity to come alongside the quay although it dries at low water. get full information »

Greatman's Bay
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Greatman's Bay is an inlet off the northern shore of Galway Bay, situated to the east of Gorumna Island and approximately 25 miles to the west of Galway itself, on the west coast of Ireland. The bay with its wild natural scenic beauty offers three main anchorages, one of which has seasonal moorings provided for visitors, and all have the opportunity to come alongside a village quay. get full information »

Kiggaul Bay
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Kiggaul Bay is a small inlet off the northern shore of Galway Bay situated between Lettermullan and Gorumna Islands, approximately 28 miles west of Galway itself on the west coast of Ireland. It offers a couple of convenient anchorages for vessels passing along the coast in a wild and unspoiled tranquil setting, with the possibility for a dinghy landing at a rough pier. get full information »

Dinish & Furness Islands
A good location with safe access. 3 metres LWS. Dinish Island lies on the outer approaches to Kilkieran Bay that is entred close north of Golam Head which forms the western extreme of the northern shore of Galway Bay. It provides a secluded anchorage with crystal clear waters over sand. get full information »

Kilkieran Bay
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 2 metres LWS. Kilkieran Bay is an eight mile long inlet off the northern approaches to Galway Bay situated to the west of Lettermullen and Gorumna Islands, and approximately 32 miles to the west of Galway itself, on the west coast of Ireland. It provides an anchorage with some seasonal moorings for visitors off a small fishing village and pier set in rural surroundings. The bay affords many other anchorages including one in Ardmore Bay off the pier with the possibility of a dinghy landing at the quay. get full information »

Bertraghboy Bay
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Bertraghboy Bay, also known as Birterbury Bay, is an inlet bight off the Big Sound on the northern approaches to Galway Bay situated about midway between Golam Head and Slyne Head, immediately to the east of Roundstone Bay and approximately 36 miles to the west of Galway itself, on the west coast of Ireland. The bay affords many secure anchorages which are used as a quieter location than its near neighbour Roundstone Bay, and an opportunity for a dinghy landing at the small pier at Pats Point, in a scenic secluded and peaceful setting with mountain views. get full information »

Roundstone
A good location with straightforward access. 1 metres LWS. Roundstone Bay and the fishing village and harbour of the same name, is an inlet off the Big Sound on the approaches to Galway Bay situated about midway between Golam Head and Slyne Head, and approximately 38 miles west of Galway itself, on the west coast of Ireland. Inside the harbour, berth alongside the north quay or anchor half a mile off the pier where four seasonal visitors moorings have been laid. This leaves a long dinghy ride up to the village which is set in a peaceful location, except in the busy holiday season, with scenic mountain views. get full information »

Gorteen Bay
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 2 metres LWS. Gorteen Bay, also known as Gurteen Bay, is a small inlet off the Big Sound on the approaches to Galway Bay, situated approximately midway between Golam Head and Slyne Head about two miles west of Roundstone, on the west coast of Ireland. This beautiful bay with its lovely beach sits below Mount Erisberg and offers an anchorage off a small village, with the oportunity of a dinghy landing on the beach. get full information »

Bunowen Bay
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Bunowen Bay is a small inlet situated about five miles to the east of Slyne Head and ten miles west of Roundstone, on the west coast of Ireland. Lying among rocks and dangerous shoals, Bunowen Bay affords an anchorage for a few small boats to the north of Bunowen pier with the opportunity of a dinghy landing at the adjacent slip. In suitable tidal conditions it is also possible to lie alongside the outer drying pier. get full information »

Mannin Bay
An exposed location with attentive navigation required for access. 4 metres LWS. Mannin Bay is the first significant bay to the north east of Slyne Head, on the west coast of Ireland. Although a very attractive location it is open to the prevailing westerlies and therefore only offers tolerable shelter and is also subject to swell. Just round Knock Point offers the best anchoring location but is not suitable for an overnight stay. get full information »

Clifden Bay
A completely protected location with attentive navigation required for access. 1 metres LWS. Clifden Bay is a small inlet located on the west coast of Ireland approximately 50 miles northwest of Galway city. It offers moorings plus a berth alongside a drying quay about 10 minute’s walk from the town of Clifden. get full information »

Cleggan Bay
A tolerable location with straightforward access. 7 metres LWS. Cleggan Bay is approximately 3.5 miles east of Aughrus Point directly opposite Inishbofin, on the west coast of Ireland. There is a pier which is used by the ferries to Inishbofin and Inishturk as well as fishing boats, but it may be possible to moor alongside if space is available. An alternative option is to anchor off the pier taking care not to interfere with the ferries. get full information »

Inishbofin
A good location with attentive navigation required for access. 3 metres LWS. Inishbofin and Inishark are a pair of dramatic Islands just north of Aughrus Point, on the west coast of Ireland. The main harbour is on the south side of Inishbofin and makes a good stopping point for vessels travelling along the west coast. get full information »

Ballynakill Harbour
A completely protected location with safe access. 2 metres LWS. get full information »

Little Killary Bay (Salrock)
A completely protected location with safe access. 3 metres LWS. get full information »

Killary Harbour
A good location with straightforward access. 3 metres LWS. Killary Bay lies halfway between Aughrus Point and Roonah Head, on the west coast of Ireland. It is a deeply indented fissure which is 7 miles long and has numerous mussel farming lines throughout the bay. The surrounding landscape has several mountains, Mweelrea being the highest, making a spectacular back drop. However these hills make for unpredictable wind patterns and if the wind is from the west the mountains can have a funnelling effect. get full information »




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