Harbours and Marinas

Carnlough Harbour

Photograph of boat in Carnlough Harbour

The picturesque harbour in Carnlough has for many years been the village’s main focal point.

The picturesque harbour in Carnlough has for many years been the village’s main focal point.

Originally built by a local landowner, Phil Gibbons and extended by the Marchioness of Londonderry, it was eventually acquired by Larne Borough Council in 1981. The harbour has undergone extensive refurbishment since that time.

Sailing Directions:

LAT:   54o 59’. 590N
LONG: 5o 59’. 260W

Carnlough Harbour is situated on the northeast coast approximately 16 miles south of Fair Head and 3 miles northwest of Park Head.  The Harbour is small and constrained therefore it is not recommended for vessels longer than 10 metres.

The entrance is clearly marked by two six-metre cylindrical towers coloured white with two black bands, on either side. Both are lit with the North Pier Head FI G 3s 4m 5M and the South Pier Head FI R 3s 6m 5M, with the entrance between them being 18.5 metres wide.

South Pier Head - FI.R.3s.6m.5M position: 54° 59.601'N, 005° 59.300'W.

Closer in, the harbour’s leading marks will become discernible.  They describe an in-line bearing of 310° T and consist of two inverted red triangles with white vertical lines.  The rear leading mark is lower than the front which can make it difficult to identify, therefore it is essential to come in on transit to avoid rocks on either side of the harbour entrance that cover at high water.  Visitors are advised depths in the approach channel can be limited.

It is the responsibility of the skipper to satisfy themselves as to the availability of depths for their vessel at any particular time.


Tel: 028 2884 1285
Mob: 07703 606 763


Scale of Charges

Charges are per metre, for length overall, to the nearest 0.1m

Poontoon berthing
Annual - 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 £43.00 (inclusive of rates and VAT)
Fishermans rate £30.00 (inclusive of rates and VAT)
Commercial rate £34.00 (inclusive of rates and VAT)

All berthing and storage are at owner’s risk. Owners must accept full responsibility for their vessel(s) and/or equipment whilst on Council property. No responsibility whatsoever will rest with Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. It is incumbent upon all owners to agree to the General and Special Conditions pertaining and to satisfy themselves that the services and facilities provided by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council at any specific location are suitable for their own particular requirements.