Ports, 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.

Contact:

Tel: 028 2884 1285
Mob: 07703 606 763

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