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Slade Harbour

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Irish Tricolour


52° 08.00N 006° 54.00W


AC 2049 Old Head of Kinsale to Tuskar Rock, AC 2046 Waterford Harbour, SC 5621 Entrance to Waterford, Imray C57 Tuskar Rock to Old Head of Kinsale (Waterford Harbour Plan)

Rules & Regulations



Lobster Pots, Not suitable in Easterlies above a force 3 to 4.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Depth in Outer Harbour is 4.7m at Springs and 3.2m at Neaps. Dries at LW, There is no accurate information as to depths and those given above are approximations. Local experience is that the Tides at Cheek Point are closest to the tides here. The Admiralty gives predictions for Baginbun Head, which may be as useful, and the link to these is given on the right of this page.

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General Description

Slade Harbour was built a mile NE of Hook Head as a relief project

....... back in the 1870’s during the famine and is now used by local lobster potters.  It is a small harbour consisting of an outer harbour with a narrow entrance and an inner harbour with an even narrower one. 

The inner harbour is generally fairly crowded with local boats; the larger potters occupying the walls and open boats on running moorings in the middle of the harbour. There can be more room in the outer harbour but there are still a fair few potting boats. Outside the harbour, the bottom is rock and of poor holding.

The harbour dries at LW so, all told it does not lend itself as a very convenient place for any boat which cannot take the ground inside the harbour and you’d probably find it difficult to find room for anything above eight or nine meters in length.

On the other hand, if you are in a smaller boat and the weather is worsening from the SW, making the passage round Hook Head look a bit daunting then this would be a very good place to slip into and wait for the conditions to improve, especially as you won’t be pressured by increasing harbour dues to go back out before it suits you.


You need to make your approach two or three hours either....

...... side of HW at which time you should have no problems getting in.

If you are creeping round the coast from the NE watch out for the shallows, known as Brecaun Bridge, about three quarters of a mile from the harbour entrance. Other than that there may be a line of lobster keep-pots outside the harbour; keep those on the starboard hand as you approach the entrance.

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

You may be able to find a berth alongside but may have to raft with a potter.

There is not much room to manoeuvre so you could well have to warp her round when it comes time to leave.  Silting in the SE corner of the harbour can reduce the depth available by as much as a meter and may cause significant “outward” lean when you take the ground.


There are no facilities here at all apart from public toilets (and we are not sure that those exist!!)

Eating, Drinking & Entertainment

The keys to the castle may be obtained from Mr Richard Rice at Slade House. +353 (0)868228801


Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 25th Oct 2022
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 13th Sep 2021
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 13th Sep 2021
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Update Summer 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 29th Jul 2019
These notes were reviewed in July 2019. We believe that our previous notes re public toilets were in error and that this harbour does not have any facilities at all.
Written by Don Thomson | 26th Apr 2017
These notes were updated in April 2017. Some new photos have been added and the charts updated
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 21st Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2015. Still not much here and no changes
Update December 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 12th Dec 2013
These notes were reviewed 12th December 2013; no changes were necessary.
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