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Castle Haven, Ireland

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Sitting in the southwest of Ireland, this pretty estuary is a breath of fresh air and it can be entered at all states of tide. Certainly one of the best anchorages in west Cork – Ireland’s jewel of a cruising ground – Castle Haven offers a protected and excellent anchorage in most weathers, with some swell in strong southerly or southwesterly winds.

Above the village the inlet – now much narrower and sheltered by a gravel spit called The League – continues for a mile between steep wooded shores. This stretch of coastline is beautiful and scattered with lovely towns, just waiting to be discovered.

Watch out for
The sea can be turbulent in strong winds by Horse Island at the entrance to the estuary

Great for

Exploring the West Cork coastline

Local tip
Give the ship’s cook the night off and go to Mary Ann’s for dinner where you’ll get to taste some of the seafood that this region is famous for. Water on the slipway, nearest diesel at Union Hall or Baltimore

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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Castle Haven, Ireland
  3. 3. Skerries Bay, Ireland
  4. 4. Ringhaddy Sounds, Stragford Lough, N Ireland
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