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All charts used online and in products are derived from Official British raster charts and licensed by the UKHO. We recommend always using Admiralty paper charts in conjunction with any electronic navigation systems.

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Strangford Lough Anchorages

West Scotland and North of Ireland

Contacts: Strangford HM at Ferry Terminal VHF #12 #14 tel 028 448 1637.

Strangford Lough is a huge expanse of enclosed water which is a beautiful cruising ground in its own right; you could very easily make this your “holiday destination” from England.  There are piles of yacht clubs (big and small), loads of places where you can anchor and take your ease and it’s only four or so miles from one side to the other. It’s rather like the Scillies in that you can have lunch in one place, have a snooze and then potter somewhere else for the evening; the main difference is the backdrop and it’s much less exposed than the Scillies. The other thing is that once you have braved the narrows inbound it would be a shame to turn round and go straight back out without stopping to sit down and enjoy yourself without any harbour dues !

On top of that, although it looks a difficult place to navigate around, the art of “transits” will serve you well draw transit lines on your chart which will keep you clear of charted dangers ie “when I can see the edge of that island round the edge of that one I’ll be clear of that hidden rock”; it works a treat both in the Scillies and here!  Our chartlet of Part of Strangford Lough includes the listed transits shown on the chart with their circled letter designation but you will soon work out more of your own as you potter around.

We have shown the more well known anchorages below along with the navigation and facilities where known; if you know of others please contact us with the details.


The whole lough is a feature produced by a retreating glacier at the end of the last ice age. The melting ice has left deposits in its wake producing an extremely undulating sub surface profile which can be seen at the surface as a multitude of islands and rocks (some just below the surface).  The AC 2156 chart is a very good representation of this but, if using a GPS remember the WGS84 offset.  The rocks and islands (called “pladdies”) are often marked by poles or perches (our chart has emphasised the known ones) but these merely indicate the presence of an hazard, not it’s extent;  as these poles are not officially maintained they should not be used as navigation marks or channel indicators but only as “ ‘ere be dragons” warnings.

We would strongly suggest that if you are intending to visit the Lough on your travels it would be a good idea to produce some laminated blow ups from the "members only" zoomifiable charts on our web site; beats a soggy chart and a magnifying glass any day. ... read more


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