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Ardglass Harbour

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Flag, Red Ensign


54°15.355N 005°35.468


AC0633 Ardglass and Killough Harbours, AC0044-0 Nose of Howth to Ballyquintin Point, SC 5612.3A & B, Imray C62 (has an Ardglass Harbour Plan)

Rules & Regulations

None known but HM should be raised on #12 before entry.


Once past the South Pier inbound for the Marina the channel narrows and has rocks and shallows close to either hand. All the navigation marks within the harbour are not shown on AC0633.but they adhere to the standard format of reds, greens and cardinal marks and should be followed religiously even though the turn to port into the marina appears to be “the long way round”. Note that the armouring around the end of the South pier extends out for quite a distance and is marked by a pole. Entry is difficult in SE gales.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW is Dover +0025. MHWS 5.2m MHWN 4.2m MLWN 1.7m MLWS 0.7m   (links)

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General Description

Harbour Master VHF #12, #16                     tel      028 4484 1291 8am to 5pm Mon to Fri
Phennick Cove Marina VHF #M #80            tel      028 4484 2332 or 07711 232525
... read more


Before making an approach contact the HM on VHF #12 to advise him that you want to come in..... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

There is seldom a berth in the fish dock for a yacht.... ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 22nd Jul 2022
No changes
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Update Early Summer 2021
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 14th Jun 2021
I reviewed these notes in June 2021. Nothing has changed since we last wrote, not even the price
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Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 25th Apr 2019
These notes were reviewed in April 2019. Prices seem a little arbitrary and they no longer charge for electricity. I've uploaded new charts. The ECM at the entrance to the marina was blown away in the March gales but will be replaced shortly.
Written by Macboatmaster | 18th Jul 2018
Thinking of visiting and will update if I do
Found this on a web search

seems particularly detailed - indeed better than the one on the Ardglass Marina site



By Don Thomson (Editor). This the old "inyourfootsteps" site. It has been much improved over the years. We at vmh tend not to put in a lot of touristy stuff but I do envy their photographic cover!
Written by Don Thomson | 27th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017. There were no changes except to the price. New chats have been uploaded
2016 visit....a very pleasant wee town.
Written by Liam O'Connor | 16th Aug 2016
I enjoyed two visits to Ardglass this Summer, enroute from Waterford to Campbeltown & on the way back.
As my Westerly Centaur only draws 3ft I had no difficulties.
Fuel is close by, as the local garage/supermarket is only a few hundred yards up the street (to the right).
Nice pub enroute - strangely you would hardly know it was a pub from the outside. Forgotten the name.

I'll be back.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 16th Mar 2015
These notes were updated by Don in March 2015. The channel into the marina was dredged in the spring of 2014 and we have provided the latest Admiralty Chart of the harbour which was mentioned in the text of our original entry. They will be increasing prices for 2015 and now charge for shore power & showers.
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 1st Nov 2013
These notes were reviewed on 1st November 2013 by Don Thomson. Since our original entry (which already drew attention to the discrepancies on charted depths) there have been more groundings and I have included further warnings in the notes. It would appear that the original soundings were incorrect and there has been a recent Admiralty survey which, it is hoped, will correct this. At the moment the Marina advises deep draft vessels not to make an approach an hour either side of LW. (The grounding this summer were at the lowest LWS of the year) Other than that I have updated the prices to the 2013 rates, noted the presence of the slip and addition of WiFi to the facilities.
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Stormbound for 3 days
Written by Miura | 13th Oct 2013
We spent 3 days here in May 2013. We ate well at the very friendly golf club, Aldo's restaurant and also at the really excellent Chinese. A huge helping of scollops! A golfer we met at the club owned the oil business and sorted us out for diesel. There is a fish factory just out the road (10 min walk) and the owner is a yachtsman. We got 2 huge bags of really fresh monkfish, plaice and some type of flounder for £30. There was a very friendly pub in the square, the name of which escapes me. We had heard about the shallow patches near the entrance so avoided low water entrance/exit. The marina staff were friendly and the facilities of a good standard. We passed 3 pleasant days there waiting for the winds to settle, the rain to stop and the temperature to rise. Life could have been worse.
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another grounding at ardglass marina
Written by shootthewave | 31st Aug 2013
There was another grounding at ardglass marina yesterday. A yacht sent out a panpan distress call to the coast guard. Please do not try to enter the marina at low water.
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