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Bantry Bay is the largest of the long inlets in south-west Ireland. It is approximately 21 miles long and 4 miles wide at its entrance. At the head of this inlet is the town of Bantry.

Position 51°40.85'N 009°27.85'W (Bbantry harbour)

Clearance

This is a Port of Entry.

See the Noonsite/Ireland/formalities page for full details for clearance.

Docking

Centre of Bantry town can be reached by dinghy at high tide, otherwise it is a good walk from the sailing club slip. A new marina is located behind the town pier..

The northern shore provides many sheltered anchorages, although the Bay itself is exposed to the SW’lies.

Lawrence Cove marina is tucked into an inlet on the N side of Bere Island and Whiddy Island protects Bantry and provides several sheltered moorings.

Also providing shelter in substantial inlets, are Adrigole Harbour and, the stunning setting of Glengarriff Harbour.

Castletown Bere, north of Bere Island, is closely protected by the small Dinish Island which forms the southern side of the harbour. The western entrance, Piper Sound, is the normal approach, as the eastern one is spanned by a low bridge. The anchorage is good in about 2.5m, in mud.

Last updated August 2018.

Adrigole Harbour
A rock-strewn inlet which provides good shelter but which can be squally in W or N gales. There are 7 yellow visitors' buoys NE of Orthons Island. The best holding is for anchoring is as far NW as possible.
Drumlave has a pier with water and showers are available at the sailing club. Diesel (in cans), provisions and LPG are available in the village, which has a post office. (Half a mile from the pier).
Bantry Bay Sailing Club
Abbey Road, , Bantry, Co. Cork.
Tel:+353 (0)27 51724
Swinging moorings, dinghy landing, water, showers.
Bantry Harbour Marina
Location 51°40.85'N 009°27.85'W. ,
Wolf Tone Square, Bantry , Co Cork
Tel:+353 (0)27 53277 Fax:+353 (0)27 51202 ,VHF Channel 14, 16 (24hrs)
New marina with visitor's berths (10 euro/night). Depth 3m.
There is electricity and water available. Public toilet. Security. Landing pontoon.
Contact the Harbour Master for moorings.
Castletownbere Harbour
Location 51° 38.8'N, 09° 54.45'W ,
Harbour Master , Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre, Castletownbere
Tel:+353 (0)27 70220 / mob. +353 (0)87 2155432 Fax:+353 (0)27 70329 ,VHF Channel 14, 16
Berthing on the quay (if space).
Water and diesel on the quay. Supermarket on Main street, also a bank.
Harbourmaster may move yachts out if he feels they impede commercial traffic (ferry and fishing).
Anchorage NW of Dinish Is in 2.4m, or in Dunboy Bay. There are 4 yellow buoys(summer only) E of Dinish Is.
Good chandleries. Several restaurants, a bank and provisions in the town.
Boatyard with haulout and good range of repairs.
Glengarriff Harbour
Location 51° 44.2'N, 09° 31.9'W
Not a formal harbour, but a beautiful bay with both good anchorages and 6 yellow visitors' buoys. Do not use the channel spanned by the high voltage cable from Illnacullen to the mainland.
The Eccles Hotel has showers as well as a restaurant and bar. The village has water at the ferry berth(1800-1900); fuel available in cans; a post office; provisions. Good selection of bars and restaurants close by.
Lawrence Cove Marina
Lawrence Cove, Bere Island , Co Cork
Tel:+353 27 75044 Fax:+353 27 75044 ,VHF Channel 16
Peaceful location on an island at the entrance to Bantry Bay. Good place to ride out bad weather as it is sheltered from all corners with the exception of the NE.
The marina has electricity, water, showers, toilets, launderette, fuel berth.
Travel lift, shore storage and repairs.
Shop, post office and pub in Rerrin village about 15 minutes walk. Buses to Cork.

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