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Little Killary Bay (Salrock)

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Little Killary Bay, or also known as Salrock, lies halfay between Aughrus Point and Roonah Head, on the west coast of Ireland. It has an excellent secluded anchorage which is free from swell at the head of the inlet. It provides complete protection and is safe to access in all conditions.


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Keyfacts for Little Killary Bay (Salrock)
Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.


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


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
Water available via tap

Last modified
May 30th 2017; suggest a correction?

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Now Force

Summary

A completely protected location with safe access.

LWS draught

3 metres (9.84 feet).

Today's tide estimates

HW 01:05 (3.4m) LW 07:47 (1.3m)
HW 14:08 (3.4m) LW 20:20 (1.5m)
Now approaching Springs

Swell today




Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.


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


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationVisitors moorings available, or possibly by club arrangementSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinityRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
Water available via tap

Last modified
May 30th 2017; suggest a correction?

Position and approaches
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Haven position

53° 36.593' N, 009° 50.996' W

This is the position at the head of the bay opposite Salrock House

What is the initial fix?

The following Killary Harbour initial fix will set up a final approach:
53° 38.251' N, 009° 57.873' W
in the Atlantic Ocean midway between Rinvyle Point and Tonakeera Point



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Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Little Killary Bay (Salrock) for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Ballynakill Harbour - 3.2 miles WSW
  2. Killary Harbour - 3.4 miles E
  3. Cleggan Bay - 6 miles WSW
  4. Clifden Bay - 6.1 miles SW
  5. Inishturk - 6.4 miles WNW
  6. Bertraghboy Bay - 7.2 miles S
  7. Clare Island - 7.4 miles NNW
  8. Inishbofin - 7.9 miles W
  9. Roundstone - 8 miles S
  10. Mannin Bay - 8.3 miles SW
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Ballynakill Harbour - 3.2 miles WSW
  2. Killary Harbour - 3.4 miles E
  3. Cleggan Bay - 6 miles WSW
  4. Clifden Bay - 6.1 miles SW
  5. Inishturk - 6.4 miles WNW
  6. Bertraghboy Bay - 7.2 miles S
  7. Clare Island - 7.4 miles NNW
  8. Inishbofin - 7.9 miles W
  9. Roundstone - 8 miles S
  10. Mannin Bay - 8.3 miles SW
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


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Route location The 'Slyne Head to Erris Head' coastal description provides approach information to the suggested initial fix. Vessels approaching from the south should select the northbound Route location sequenced description; vessels approaching from the north should select the southbound Route location sequence; western approaches may use either description.

Little Killary Bay is on the west coast of Ireland on the border of Counties Galway and Mayo about 40 miles northwest of Galway.

It is a narrow inlet off the Atlantic Ocean about 2 miles long which has a northwest facing entrance channel between Carricklea islet to the north and Carricklass rocks to the south, and the Rosroe peninsular seperates Little Killary Bay from its near neighbour Killary Harbour. The shores of the inlet slope steeply, the south side being covered with trees down to the water whilst the north side is barren with Mweelrea mountain towering over it.

Access is straightforward and the bay can be entered in any weather, and once inside it offers good shelter. The two popular anchorages are off Rosroe Point on the north shore which has no facilities, and at the head of the bay beyond Ship Rock northeast of Salrock House where you may obtain water from a well with the owners permission. This good anchorage with perfect shelter has 8 visitors moorings in a tranquil location.

Consideration should be given to the number of fish farms in the area; and although the access is straightforward caution is required in bad weather or poor visibility as there are quite a number of off-lying rocks and shoals and it is not recommended for a night approach as there are no lights.


What's the story here?
Little Killary Bay lies immediately to the south of Killary Harbour, their entrances divided by the Rosroe peninsular, and it runs in a south easterly direction for about 2 miles to its head at Salrock.

Illaunmore, a rocky islet connected with the shore by a sandy isthmus, forms the southern point of entrance, and care should be taken to avoid Bird Rock which is always above water, and similarly Carrickglass Rocks which stand between 7 and 15 feet high above the water at the entrance to the bay.

Fish farming is a major occupation of the area and care should be taken to avoid the salmon fishing nets and mussel cages, inside the entrance to the bay, whose positions are only approximately charted and are often moved without notice. An Adventure School also has its base on the southern shore of the bay and you may encounter several dinghies and canoes as you travel through. The area is also popular with serious climbers as the surrounding mountains offer severe challenges.

This tranquil bay has little in the way of facilities but is well worth a visit for its dramatic scenery.


With thanks to:
inyourfootsteps.com site research


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