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Annalong Harbour

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AC 44 Howth Point to Ballyquintin Point, SC 5612.3A Carlingford Lough to Ardglass, Imray C62 Irish Sea.

Rules & Regulations

3 vertical red lights on pierhead indicates that the inner harbour is closed.


Rocky shoal extending half a cable to ESE from pierhead. There are no large scale charts of the harbour but a sketch chart, entirely unsuitable for navigation is included with these notes.

Tidal Data Times & Range

As Kilkeel, HW Belfast +0035, MHWS 4.7m MHWN 4.1m MLWN 1.5m MLWS 0.8m

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General Description

Contacts: Annalong HM: Mobile 02843768123

News October 2013.  The surge gates into the inner harbour collapsed in the spring of 2013 and it is not certain when they will be restored.  Boats are still using it but the Harbour's insurance is void and they are not charging any harbour dues.  You use this harbour at your own risk considering the surge that can be experienced in strong onshore conditions.

This is a gem of a place but unfortunately, if you have a 30ft+ boat with a four or five foot draft, you may prefer to give it a miss.  It’s quite a small harbour with a busy fleet of small fishing boats so manoeuvring is quite tight and the water at the entrance is only 0.9 with down to 0.5 to starboard inside the entrance to the inner harbour. The East end of the inner basin, where there is a small pontoon, is dredged to 2.5 meters so, if you can get in a couple of hours either side of HW, you will remain afloat throughout the cycle. (Careful though, if you just scrape in at HW and the tides are neaping you could be here longer than you planned!!) 

The inner harbour is equipped with storm boards because, in strong onshore winds, there can be quite a surge in the inner harbour;  In settled weather it is possible for larger yachts to take up an alongside berth against the outer harbour wall, just inside the entrance and short of the entrance to the inner harbour but you could ground here at LW. Obviously this berth is not suitable in anything other than settled conditions; in any developed onshore conditions you should not attempt this harbour in any boat. ... read more


The approach to the harbour is very simple; the only danger is the rocky shoal extending out from the East end of the pier under the sector light. If you are using that sector light in the approach you need to borrow to starboard almost into the green sector of the light to be sure of being safe, but in good visibility just keep the north side of the harbour wall open and you’ll be OK. 

Reduce speed as you approach the entrance because there’s not a lot of room for boats to cross here and you could meet someone coming out. You should also check the pierhead for indications that the surge barrier is closed (3 vertical reds). Once through the outer harbour entrance err towards the south side of the channel to stay clear of the rocks on the north side but remember that you’ll need a continuous 180° turn in through the inner harbour entrance.  Then it’s up to you whether you do a handbrake turn to come alongside port side to on the pontoon or just drop on starboard side to and leave the turning bit until departure!! ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Most berthing options have been discussed above; the pontoon is the obvious choice (they were charging £12/boat/night in 2010).  ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson | 5th Apr 2017
These noted were reviewed by Don in April 2017. Unfortunately they haven't yet been able to fund new storm gates here and the harbour is "officially" close. About half a dozen visitors a year still drop in there and tie up for a tide but they have to be warned that the harbour is uninsured and they do so at their own risk.
Annalong Now Dries
Written by Taff | 4th Jul 2015
The hole where the pontoon used to be has now filled, and we were advised that the harbour now dries completely. It is very crowded with local fishing boats, and you would probably have to raft up if you can take the ground, which causes more problems. Pity!
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Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Apr 2015
The situation at Annalong has not changed much; the surge gates are still awaiting repair, the pontoon has been removed and until such times as the local council gets its act together we would not recommend this harbour
Update October 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 31st Oct 2013
These notes were updated in October 2013 by Don Thomson. There is a major change in that in the Spring of 2013 the surge gates into the inner harbour collapsed and, as yet, the Council have not funded their repair or replacement. This means that in onshore conditions there can be considerable surge in the inner harbour. The Harbour's insurance is no longer valid and they are not charging harbour dues though we are told by the HM that boats are still using the harbour given these provisos.
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