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Ardglass Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign

Waypoint

5415.355N 00535.468

Charts

AC0633 Ardglass and Killough Harbours, AC0044-0 Nose of Howth to Ballyquintin Point, SC 5612.3A & B, Imray C62 (has an Ardglass Harbour Plan)

Rules & Regulations

None known but HM should be raised on #12 before entry.

Hazards

Once past the South Pier inbound for the Marina the channel narrows and has rocks and shallows close to either hand. All the navigation marks within the harbour are not shown on AC0633.but they adhere to the standard format of reds, greens and cardinal marks and should be followed religiously even though the turn to port into the marina appears to be the long way round. Note that the armouring around the end of the South pier extends out for quite a distance and is marked by a pole. Entry is difficult in SE gales.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW is Dover +0025. MHWS 5.2m MHWN 4.2m MLWN 1.7m MLWS 0.7m   (links)

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General Description

Contacts:-
Harbour Master VHF #12, #16                     tel      028 4484 1291 8am to 5pm Mon to Fri
Phennick Cove Marina VHF #M #80            tel      028 4484 2332

This harbour is the only all weather, all tides (?) harbour between Howth and Bangor and provides a working base for a small fleet of fishing vessels which crowd into the harbour at the end of the day. There is a fish processing plant on the South Pier which is conspicuous from the approach. There are doubts about the "all tides" claim in respect of the marina as depths around the NE end of the detached mole may be less than advertised (see below)

The harbour has three basic areas; the fish dock which occupies the inside of the South Pier, the marina which is tucked into the Western corner behind a detached breakwater and the inner harbour, which dries, in the North West corner.  Between the South Pierhead and the detached mole is Churn Rock marked with an SCM, boats entering the fish dock leave it to Starboard whilst those proceeding to the marina leave it well to port.  ... read more

Approach

Before making an approach contact the HM on VHF #12 to advise him that you want to come in and then call the Marina to be allocated a berth appropriate for your draft. If deep drafted you would be wise to seek advice from the HM on the depth of water available around the corner into  the marina.

If coming from the South, care should be taken to identify Ardglass correctly; you would not be the first to swan into Killough Bay from the South mistaking it for Ardglass. Ardglass Bay is much less conspicuous than Killough Bay but it does have its unmistakeable high South Pier.

There are no off-lying hidden dangers and if it’s a nice day there’s no need to plod all the way out to the initial fix, just stay well clear of the end of the South Pier foundations (probably marked by a pole) and turn in towards the harbour when the white lighthouse on the end of the North pier begins to open. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

There is seldom a berth in the fish dock for a yacht but if you need diesel you may have to take your boat round there for delivery by tanker. Here’s not much room to anchor anywhere in the harbour so you will have to go in to the marina where the pontoons have water and shore power (an extra £2 a day). ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

13 comments
2016 visit....a very pleasant wee town.
Written by Liam O'Connor | 16th Aug 2016
I enjoyed two visits to Ardglass this Summer, enroute from Waterford to Campbeltown & on the way back.
As my Westerly Centaur only draws 3ft I had no difficulties.
Fuel is close by, as the local garage/supermarket is only a few hundred yards up the street (to the right).
Nice pub enroute - strangely you would hardly know it was a pub from the outside. Forgotten the name.

I'll be back.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 16th Mar 2015
These notes were updated by Don in March 2015. The channel into the marina was dredged in the spring of 2014 and we have provided the latest Admiralty Chart of the harbour which was mentioned in the text of our original entry. They will be increasing prices for 2015 and now charge for shore power & showers.
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 1st Nov 2013
These notes were reviewed on 1st November 2013 by Don Thomson. Since our original entry (which already drew attention to the discrepancies on charted depths) there have been more groundings and I have included further warnings in the notes. It would appear that the original soundings were incorrect and there has been a recent Admiralty survey which, it is hoped, will correct this. At the moment the Marina advises deep draft vessels not to make an approach an hour either side of LW. (The grounding this summer were at the lowest LWS of the year) Other than that I have updated the prices to the 2013 rates, noted the presence of the slip and addition of WiFi to the facilities.
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Stormbound for 3 days
Written by Miura | 13th Oct 2013
We spent 3 days here in May 2013. We ate well at the very friendly golf club, Aldo's restaurant and also at the really excellent Chinese. A huge helping of scollops! A golfer we met at the club owned the oil business and sorted us out for diesel. There is a fish factory just out the road (10 min walk) and the owner is a yachtsman. We got 2 huge bags of really fresh monkfish, plaice and some type of flounder for £30. There was a very friendly pub in the square, the name of which escapes me. We had heard about the shallow patches near the entrance so avoided low water entrance/exit. The marina staff were friendly and the facilities of a good standard. We passed 3 pleasant days there waiting for the winds to settle, the rain to stop and the temperature to rise. Life could have been worse.
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another grounding at ardglass marina
Written by shootthewave | 31st Aug 2013
There was another grounding at ardglass marina yesterday. A yacht sent out a panpan distress call to the coast guard. Please do not try to enter the marina at low water.
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ardglass marina is NOT 24/7 ACCESS
Written by shootthewave | 30th Aug 2013
My yacht [6 ft draft] and another both grounded when leaving ardglass marina on 22/8/2013.It was on a low spring tide.This happened between the east cardinal mark and the first port hand mark. A sand bank has built up as it has not been dredged since the marina was created 18 years ago.
It was 50 minutes before we were able to move.I have advised the mca about this, as any yacht entering this marina at low water and a ground swell will be put at serious risk.
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A little gem
Written by Zig Zag Westerly | 13th Aug 2013
Brought a Westerly Centaur over from England last summer, stayed at Ardglass for 2 months prior to moving boat to permanent mooring at Warrenpoint. Found the local boaters very welcoming and helpful, and Fred ( Marina caretaker ) always most helpful. Ardglass is highly recommended. Saw visiting boats from Spain, France, Norway and Denmark, as well as ones closer to home. Excellent shower/cooking/relaxing facilities. A welcome awaits in local pubs, and the food at the Golf Club ( no membership required ) is first class, with very reasonable prices. Look nowhere else to eat. I'll be back again and again.
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The Cardinal Mark is STILL out of position
Written by Old Man of The Sea | 12th Apr 2013
The Cardinal Mark is STILL out of position, in fact it's STILL sitting in the boat yard. !

Presently replaced by a pink mooring buoy ............so be warned



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Cardinal mark - out of position
Written by Old Man of The Sea | 3rd Apr 2013
The Cardinal Mark is out of position, in fact it's sitting in the boat yard. !

Mariners be warned!
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Ardglass Marina - disabled boat owners & users NOT welcome
Written by Old Man of The Sea | 27th Feb 2013
I can concur with the last poster. People with disabilities have very reasonably asked for adjustments in access arrangements at the marina & we have to report here that the management not only have refused to make (DDA) adjustments they have actually refused to even reply to disabled persons correspondence !

EDITOR... again this is not really the place to air local politics
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