Sailing on Carlingford Lough

Sailing on Carlingford Lough

Carlingford Lough, with its upper parts resting between the lower slopes of the Mountains of Mourne and the Cooley Mountains, is the most picturesque inlet on the East Coast of Ireland. It is simply a must for sailors providing both interesting sailing plus a variety of beautiful locations to anchor in waters that are absent of swell. The area offers a unique blend of natural beauty, spectacular panoramas, myths and legends that combine with a modern day culture and great boating facilities.

For the visiting boatman, Carlingford provides a tranquil, intimate base from which to enjoy the Cooley Peninsula and an ideal stepping stone to explore the other anchoring locations in the Lough itself.


How to get in?

Small vessels cannot enter or leave Carlingford Lough against the tide and for a first time visit it is advisable to approach on slack water. As slack water only happens twice a day, and most likely once in daylight, here are some cruising distances in nautical miles that may assist in planning your arrival:

Ardglass ~ 23 nm

Portaferry ~ 28 nm

Malahide ~ 38 nm

Dublin ~ 44 nm

Peel ~ 50 nm

Holyhead ~ 64 nm

Carlingford Lough is highly conspicuous as you approach the initial fix to set up for entry. The inlet is eight miles long, with its northeast reach residing between the lower slopes of the Mountains of Mourne and the Cooley Mountains. In addition there is a 34 metre high grey granite tower, Haulbowline Lighthouse, standing in the entrance.

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Carlingford Lough

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Carlingford Lough

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