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Ballyhalbert Bay and Harbour

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AC2156 East Coast & Strangford Lough, SC5612.9A Portavogie to Ballywalter, Imray C62 Irish Sea

Rules & Regulations

None Known


Burial Island a couple of cables ESE of the pierhead

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW as Portavogie and Dover: MHWS 4.7m MHWN 3.9m MLWN 1.4m MLWS 0.6==-Still very much under the influence of the strong streams through the North Channel so expect off shore rates in the region of 2.5 knots at Springs.

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General Description

Contacts: As at Ballywalter there are no reports of a Harbour Master at Ballyhalbert (In fact the HM at Donaghadee covers this harbour)

Ballyhalbert Bay is another useful anchorage on the East coast of Northern Ireland. It has good holding in shelter from offshore winds and a small pier and slip which dry at low water. As soon as the wind gets any East in it there is a heavy swell in the bay which prohibits anchoring.  There’s not very much here; the pier is used by a few local fishing boats and the village itself is mainly residential apart from a holiday camp situated on a disused airfield a mile up the coast.

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There are no problems getting into the bay to anchor a cable from the pierhead in about 5m.....

.....holding is generally good.  Strangers to the area would be advised to take a course outside the Burial Rock giving its South side a good offing although there is a narrow channel between the rock and the shore you need to know exactly where the deep water is to be safe.

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

A smallish boat with bilge keels could enter here at high water....

.... but unless you have a special reason to stop here there’s not a lot of point; at high water the Northbound stream is about to start and if you’re waiting for the South bound stream you’ll have to anchor off to wait for it in deep water!


Ashore there is water near the pier and some shops. Regrettably the petrol station has closed.


Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 27th Jul 2022
I think that, if there was a pub in the village it is no longer there.
Update Early Summer 2021
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 17th Jun 2021
No Changes
Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 1st May 2019
These notes were reviewed in May 2019. No changes but the chart has been updated.
Written by Don Thomson | 5th Apr 2017
No changes
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 20th Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2015.
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Update November 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 11th Nov 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don Thomson on the 11th November 2013. No changes apart from the closure of the filling station.
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