Loughshinney, County Dublin, Ireland
Summary* Restrictions applyA good location with straightforward access.
Forecast to be exposed on Thursday.
LWS draught2.4 metres (7.87 feet).
Today's local tide estimatesLW 01:17, HW 08:04
LW 14:00, HW 20:39
We are now on Neaps
Swell todayDirection N, height 0.0 metres, period 6.1 seconds, significant wave height of 0.2 metres.
Local weather outlook
Haven position53° 32.730' N, 006° 4.765' W
Where is that position?At the southernmost end of Loughshinny pier.
What is the initial fix?
What is the story here?Loughshinny is a small cove on the north Dublin County coast situated a mile and a half north of Rush Point and a similar distance south of Shenick Island - the southernmost of the Skerries Islands. Within the cove there is an actively used fishing pier that dries out entirely at low water. Mooring possibilities include anchoring in the bay or coming alongside at high water.
The cove offers good anchorage in winds from north-northwest round through west to south. A ledge of rock outside the harbour, marked by a perch, offers partial northerly shelter but vessels typically roll in northerlies. The cove is completely open to anything from the northeast round to the south-southeast. Access is straightforward but the harbour is unlit so all approaches must be in daylight.
Please note a particular issue with Loughshinny is the amount of established moorings in the harbour plus an abundance of crab and lobster pots both in the harbour and surrounding area. This makes it challenging to anchor without fouling and tripping lines are essential. In any developed northeast round to the south-southeast conditions, or general heavy weather, Howth Harbour would be a better destination.
Not what you need?
Talbot’s Bay - 3.8 miles SSE
Off the boat harbour - 3.5 miles SSE
Malahide - 6 miles SSW
Carrigeen Bay - 8.5 miles S
Balbriggan Harbour - 5.4 miles NW
Drogheda & The River Boyne - 13.8 miles NW
Port Oriel (Clogher Head) - 16 miles NNW
Dundalk - 29.9 miles NNW
Why visit here?Loughshinny is a picturesque fishing village with a population of eight hundred in the immediate area. The little bay with its picturesque working harbour and safe sandy beach is a popular picnic location in summer. Fishing for crabs and lobsters still forms a big part of the local economy while the fertile farmland surrounding the village still supplies vegetables and flowers for the Dublin market.
Loughshinny is the type of place you would drop in on high water to get a pint of milk and a paper but the area has more to offer the visiting boatman than that. Once ashore you will find the village retains a uniqueness of its own as, except for some new housing and a new school, the appearance of the village has not changed substantially over the years. Retaining that old world charm, within a stones throw of Dublin city is remarkable.
There is an interesting walk that encompasses the whole area of Loughshinny, taking in interesting geological features on the south side of the bay layered limestone and shale cliffs, to buildings of historical interest. On the cliffs on the headland of Drumanage you will find the remains of the largest promontory fort in Ireland. This dates from the late bronze/early iron age and still has the earthen ramparts intact right across the western side of the headland. The well preserved Martello Tower, to the south of the village, was erected in 1803 on Drumanage headland.
How to get in?Access is straight forward from the Loughshinny from the initial fix. First align the approach so that it is midway between the perch, marking the southern extremity of the rocks off the northern point, and the southern point of the bay, situated beyond a conspicuous Martello Tower. Then come in bearing due west.
When passing directly south of the pierhead and the inner side of the quay begins to show, it is time to berth. The aforementioned difficulty here is in finding an area clear of the crab, lobster pots and moorings to anchor. Although much of the cove is shallow, there is a small area in the middle where depths of up to 2.5 metres can be found.
Loughshinny pier dries out completely but it presents a flat sandy bottom that is suitable for bilge keel vessels. The outer extreme of the harbour wall can be used at high water by medium draft vessels for a brief stay. If coming alongside in a keelboat it is recommended that you come in astern to the very end of the pier; this makes it easier to set off.
Note: Please make certain that your quay time does not obstruct the activity of a fishing boat.
What are the tides here?Today's local tide estimates are based on High Water Dublin (North Wall) -0018
Today's Dublin (North Wall) tides — High waters: 08:22, 20:57, Low waters: 01:35, 14:18
Today's Dover tides — High waters: 07:48, 20:13, Low waters: 02:25, 14:56 (From Tide Times)
We are now on Neaps, need more detailed tidal planning information?
Dover + 0030, Dublin (North Wall) +0002
MHWS 4.2m MHWN 3.2m MLWN 1.1m MLWS 0.5m
The stream floods North from HW Dublin +0430 to -0130, and ebbs in reverse.
Max spring rate of 2.5 knots can be achieved off Loughshinny in Lambay Sound.
The above image represents the current tidal stream off this haven in local time. Click [+] to advance the estimate by an hour and click [ - ] to step back. Future tidal planning is best accomplished by extracting the date's Dover Tide HW , and clicking [+] or [ - ] based on the presented Dover offset. Do you need information on the tidal graphics?
What facilities are available?Loughshinny is a very quiet small little place. Apart from the landing area there is a small shop and reportedly you can get water from a house.
On the other hand Loughshinny has good transport links. It is serviced by Dublin Bus Route 33, which runs between Dublin city centre (Eden Quay), and Balbriggan and Route 33A which runs between Swords and Balbriggan. There is a also a special commuters bus, the 33X Expresso, which runs between Skerries and Belfield Campus - this bus being targeted at students. A late night service, the 33N, is also available.
A train service is available from nearby Skerries train station. The train runs between Dublin city centre and Drogheda/Dundalk.
What emergency contacts are there?Dublin Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) VHF Ch 83 covers the area from Carlingford Lough to Youghal. Carlingford (04), Wicklow Head (02), Rosslare (23) and Mine Head (83) provide relay stations. Coastguard Radio is always called on a working channel. Emergencies are worked on 16, 67 and working channel.
Alternatively, or if ashore, phone 999 or 112 (free) and ask for ‘Marine Rescue’. Gardai (police), Fire and Rescue are also available on this number. Dublin (MRSC) may be contacted directly on +353 1 662 0922/3
Any security concerns?Never an issue known to have occurred at Loughshinny.
What navigational resources are available for this area?British Admiralty 1411 ‘’Irish Sea - Western Part’, Scale of 200,000:1, SC 44 ‘Nose of Howth to Ballyquintin Point’ scale of 1:100,000 and 1468 ‘Arklow to the Skerries Islands’ Scale of 100,000:1, Imray C61 St Georges Channel, C62 Irish Sea (overlap at Dublin Bay) and Discovery Ordinance Survey map 50 covers this area. OpenStreetMap provides local maps that include relief details plus walking and cycle routes for this locality.
With thanks to:Charlie Kavanagh - ISA/RYA Yachtmaster Instructor/Examiner - navigation and sail training available - details here: http://www.sailsoutheast.com/
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