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300 Harbours: Each harbour (NOT JUST marinas) has full sailing directions, free charts, and photo galleries. All mooring options are covered, including: prices, local facilities, provisioning, launching places, pubs and dining. Plus 7 day weather and 2017 tide tables.   Interactivity   Logged in visitors can leave comments and information.

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Lough Foyle and Port of Londonderry inc. Foyle Marina

West Scotland and North of Ireland


H M Foyle Port (at Lisahally)  Bill McCann.  VHF Channels 16,12 & 14 with Traffic & Nav info on Channel 14. Tel:   028 7186 0555. 

Visiting Vessels should contact 'Foyle Port Harbour Radio' on VHF Ch14 when in the channel advising of your intention to berth at the Marina - instructions will be given.

Lough Foyle is a large expanse of water stretching 13miles from Magilligan Point to the River Foyle at Culmore Bay and, at its widest point 6miles from the Donegal coast to the mudflats off Ballykelly. There is a well marked channel down the Donegal side which is used by large ships importing and exporting from Londonderry Port at Lisahally opposite Culmore Bay.

There are no harbours or anchorages on the wide SE side of the Lough until one is inside the River Foyle itself. On the Donegal side there are a couple of harbours; Greencastle and Moville, both of which are utilised by small fishing boats but have room for visiting yachts; Greencastle is an especially convenient spot for a stopover during a cruise along the North Coast of Ireland and you will find a friendly welcome there. There is a small pier at Carrickarory which is taken up by fishing boats but does have room outside for anchoring, as does Moville, but both of these anchorages are in the run of the tide which make them a) uncomfortable and b), a long row from the shore against the tide!  Further along the Lough where it narrows into the River there is a sheltered little bay in behind the point to starboard opposite the old oil and chemical jetties. This is Culmore bay; it’s a pleasant anchorage, out of the main tideway, with a pub and small shop serving a small community.  You’ll often find other yachts there waiting to catch the next flood up to Derry as the river is a shoally affair and best taken on the rising tide.

The North West shore of the Lough is in County Donegal which is in the Republic of Ireland and the South East shore is County Londonderry (UK) and the two meet in the mudflats at Muff.  There are no border restrictions or Customs Posts in place (2011) as both countries are part of the European Common Travel Area but if you intend cruising these waters with a pet it would be sensible to ascertain the rules in force before leaving your home port. ... read more


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