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Glenarm Marina

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign

Waypoint

None

Charts

AC 2199 North Channel South Part,...SC5612 – 14, Larne Lough to Cushendun Bay,... Imray C64 Belfast Lough to Lough Foyle and Crinan

Rules & Regulations

Not Known

Hazards

None

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Glenarm varies + or – 20 minutes on Belfast.

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General Description

Contacts:  Harbour Master Glenarm Marina (and Carnlough) 02828 841285 mob  07703 606763 (Billy McCauley). VHF Channel 16 switching to M1 (37A)

Glenarm Marina is situated at the southern end of Carnlough Bay between Garron Point and Park Head and is administered by Larne Borough Council. Originally a small harbour it was refurbished and had forty pontoon berths built early in 2004; the marina services are now completed making it an ideal stopping off point for the coastal cruiser.

The main attraction of Glenarm is the Castle and its Gardens which are open to the public from May to September.  The Castle has been the seat of the Earls of Antrim for centuries and before that was fought over by local clans; it has a fascinating history and for those who are interested details can be found at

http://www.glenarmcastle.com/

Behind Glenarm is a Forest Park with plenty of walks;  one can spend a pleasant summer afternoon exploring this area and the Castle Gardens with its tearoom and gift shop, rounding up at the pub across the road from the marina for sundowners.

The main drawback or attraction, depending on your point of view, is the lack of amenities.  There is a bus service to Carnlough (about ten minutes) and Ballymena (one hour) operating five or six times a day (but not in the evening) and the bus stop is convenient for the marina.

Approach

Tidal Data
The Standard Port for this coastline is Belfast, nearly...

... ten miles inland from the Irish Sea which funnels in and out past here through the North Channel at vast rates causing eddies and counter currents around every headland on the way.  Tidal predictions for the larger ports are as accurate as can be in such conditions but, for the minor ports & anchorages, extrapolation is virtually impossible. Belfast itself varies anything from 10 to 50 minutes from Dover and HW Glenarm varies + or – 20 minutes on Belfast.

The Easy Tide predictions linked on this page are for Red Bay up the coast so will not be 100% precise

Approach and Entry

Approach from a couple of cables directly North of the marina entrance; there are no hidden dangers close inshore and the entrance has port and starboard lights at night. 

Be aware that there is a fish farm along the coast towards Park Head; It’s quite close in and easily seen in daylight.

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

There are now forty eight berths at Glenarm of which ten are available to visitors.  They have added a new 120 metres of pontoon to the old layout.. 

There is plenty of room to manoeuvre and plenty of depth (4m).  It is also possible to anchor to the north of the marina entrance in offshore conditions but beware of a SE forecast.



 

In 2021 they are charging £2.90 per metre a night here and the same at Carnlough

Facilities

Glenarm Marina has all the facilities of a modern marina; water and shore power are supplied to every berth and there is a modern shower/toilet block which has laundrette equipment.  The laundrette is included in the mooring fee here but please don't abuse this -  apparently one visitor hogged it for 24 hours, washing every piece of fabric on his boat which was not appreciated by others!!

Diesel is available but you will need cans to get it aboard. Petrol is a long way away at Carnlough but the HM has been known to assist with transport there.  There used to be a marine engineering workshop (Glenarm Boats) in the village but unfortunately he has retired so the nearest help for that sort of thing is probably in Larne.

Provisions on a limited scale can be obtained at the paper shop otherwise one would have to go to Carnlough (as with petrol - have a word with Billy, the HM; if he has time available he’ll run you round)

Eating, Drinking & Entertainment

There is no nightlife here other than the two pubs on the corner and they do not do food. There is more at Carnlough but one would have to use a taxi. Mind you, the pub doesn’t close until the last man leaves!!

UPDATE for 2018
We are told by the Coastroad Hotel in Glenarm that the Chinese takeaway and the chip shop in Carnlough will deliver to them and they (the pub) will supply plates etc for it to be eaten in the pub.

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Your Ratings & Comments

8 comments
Update Early Summer 2021
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 25th Jun 2021
I reviewed these notes in June 2021. Much is the same here though the price has gone up a wee bit. They have added a new 120 metres of pontoon to the old layout and our harbour plan in the text gives a rough outline of the new layout.
Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 10th May 2019
These notes were reviewed in May 2019. There's not much change here - the marina remains the main attraction whilst, outside, the village is boarded up. The HM is still very obliging and you will find him very helpful.
UPDATE Autumn 2018
Written by Don Thomson | 30th Oct 2018
We have had a report that there is a new development plan afoot here and that one of the casualties may be the free launderette. Mind you that report was from a competing marina!
EATING AT COAST ROAD INN
Written by cuillin | 28th Jun 2018
I can confirm that the Chinese Takeaway (Carnlough) does deliver to the Coast Road Inn in Glenarm,, and that the Inn provides crockery and cutlery. We had a very enjoyable meal at the Inn last evening.
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UPDATE APRIL 2017
Written by Don Thomson | 7th Apr 2017
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2017. For some reason the fees have gone down 10p a metre.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2015 and there were no changes
Update November 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 12th Nov 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don Thomson on the 13th November. Prices have been updated to 2013
Reasonable Marina & facilities
Written by Miura | 21st Mar 2012
Visited in August 2011. The staff were very friendly & helpful. There was water available on all pontoons and electricity on at least some of them. I believe fuel was available although we didn't need any so I am not completely certain. Showers & toilets were very clean. The approach was well marked and access easy. However, I would not wish to enter in strong N-NE winds. There are a couple of pubs in the village but no restaurant. We had a rather forgettable meal in the Londonderry Arms hotel in nearby Carnlough.
Glenarm is a good passage stopover for anyone travelling between N. Ireland and ports North of the Mull of Kintyre. I would visit again if heading up the West Coast of Scotland because of the tide advantages it offers as a departure point. However, as a stopover point on a North coast of Ireland cruise I would definitely make the effort to get to Ballycastle or Rathlin. I like a decent meal in the evening and it is not on offer here.
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