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Howth Yacht Club Marina

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Just to the South of the Howth SHM (53°23.72N, 006°03.53W)


AC 1468 Arklow to Skerries; AC1415 Howth; SC5621-10B Howth

Rules & Regulations

4kts in the Harbour and Marina


Baldoyle Spit extending out for 1½ due East from Portmarnock Point.
Rowan Rocks scattered from the SW to the SE of Thulla out to 2 cables from Thulla.
Puck’s Rocks to the NW of the Nose of Howth out to about 6 cables from the shore.
Boulder protection around the pier extension on the east pier of Howth
Depths around the entrance to the marina channel have been reported as below published so entry for deep draft yachts not advised at LWS

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW is HW Dublin -0015 ; MHWS 4.1m MHWN 3.3m MLWN 1.3m MLWS 0.5m; Tide rates in Howth Sound reach 2.0 kts at Springs

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General Description

Contacts:  Howth Marina VHF #80    tel  +353 (0)1 839 27777   

Howth (the "o" is short as in "hope") is a harbour about five miles north of Dublin on the north side of the Ben of Howth and a mile west of the Nose of Howth.  It’s tucked in behind Ireland’s Eye and is well protected from winds in most quarters except that when the wind is in the East the swell in the East Channel has a chance to build up so that the turn to port to enter the harbour will be across the swell and quite exciting!

The harbour is home to both leisure sailors and fishing vessels but their use is delineated by a central pier; fishing vessels use the Western Basin and leisure craft the Inner and Outer Eastern Basins.  The channel in to the Marina in the outer basin has been well dredged but at LWS may not be deep enough for deep drafted boats; there have been reports of a mud bank close the channel within the harbour with depths of as little as 1.2m (so with MLWS at 0.5m, if you have a draft of 1.8+, you do the maths!)
The marina here is, along with Malahide Marina, one of Ireland’s finest yachting facilities and a popular spot for yachtsmen from Dublin. 

It is a top of the range marina and offers sheltered berths and access to all the services you would normally expect of a top class marina but at a cost marginally less than Malahide.  The Marina here is owned by the Howth Yacht Club who must be congratulated on the development; along with the marina they have an impressive Club house which is open to all visiting yachts.

The Yacht Club is housed in quite a large building and has all the usual facilities, in spades; a large bar with several seating areas, an a la carte restaurant, modern changing rooms including a laundrette; it has to be seen to be believed.  Obviously such facilities come at a price and if you clew up here you must expect to pay for it, admittedly not quite as much as up the road at Malahide but certainly as much as one would expect in the marinas in the Solent.


The Marina website is at



If you come up from the South entry is simple;

....... you will presumably be running up with the flood so depth is not a real problem. Leave the Nose of Howth three or four hundred yards to port, head NW for the Howth SHM and when the end of the pier bears just south of West turn towards it; you will have both the old pierhead lighthouse (quite substantial) and the mast light on the pier extension in sight to its right; give the mast light which is lit at night at least fifty yards offing to avoid the boulders around it and when the harbour entrance is well open turn towards that.

From the North you have the choice of coming round to seaward of Ireland’s Eye or popping down through Howth Sound to the West of it. If coming round the outside don’t turn towards the harbour too early; stay outside the Rowan Rocks ECM and the Howth SHM unless you are very familiar with these waters.  The course to the inside of Ireland’s Eye is not a problem as long as you remember the Baldoyle Spit and keep within 2 cables of the Martello Tower on the North end of the Eye until it is well astern and then pass to the West of the South Rowan SHM (the flood is north here so the buoy should be left to port). If you are deep draft and you are coming down on the ebb you need to be careful of the depths, especially if your final run in is from the east and there is a heavy swell developed where you could find yourself bouncing off the bottom in the troughs as you get in close.

You might consider dropping the pick in Carrigeen Bay (West side of the Eye) to wait for deeper water

It’s here that the fun could start; ahead of you, to the right of the West pierhead, you will see the red marked end of the central pier dividing the commercial harbour from the leisure harbour; that is not red for your benefit, it’s for the fishing vessels; your marks are the green poles ahead to the left of that, you leave them to starboard (and the red poles, even further to the left, to port). At the same time be aware that at any time (and normally at the narrowest bit when Murphy is operating) a fishing vessel could appear leaving harbour on your starboard bow; and guess who the burden vessel is?!! 

If you are lucky you may have noticed his masts moving over the harbour wall and adjusted accordingly; if not, be prepared to alter to starboard to cross his stern and be aware of the small reef extending out from the west pier before resuming your course into the marina.  The channel into the marina is well marked and the fingers are labelled alphabetically (A/B being the first you come to). Once through the channel stay to the marina side of the red poles surrounding it as outside them the harbour dries at low water.

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The small craft moorings in the outer harbour are all allocated

...... and there’s a waiting list so your only option here is the marina unless you anchor off Ireland’s Eye in Carrigeen Bay. 

Advanced bookings are required

If you haven't been given a berth by radio or phone, tie up to the nearest hammer head to port or, if they are all occupied, tie up under the crane and walk ashore to get instructions.

We have added a new enlarged plan of the marina with the berth numbers. Note that J1 thro' J9 are narrow berths and may not be suitable for beamy boats. 

Howth Yacht Club is extremely active and on big racing weekends visiting berths are at a premium and, unless you are involved in the racing, you may well find that there’s no room in the inn so it would be wise to book ahead. 

Their charges for 20212 remain at 3.96 Euros per meter/day with a minimum of 23.76 Euros ( includes free shore power unless staying for a week). 

Note our members note re the security arrangements where you need separate security for the Marina at night.


As you would expect the marina has every facility you could want and has attracted ancillary engineering services galore. Diesel and petrol is available but you’ll have to pick up the petrol in cans from the marina office.

Eating, Drinking & Entertainment

There is, of course, the Yacht Club restaurant and bar but there are also a good few eateries, bars and fast food outlets just outside the harbour on the shore road. 

Those of you who prefer the bright lights will find a good bus and rail service into Dublin and all it has to offer.


Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 11th Oct 2022
I reviewed these notes in October 2022. They've held their fees at the 2021 prices but you should expect a rise next year. Otherwise, there are no major changes - remember to book in advance
A good spot to stop at.
Written by Charlie Bravo | 4th Aug 2022

Visit 03.07.22
Howth is pronounced Hoat as in boat , no ‘th’ in Irish.

The harbour approach is well marked, and following the starboard marks south of the island ‘Eye of Ireland’ takes you to the mouth of the harbour to your port.
It’s not very deep, as charted, so go in with plenty of water if you have a fin keel.

Pre booking is advised, and by phoning the day or two before arrival gets you a slot, radio or phone 1/2 hour before arrival for your berth number.

Berthing is good, modern, well maintained, and the sailing club is active with evening sailing, races, and tutoring for everything from paddle boards to ribs , plenty going on.

Facilities are good, showers are geared toward mass attendance of large groups of racing types ….. plenty of showers with curtains and good hot water, and a walk with your towel back to your clothes to get dressed …. so no great privacy but not an issue early in the day or later on.
Bar with restaurant on site with odd opening times, and the sailing club bar ….. but we didn’t visit it, seems popular.

Laundry on site, tokens from the office.

Town is close by, plenty of coffee bars, chip shops, and a couple of small shops for provisions were found.

With a 0400 start the following day, the club party starting at 2100 was a bit un needed, but don’t think it is a regular event, just sod’s law.

A good place to rest , one of the better run places on the east coast.
£38.00 for our Jeanneau 35, 10.7M per night inc. shore power, water and facilities.
A key card for all hours access is issued at €10 returnable deposit.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 7th Sep 2021
I reviewed these notes in September 2021. They have gone up to 3.96 Euros per metre for visitors. Note that they do like advanced bookings for visitors.
Update Summer 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 22nd Jul 2019
These notes were reviewed in July 2019. As far as we can tell they are still charging 3.5 Euros per metre and there are no changes to their facilities. Read the notes on their website re out of hours arrivals and the notes below re entry codes to the pontoons.
Written by Don Thomson | 10th Jul 2018
We have added an extra enlarged image of the marina showing the berth numbers and the narrow berths J1 thro' J9.

Many thanks to Macboater below for the heads up on this
Howth - may be usful info
Written by Macboatmaster | 9th Jul 2018
Just returned from a visit for a few days. Price still Euro 3.65 per metre per night. Diesel E1.15 per litre for less than 120 ltrs. If over 120 then E0.75, so if possible make sure you need 120+ when you get there.
The staff at the Marina and in the Club are very helpful. I was single manned and had help waiting to take ropes for berthing, without even asking.

The security card is needed to enter the outer gates of the Howth Club site and shower/changing facilities etc., within the site, as all the site and Marina are secure. However after 2130, when the gate to the pontoons is shut. it is also needed to access the pontoons, from the Clubhouse Bar and restaurant. So if like me you do not think you need it, when only going to the Yacht Club, make sure you have the key code for the gate to the Pontoons. The access code changes daily. I found the meals in the Yacht Club to be the best value, good quality and reasonably priced.

When requesting berth advise of beam as well as length, as a check of the marina plan will show that J2 to J9 are restricted width between berths. They moved me to F pier, without me asking whilst I was fuelling on arrival. Had the `house been full` berthing in my original allocated J would have been testing to say the least.
Written by Don Thomson | 25th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017. I see they've put up their prices. New charts will be uploaded
Update December 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 2nd Dec 2013
These notes were updated by Don Thomson on the 2nd of December 2013. Very little has changed - not even the prices!
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