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Warrenpoint and Newry Harbours

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


54° 00.235N 006° 02.30W


AC 0044 Nose of Howth to Ballyquintin Point; AC 2800 ; SC5621.8; Imray C62 Irish Sea with insets for Carlingford Entrance and Carlingford Marina

Rules & Regulations

The dredged channel is a “narrow channel” within the meaning of the IRPCS rules and small vessels should not impede those restricted by draft. Additionally there is no overtaking/crossing of vessels between buoys 1 – 9, 11 – 21 and buoy 21 & Warrenpoint. This essentially means that, combining the two rules, a small yacht should leave the channel altogether if encountering a large vessel within it.....Vessels should also avoid anchoring or grounding in the areas on the chart designated as shellfish beds.


There are strong tidal streams both through the entrance and within the Lough. As would be expected strong Southerlies can set up quite a chop within the Lough but, in addition to this, North Westerlies can be funnelled down the Lough and produce worse sea states inside than outside. (Remember that you could be entering with the flood and against any NW wind; setting up a classic wind against tide situation). Anything above F5 on shore (E thro’ to SSW) makes the entrance difficult and on an ebb tide in these conditions the entrance becomes impassable in both directions...Closer to Warrenpoint there is the Gannaway Rock surmounted by a pole mark 3.5 cables SE of the breakwater and shallows close by the dredged channel for the last quarter of a mile into the dock area.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Warrenpoint is Dublin - 0015; MHWS 5.1m MHWN 4.1m MLWN 1.7m MLWS 0.7m; See "Approach" section

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General Description


Warrenpoint Harbour Authority:VHF #12  tel  +44 (0)2841 773381 
Newry Tourist Information Centre  tel  +44
(0)330 137 4046 ... read more


It is worth noting that tides at Cranfield Point are as Liverpool so ingoing.... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

As has been said, from June to September there are pontoon berths in ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 30th Aug 2022
I reviewed these notes at the end of August 2022. Firstly many thanks to Camper below for his comprehensive notes below. The pontoon he advised as lifted is back in the water now. otherwise little has changed.
Update on Carlingford Lough generally Sept 2021
Written by campervan | 12th Sep 2021
I spent last weekend in and around the Lough. It’s worth a detour, very pretty, good facilities overall.
First, the less welcoming end of the spectrum, Warrenpoint harbour. A busy container port, with narrow shipping channel, which possibly explains the lack of effort, perhaps welcome, for visiting yachts. Don’t expect a visitors berth to me made available in the town dock, although there should be one there and there is usually space. It comes across as a poorly managed facility, perhaps an indication of their focus on the big ships. There is a visiting berth on the outer pontoon, which even if occupied should be ok for berthing alongside. See diagram I will upload.
Currently there are no other pontoons in Warrenpoint. The one on the breakwater has been lifted. The one on the entrance to the harbour is rickety and does not look safe. The Town docks charge £25 a night, for a berth and no other facilities- electric cables too far away and no toilets within reasonable distance. Which is why, on balance, I’d rather anchor at the Woodhouse.
The Woodhouse between Rostrevor and Killowen is a lovely anchorage, good shelter from east and north, ok from south. Good holding in mud. Currently there are two long term anchorage’s boats there, both occupied, the locals tell me for months. It’s a good site. There’s a swimming quay to land at, about 600m from the anchorage. The town is pretty and welcoming.
Carlingford marina is useful, as described elsewhere. Handy to town and to revictual. Carlingford is another pretty little town.
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 27th Jul 2021
I reviewed these notes in July 2021. We've obtained copies of the 2021 documentation for the Ship Canal and updated the info on Warrenpoint Town Dock. Eventually there will be a new ring road around Newry involving bridging of the Canal; the form of this bridging is yet to be finalised and they haven't started building the road yet.
Written by Don Thomson | 26th Apr 2017
These notes were updated in April 2017. Warrenpoint is still not very interested in visiting yachts. I've changed the price for Newry and also uploaded new charts.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 21st Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2015. I'm afraid that work on the much hoped for marina has not yet started so the Town Dock is still the only overnight berthing
Update December 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 12th Dec 2013
I reviewed these notes on 12 December 2013. The situation for visiting yachts has not changed and their marina is still on hold for better times. It is still possible to moor on the pontoons in the Town Dock where there are normally a couple of visitors berths
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