What is the route?
- • Across the entrance to Galway Bay
- • Outside Aran Island
- • Inside Tory Island
- • Close north from Sheep Haven to Lough Swilly
Why sail this route?This route passes over the largely exposed Galway Bay preferring the better cruising grounds to be found off the northwest coast of Ireland. These can be found to the north of Aran Island and around Bloody Foreland, after which the coasts numerous, inlets, bays are increasingly under the lee of land to the prevailing south-westerlies. Vessels intending on visiting Donegal Bay’s havens may do so directly as the bay has few dangers and they are all covered in the description below.
What are the navigational notes?
2 miles west of Aranmore Light, Aran Island, 55° 0.864' N, 008° 37.070' W
Aran Island rises to a summit of 225 metres at its centre. Its west and northeaster sides, along with part of its southern side, are bordered by vertical cliffs indented by fissures and caves. Aranmore Light, Fl (2) 20s, is a prominent 23 metres high tower, that stands on the northwestern extremity of the island, Rinrawros Point.
► Next waypoint: 16.36 miles, course ⇓ 44.36°T (reciprocal ⇑ 224.36°T)
Western approach to Tory Sound, 55° 12.526' N, 008° 17.038' W
This is the western approach to Tory Sound that lies between Inishbeg and Tory Island. The fairway of this channel has a least depth of 18.6 metres and general depths of 20 to 30 metres.
► Next waypoint: 22.88 miles, course ⇓ 76.98°T (reciprocal ⇑ 256.98°T)
1 mile north of Fanad Head, 55° 17.574' N, 007° 37.921' W
Fanad Head is low and rocky with a prominent 22 metres high lighthouse, Fl (5) WR 20s, that stands on the headland. During bad weather, vessels should approach this coast with caution. Between Sheep Haven and Lough Swilly, the sea breaks heavily on the reefs which extend almost a mile offshore.
► Next waypoint: 10.45 miles, course ⇓ 44.60°T (reciprocal ⇑ 224.60°T)
2½ miles northwest of Malin Head, 55° 25.000' N, 007° 25.000' W
Two miles to the northwest of Malin Head the most northerly point of the island of Ireland.