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AC 633 Wicklow; AC1468 Arklow to the Skerries Islands; SC5621; Imray C61 St Georges Channel (Wicklow Plan)

Rules & Regulations

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Horseshoe Bank just South of Wicklow head; Various banks four to six mile off shore, some of which are quite shallow and will kick up overfalls in prolonged easterly weather; Planet Rock and Pogeen Rock off the root of the East Pier wall.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW is HW Dublin – 0020; MHWS 2.7m MLWN 2.3m MLWN 1.1m MLWS 0.7m; The streams between the off shore banks and the coast run up to at least 2 to 2.5 kts at springs down to 1kt maximum at neaps. You need to keep this in mind when passage planning and also when turning towards the coast; you must remember to turn early or you’ll be swept past.

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General Description

Contacts:  Wicklow HM  VHF #14      tel no +353 (0) 40467455; 
Wicklow Sailing Club tel no +353 (0) 40467526 http://www.wicklowsailingclub.com/

Wicklow Harbour consist of an inner and outer harbour; the outer harbour is an extension of the banks of the River Leitrim (some times know as the Vartry River) whilst the inner harbour is formed by the piers reinforcing the north and south banks of the river as far as the arched bridge across the river in linking the Murrough spit with the main town. The river itself flows along parallel to the Murrough spit from the North for a couple of miles behind the sand dunes separating the low lying hinterland from the sea.

The outer harbour has two walls known as the East and West walls and the middle is fairly shallow. It is sheltered from all but Northerly and North Easterly winds which set up a swell inside the harbour.  The river piers are the North and South piers which are reserved for commercial traffic but in exceptional circumstances (like the Round Ireland Race) may be use by yachts.

A few years ago the road access to the harbour for HGVs was improved and now you can expect to see large coasters coming in to Wicklow and tying up at the Packet Pier between the inner and outer harbours two or three time a week
From the yachties point of view Wicklow is most famous for its Sailing Club’s hosting of the biennial Round Ireland Race.  The next Race is presumably in 2024 but Notice of the Race has not yet been posted with the main website at:-

SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race 2022 

Obviously the harbour will be pretty full of competitors during the sailing of that internationally famous race so, unless you are involved in the event or have booked a berth very early, I’d give it a miss. For the weekend of the race the town hosts a “Fest” which starts on the Thursday, well before the race itself, which starts at lunchtime on the Sunday and you can expect finishers to start appearing back over the Northern horizon early on the Wednesday morning.

Outside that weekend there’s normally a good welcome to be found here and the Sailing Club is a cheerful host.
If you want an overview of the harbour from the shore go to our link below

Street view


There is a yellow marker buoy at the end of a sewage outflow

...... about half a mile NE of the harbour entrance which is as good a point to make for as any other if coming from the North; from the South give Wicklow Head a reasonable offing and beware of the tidal streams close in to the North of the Head which can set you in towards the shore.

Note also that if approaching at night the “safe” sector of the red/white sector light on the East Pierhead is Red and will keep you clear of the rocks lying off the East Pier.  Be careful of those rocks if approaching close in from the South, there are rocks awash at HW outside the more obvious drying rocks.

Other than that the approach is trouble free as long as you make sufficient allowance for the tidal streams running up and down the coast and of course are not making your approach in strong N or NE winds when the harbour entrance can become impassable.

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The moorings to the South of the West pier belong to the Sailing Club and not

...... to be used without prior arrangements and the inner harbour is reserved for commercial traffic. Visiting yachts should tie up at the East Pier. Harbour dues (2019) are still a straight 15.00 Euros per craft. (And there is still no power available on the East Pier)

Should the wind turn into the North or NE it is normally possible for a visiting boat to move into the inner harbour but you should expect to be rafted against a fishing vessel.

Anchoring within the harbour is not an option due to the large vessels entering and leaving from the Packet Quay which need the room to turn.


There is a water tap on the East pier but no shore power. Toilets are available and when it’s open (most evenings) visitors are welcome to use the showers at the Sailing Club. As County Wicklow’s County town it is well endowed with shops, supermarkets and is a good spot to re-provision. Gas/Gaz is available near the pier.

You should contact the HM to organise diesel but petrol will have to be found in the town (it’s beside the Tescos Supermarket on the old Dublin Road)

Eating, Drinking & Entertainment

This is a lovely place for a run ashore; for a start the sailing club would be hurt if you did not drop in for a yarn and after that you are spoiled for choice.

If it’s raining there’s always the cinema or the bowling alley and several games arcades; this is, after all, a holiday destination as well as a port so plenty to do.


Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Contender | 27th Jun 2023
Called in here for overnight late June 2023. Very quiet except for watersports activities. Swimmers, rowers sups and more in outer harbour. Sailing club wasn't open. No toilets discovered. Convenient timbers along east pier make mooring alongside easy with ladders to get up to the pier. Some fishing boat activity in morning. Love the paintings of visiting ships all along the pier wall. Could not find a harbour office. Maybe it's up river somewhere.
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 18th Oct 2022
No changes
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 16th Sep 2021
I reviewed these notes in September 2021. Basically they haven't changed anything; there's been a slight increase in the commercial traffic and their visiting yacht dues remain at 15 Euros per night.
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Update Summer 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 30th Jul 2019
These notes were reviewed in July 2019. Nothing has changed.
Written by Don Thomson | 27th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017. Nothing has changed, visiting yachts basically get somewhere to tie up but no services.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 23rd Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2015. Note that there is no Round Ireland race this year, the next one is in 2016. They have not made any increase in their charges for visiting yachts
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Update December 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 12th Dec 2013
These notes were reviewed on 12th December 2013. The only change was to the date of the next RIR and the harbour dues for a yacht have gone up to 15 Euros per night.
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