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Kilmore Quay

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52° 09.20N 006° 35.30W (Kilmore Quay SWM )


AC 2740 Saltee Islands; AC 2049 Old Head of Kinsale to Tuskar Rock; SC5621; Imray C61 St George’s Channel (no harbour plan) : Imray C57 Tuskar Rock to Old Head of Kinsale (Kilmore harbour plan)

Rules & Regulations

None Known


Rocks, shallows and strong tidal streams. The biggest hazard is that the lat & long positions derived from AC 2740 cannot be relied upon for GPS positions. The chart itself warns you to use “alternative sources of positional information” which means you need to break out the hand bearing compass (and dust it)

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW is HW Dover -0530 or HW Cobh +0014: MHWS 3.8m MHWN 2.8m LW no information ; At springs the streams here are very strong, up to 3.0 kts through Saltee Sound and as much as 4.5kts over St Patrick’s Bridge. Generally the streams flow East from an hour before HW Cobh to five hours after but over St Patrick’s Bridge it turns East nearly three hours before HW Cobh. South of the Saltee Islands the streams are a nightmare; they start off North an hour before HW Cobh, gradually shift round to the East and then the SE reaching their maximum about two hours after HW Cobh when they are flowing ENE. The direction continues to alter round through South to NW reaching its maximum when West by South about four hours before HW Cobh.

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General Description

Contacts: Kilmore Quay Marina VHF 9  tel no +353 (0)53 9129955 mob +353 879001037  ... read more


This corner of Ireland is a nightmare to navigate in; ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

There is only the marina which will be a bit crowded at the height of the season. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Serenity of Pwllheli | 9th Jun 2024
Stayed for 2 nights early June 2024, including the Irish bank holiday Monday.

Approach requires vigilance over St Patrick’s Bridge and following the leading marks. Immediate turn to port at the entrance of the harbour.

Harbour Master and everyone incredibly friendly and helpful. We stayed on the west hammerhead. No one rafted next to us, or elsewhere.

Kilmore Quay is very attractive village. Mix of a busy working harbour, and holiday resort. Good pubs and restaurants and more thatched cottages in a short space that I’ve ever seen.

Fish and chips opposite possibly best I’ve ever had. Close by is a beach sauna. €15 50 minutes. Nearby chandler very well stocked. Fuel pontoon self service and available 24 hours. Diesel only. We took the bus to Wexford for an explore only 50 minutes and good view of the countryside.

Will definitely be back.
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Written by Fiona Balloch | 4th Jun 2023
1 euro for 4-min shower, short walk from pontoons. Great icecream shop opposite marina and amazing beaches to the left and right of the marina- just a couple of minutes walk. Harbour master will always find you a place- we were rafted 4 deep for one night then got our own berth. 30 euros a night berth.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 13th Oct 2022
No changes, not even prices but watch this space for next year.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 7th Sep 2021
No changes. Not even the price (and their "summer" season finishes at the end of August)
Update Summer 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 25th Jul 2019
These notes were reviewed in July 2019. Thank you for the comments below - they make keeping the main text up to date so much easier! I've included the remarks about the shower block's opening hours (This practice is becoming more prevalent). I'm uploading new charts; I have a memory of a "reported rock" on the Saltees chart a few years ago - seems to have either been removed or conformed and edited in.
Nice harbour
Written by De Verleiding | 28th May 2019
Very nice harbour with nice walks and bike routes.
Showers open till 7 PM ( € 1.00 4 min.)
Easy harbour with frienly harbourmaster.
pays € 2,00 p/m in May (from June = 2,50)
Nice stop before to go to Wexford
You have to pay for the electra 10 kWhrs for € 5,00 if you by more it's cheeper
No showers ?
Written by SeaFury | 4th Sep 2017
A delightful harbour, yet bizarrely, the marina shower/toilet block is locked from 5pm till 9am the next morning. (Sept - May)
and from 8pm to 8am (June - Aug).
Written by Don Thomson | 25th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017 and nothing has changed; not even the price (mind you for an 8 m boat it's steep)
Always Room!
Written by Captain Guy | 28th Jun 2016
I can vouch for the HM quoted as saying "There's always room". Got there on 7th June (Tuesday) and rafted up 3 deep. By the time we got back from the pub there was another boat outside us!
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 17th Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2015. Prices remain the same and I have added a note re clearing away before entering the approach channel.

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