Contacts: For both Greencastle and Moville contact the HM (Frank McDermott) 00353 (0)868166151.
Greencastle lies just inside the entrance to Lough Foyle and is a convenient stop-over for boats cruising the North coast of Ireland but do not want to go all the way up the Lough to Londonderry. It is well sheltered in all weathers but the entrance will be awkward in strong winds from the WSW through South to ENE.
Although there was activity here to support the original “Green castle” built in Norman times the first pier was not constructed until the early 19thC. This has been expanded over the years and today it contains the terminal for the Magilligan Ferry and also services the Port of Londonderry Pilots.
Moville is 2nm further SW along the coast from Greencastle and, of the two, probably has more in the way of amenities in the town though the shelter is not so good. It consists of a single pier on which most of the inside berths are taken by local fishing boats and the outside berths exposed to the tides and any weather from over the Lough.
Yachtsmen should take note that although there is an anchorage between here and Carrickarory Pier it is in the tideway which can make rowing ashore or back a protracted affair if your dinghy is not equipped with an outboard motor. ... read more
The approaches to Lough Foyle are dealt with in our article Lough Foyle, Londonderry Marina & Approaches
Until recently the entrance to Greencastle was delineated by a sector light on the NW harbour entrance but this has now been removed during the building of a new outer harbour.
Unfortunately that improvement has been put on indefinite hold so that, at present, all that has been done is an incomplete breakwater to the SW of the harbour stretching about 150m out from the shore and has an ECM (VQ(3) 5s) at its outer end. The sector light has been replaced with a red lead in mark on the inner wall of the harbour with 2 Flashing Green vertical lights which may or may not be working.
The entrance to the harbour is marked with flashing red and green lights as standard. For a night approach come in using the green light on the entrance wall as a front mark and the two flashing greens as a back mark and when comfortably clear of the flashing light on the ECM ease over to put the two vertical lights on the back mark in the middle of the harbour entrance lights. If coming in from the Magilligan narrows don’t cut the corner round the outside harbour wall as it shallows a bit there but on the whole there is plenty of water in the entrance. ... read more