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Strangford Lough Anchorages

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AC2156 Strangford Lough and East Coast

Rules & Regulations

Absolutely no rubbish or fuel in the Lough please. Landing on some of the islands is prohibited in the breeding season (March to August). A licence is required for salmon and trout fishing; no licence needed for “sea” fishing but if salmon or trout are caught they must be returned to the water (dead or alive). Also be on the lookout for oyster beds and don’t anchor over them.


Many just awash rocks and pladdies. See General description.

Tidal Data Times & Range

The tidal range within the Lough varies the largest being about 4m at springs to 2.5 at neaps. HW varies on Belfast from about 15mins after at the entrance to nearly 2 hours after further into the Lough....Expect streams of up to 2kts within the Lough in the main channels and in the squeeze spots between some islands.   (links)

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General Description

Contacts: Strangford HM at Ferry Terminal VHF #12 #14 tel 028 448 1637. ... read more


The passage through the “Narrows” has already been dealt with in our article at ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 23rd Aug 2022
No changes
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 27th Jul 2021
I reviewed these notes in July 2021. Basically not a lot has changed topographically but we have been warned that the poles and perches on the UKHO chart are not reliable - so, be very wary of relying on them for position fixing (or guessing!!)
Further Updates Summer 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 6th Sep 2019
We have managed to find a source of information on the poles and perches on the pladdies in the Lough and have edited the attached chart accordingly.
Update Summer 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 5th Jul 2019
These notes were reviewed in July 2019. We are a bit worried that very little has been notified as changed in the Lough and would be interested in any comments local sailors might like to add.
Written by Don Thomson | 18th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017. I've replaced the old chart with a new one. I've highlighted the poles and perches again because they are not at all clear on the Admiralty chart; but I'm a bit worried as they do not seem to have altered them since the previous chart so they may be historical.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 10th Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed in April 2015. We have made no changes but hope for some updates from local yacht clubs
Update November 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 22nd Nov 2013
These notes were updated by Don Thomson on the 22nd November 2013. We have reduced the number of charts with individual routes into one zoomifiable chart with the routes marked in different colours. The text has been edited to cover this rearrangement. The poles/perches and various withies have been changed and emphasised. These may not be entirely correct as the various Clubs tend their own markers and others fall into disuse. Don't be surprised if you can't find a particular marker - it may well have fallen foul of the weather.
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