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Carrickfergus Marina and Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


54° 41.8N 005° 47.6W


AC 1752-0 Approaches to Belfast, AC1753-0 Belfast Lough and Approaches, SC 5612.12 , Imray C64 Carlingford Lough to Lough Foyle and Crinan

Rules & Regulations

The buoyed channel in Belfast Lough is a “narrow channel” within the meaning of Rule 9 of the Collision Regs, so keep right and don’t get in the way of large ships...Within Carrickfergus Marina there is a 4knot speed limit and manoeuvring under sail alone is not permitted.


The five metre contour line is a fair way out from the coast so have a care if you have a long fin keel there are 2m soundings in places like the Carrickfergus Bank. There is also a sandbank stretching across the approaches through which is dredged the approach channel itself; be aware of shallows to both port and starboard in the latter stages of the approach

Tidal Data Times & Range

High Water Dover, Belfast +0005. MHWS 3.2m MHWN 2.7m MLWN 0.9m MLWS 0.3m. See "More Info" for animated tidal stream chartlet   (links)

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General Description

Carrickfergus Marina VHF 80       028 9336 6666 
Carrick Marine Projects               028 9335 5884

Carrickfergus Harbour and Marina is situated halfway up Belfast Lough on its northern shore. Both the harbour and marina are administered by Carrickfergus Borough Council which does not offer visitor berths in the harbour; thus all visiting yachts will be directed to a berth in the marina on initial contact with them on VHF 80/M2. 

Carrickfergus has a long and fascinating history and was the principal town in Northern Ireland before Belfast was established.  The castle which dominates the harbour here was built by the Normans in the late 12th Century and has been fought over ever since.  Belfast Lough was originally called Carrickfergus Bay and the Borough existed as a separate county in Ireland for a considerable period after Belfast became the capital.

The marina here is a top of the range facility offering 320 berths and in 2022 is charging £3.20 per metre per night for visiting boats but this does include the use of the shower block. It has numerous prestigious awards and is proud of its service to customers. The "official" marina website can be found at the link below but don't bother, there's more on this site as their site is the standard Council effort.

Carrickfergus Marina | Mid and East Antrim Borough Council


Tidal information:
As can be seen from our set of chartlets for the streams in Belfast Lough (see “More Information” below).....

.......the tidal streams in Belfast Lough can be quite varied. The chartlets show the general direction of the streams throughout the tidal cycle but should be not used as a measurement of exact direction or rate for navigation.  Any transit of these waters must be carefully planned with regard to the tides.

Within the area under the control of Belfast Harbour the streams are not too strong and go with the High and Low waters at Belfast.  Beyond a line from Grey Point to Carrickfergus they diverge (or converge) from the North and South flows in the North Channel. Tidal Diamond B on AC 1753-0 is right in the middle of this convergence and not indicative of what’s going on around the edges. Note from that chart that, in the vicinity of Grey Point to the West of Bangor the flood springs diverge to give a counter current of unspecified strength towards Bangor.

The flows in the vicinity of the Copeland Island group are often contrary to the main flows in the Lough and the North Channel, reach strengths of up to 3.5 kts and can set up races and overflows where they meet.  Off the NE corner of Mew Island there are overfalls on the ebb and flood tides - set NNW and SSE with the tides. It should be noted that as a result of these contrary streams the direction of buoyage within this channel is NW with the flood into the Lough not, as could be expected, SSE with the flood into the Irish sea.

Update Dec 2021  New SHM  (QG) in Position  Lat: 54° 44.125’N Long: 005° 41.606’W off Cloughan Pier


The marina should be contacted for berthing instructions on VHF channel 80 before entering.  Page 16 of the Marina Handbook has a diagram of the berths and a wise skipper would have some sort of copy of that to hand before starting the approach as the berth signage is not that obvious. We have also provided that diagram in our picture gallery top right on this site.

The approach light on the Western pier head of the marina makes the approach to the marina fairly simple. In daylight there are triangular lead in marks; they are a little obscure but the beacons on the pierheads are easily seen. The waypoint is in the central white arc of the approach beacon and the marina can be accessed on a bearing of 310(T) from there.  The entrance to the marina will not be seen until it starts to open in the latter stages of the approach and once abeam the east pierhead a turn to starboard should be initiated to pass through the middle of the entrance prior to turning to port to enter the marina.  The marina lanes are nice and wide (see photos) but an easterly wind can sweep through here so full moorings including outside springs should be considered.

The Marina advises that although every effort is used to maintain the depth in the approach channel it is subject to the shifting sands from the Carrickfergus bank to the west of the channel.  A deep draught boat should stick as close to the channel as possible and consult the Marina on the state of the dredge before beginning an approach.

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

As has been said all visiting boats are moored in the Marina.

If you have seen a plan of the Harbour (as opposed to the Marina) on their website you will have noticed that they provide a "visitors pontoon" at the North end of the Optimist Pontoon; this is not for use by visiting cruisers but a waiting pontoon for regular berth holders in the Inner harbour which is constrained by depth. 

The charges in the Marina in 2022 are  £3.20 per metre per day which is inclusive of VAT and showers. They also do BOGOF if you pay upfront for one night. Electricity is a pound a night


Everything the yachtsman could require is available at Carrickfergus and most are immediately next to the Marina itself.  Diesel is available at their fuel pontoon but petrol must be obtained in cans from the nearby filling station (‘twas ever thus!!).

There is a pump out station and facilities for chemical toilets. If winter storage is required they have a 45 tonne travel hoist, slipway (in the harbour) and available hardstanding.

Carrick Marine Projects provide every repair service going and can even make you new cushions if you want!! It should be noted though that only “contracted” services are allowed in by the marina. The other chandleries and marine services that were here have all shut down.

More Info

Tidal flow animation, Belfast Lough.

Eating, Drinking & Entertainment

There are pubs, restaurants and fast food outlets clustered around the marina and so it is not necessary to plod very far for what one needs.  Behind the flats on the quay there’s a large Sainsburys and a multiplex Cinema along with another group of fast foods.

For pubs see this website:

Carrickfergus pubs and bars; pubs in Carrickfergus, County Antrim 


Restaurants & Places to Eat in Carrickfergus 2022 - Tripadvisor

The marina is also the home of the Carrickfergus Sailing Club which also has showers, a bar and restaurant which visitors are welcome to share.

In short Carrickfergus is an ideal place for the cruising sailor to stop for a while and relax.


Your Ratings & Comments

Written by JumbleDuck | 18th Jul 2023
I'm in the marina as I type this, and they are doing a buy-one-night-get-one-night-free deal, which is nice and makes it exactly half the price of Bangor for a two-night stay. They had this deal on when I was last here in 2014, so it may be a standard thing.
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 27th Jul 2022
I reviewed these notes in July 2022. There is no Marina website as such. Their prices have changed a little otherwise it's pretty much the same. There's a newish Lit SHM (QG) off Cloghan Jetty which is not yet on the UKHO charts.
Update Early Summer 2021
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 27th Jul 2021
I reviewed these notes in June 2021. Very little has changed apart from the prices
Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 2nd May 2019
These notes were reviewed in May 2019. Having had a few years where the chandlery situation was a bit muddled, things have improved markedly; Carrick Marine Projects has upped their game and have a full yachting chandlery and boatyard services. They are still holding their prices to those charged a few years ago but you now have to get your shore power on a metered card system. New charts have been uploaded.
VHF Channel update
Written by Nanu | 15th Dec 2017
The VHF channel for the Marina is Channel 80. Prices for 2017/18 is £2.70 per mt and electricity is charged at 10p per KWh. The BOGOF is still available for those who pay on arrival. There is now an on site Chandlery within the boatyard and operated by Carrick Marine Projects
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Carrickfergus Marina approaches
Written by Eclipse II | 12th Jun 2017
The leading light (sector light) has recently been changed and is now on the seaward pile of the outer pontoon hammerhead.
Written by Don Thomson | 5th Apr 2017
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2017. I have amended the price for an overnight visit but otherwise little has changed. There is no dedicated chandlery here; the boatyard has a small stock but it is hit and miss that they would have what you want.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 19th Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2015. No changes, not even to prices
Update November 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 5th Nov 2013
These notes were updated by Don Thomson on the 5th November 2013. The only changes were to prices which were updated to 2013; they expect those to increase in 2014.
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