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This attractive corner of County Kerry is a wonderful spot to explore and, if necessary, wait out one of the Atlantic storms which sweep this coast, even in summer.

View of Valentia Harbour entrance.

Position 51°56.08'N,10°19.1'W (harbour entrance)

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Valentia Harbour is enclosed by Beginish Island, the mainland and Valentia Island. There are two entrances, the principal one being to the south, past Cromwell Point on Valentia, where there is a lighthouse with sectored leading lights.

The alternative, northern entrance is on the other side of Beginish Island via Lough Kay. Note that this entrance is not as straightforward as the Cromwell Point entrance but does have channel marks. Note that as of mid-2015 the Kay Rock mark in the northern harbour approach is missing.

Beware that in heavy western or north western gales and swell, these entrances may not be feasible due to breaking waves at the entrance.

Cahersiveen Harbour is accessed by a well-marked tidal channel of 2 NM that leads east from the Lough Kay entrance to Valentia Harbour. There is a marina at Cahersiveen which is within easy walking distance of the town. 

Valentia Harbour is centred on the attractive village of Knightstown. There is a partially constructed marina here that provides (free) berthing on the marina breakwaters. Water is avaialble but no electricity (2018). There are no longer any visitors moorings here.

The shallow channel between Valentia and the mainland, the Portmagee Channel, is narrow, and, at the village of Portmagee, is blocked by a low swing bridge which no longer opens.

Portmagee Harbour is, therefore, a separate port of call  and a few hours sail from Valentia Harbour.  It is accessed via the entrance near Bray Head on Valentia. This entrance can be difficult in strong winds. Portmagee is an attractive village with a new small marina. Call the Moorings Restaurant in advance to book a berth at this marina. Any visitors moorings at Portmagee are no longer maintained and cannot, therefore, be recommended. The main pier is reserved for fishing boats.

Last updated August 2018.

Cahersiveen Marina
The Pier, , Cahersiveen , Co Kerry
Tel:+353 (0)66 9472777 Fax:+353 (0)66 9472993 ,VHF Channel 80/M
Situated 2 miles up Valentia River from Valentia Marina.
Well protecting in all wind directions. All facilities. Fuel, provisions, restaurant and bar and other town services.
There are 3 additional light buoys above Daniel Rock and just before the Cahersiveen Marina not currently shown on Imray Chart, the Almanac or ICC Directions(2015)
The Moorings Bar/Restaurant
Portmagee
Tel:+353 66 9477108
Gerard Kennedy of the Moorings manages the marina.
Gerard can be contacted directly on +35387 2390010

aidangeo
aidangeo says:
Sep 21, 2015 03:46 PM

The bridge at Portmagee does NOT open and hasn't opened for many years. There is little prospect of it opening in the future.

There is a partially constructed marina at Knightstown within the harbour. This provides (free) berthing on the marina breakwaters at the time of writing in 2015. There are also visitors moorings south of this marina but be aware that these are no longer maintained by the local authority (Kerry County Council) and there is little prospect of this policy changing.

Beware of SE gales as the Knightstown marina and local anchorages are quite exposed to the SE.

The leading light into the harbour past the Cromwell Point lighthouse has changed character a few years ago; see http://www.cil.ie/safety-navigation/notices-to-mariners/2010-16-valentia-leading-light-(a6417).aspx. Also note that as of mid 2015 the Kay Rock mark in the northern harbour approach is missing.

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