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Coastal Descriptions

Coastal Overview for Strangford Lough to Dublin Bay
This is the primary coastal description and set of waypoints for the area between the entrance to Strangford Lough and Dublin Bay. The detailed coastal description may be used by those planning to come closer inshore or to approach one of the useful passage havens that are listed along the length of the route. The sequence of description is from north to south or coastal clockwise as follows: • Close east of Dundrum Bay• Close east of the entrance to Carlingford Lough• Close east of the Skerries• Inside Lambay... get full information »

Coastal Overview for Malin Head to Strangford Lough
This is the primary coastal description and set of waypoints for the area between Malin Head to Strangford Lough. The detailed coastal description may be used by those planning to come closer inshore or to approach one of the useful passage havens that are listed along the length of the route. The sequence of description is from west to east turning southward or coastal clockwise. • North of the Garvan Islands and inside Inishtrahull• Inside Rathlin Island• Inside the Maidens • Outside Hunter Rock• Outsid... get full information »


Coastal Routes and Cuts

Entering and Exiting Strangford Lough
These are a set the tidal windows and waypoints to assist in entering, exiting and navigating through Strangford Narrows to Killyleagh located on the southern end of Strangford Lough’s western shore. The sequence of description is from south to north as follows. • Passing east of Angus Rock• East of Meadow • West of Routen Wheel• West of the old Seagen isolated danger marker• Between Strangford and Portaferry Harbours• Southwest of Walter Rocks• Southwest of Balyhenry P... get full information »


Tidal Optimisations

Bangor to Dublin, either way, with 12 hours of favourable tide
This 90-mile route takes a vessel down the north part of the Irish Sea hugging the Irish coastline from Belfast Bay to Dublin Bay. It passes from Bangor, Belfast Lough to Howth Dublin passing:• Inside Copland Island via Donaghadee Sound• Inside the South Rock Light Vessel• Outside Rockabill• Outside Lambay• Outside Ireland's Eye Or the reverse.... get full information »

Donaghadee Sound
This is a coastal cut through the middle of Donaghadee Sound that separates the mainland coast from Copeland Island 1-mile northeastward. The southern approaches to Donaghadee SoundImage: Michael HarpurThis cut is through the marked shipping channel, but it cannot be recommended at times as it is subject to strong tides that can attain rates of up to 4.5 knots in both directions.... get full information »


International Routes

Kilmore Quay to the Isles of Scilly
This is a route from Kilmore Quay on the southeast corner of Ireland to the Isles of Scilly. It is a direct route passing to the east of the Saltee Islands to the deepwater anchorage of New Grimsby Sound, between Bryher and Tresco, in the north end of the Isles of Scilly.... get full information »


Other

Milford Haven to Kilmore Quay
This route takes a vessel from Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, Wales, to Kilmore Quay in Wexford Ireland. It is optimised for a vessel that can make up to 5 knots through the water so that the arrival at Kilmore Quay has a favourable approach tide over St Patrick's Bridge, or if progress is delayed to pass in using Saltee Sound.... get full information »