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Moore’s Point

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Moore’s Point is located on the northeast coast of Ireland within Strangford Lough’s southwestern corner and in the Quoile River estuary. It offers a very good river anchorage with excellent holding.

Moore’s Point is located on the northeast coast of Ireland within Strangford Lough’s southwestern corner and in the Quoile River estuary. It offers a very good river anchorage with excellent holding.

Inside the Quoile River, akin to many of the islands and snug creeks on the western shore, a vessel will find complete protection. Moore’s Point is a good anchorage for conditions from west to northwest. The Lough's enclosed body of water provides sheltered sailing in all weather, all tides and ample marks to make daylight navigation straightforward.



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Keyfacts for Moore’s Point
Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tender

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
2 metres (6.56 feet).

Approaches
3 stars: Attentive navigation; daylight access with dangers that need attention.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.



Last modified
November 7th 2022

Summary

A good location with attentive navigation required for access.

Facilities
Marked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tender

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration



Position and approaches
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Haven position

54° 22.751' N, 005° 39.592' W

To the South of Moore’s Point.

What is the initial fix?

The following Quoile River Initial Fix will set up a final approach:
54° 23.614' N, 005° 38.195' W
300 metres east of Town Rock off Killyleagh. This is a distinctive red cylindrical brick pillar marker lit with a sectored light, Fl(2)WRG.5s6M, leading between Barrel and Skate rocks.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details for vessels approaching Strangford Lough from the north are available in northeast Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Malin Head to Strangford Lough Route location. Details for vessels approaching from the south are available in eastern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Strangford Lough to Dublin Bay Route location. Details of the approaches, tidal timings, the run up The Narrows and onward to Killyleagh, on the Lough's western shore, are covered in the Entering and exiting Strangford Lough Route location route description. The run from Killyleagh is covered in the Quoile Click to view haven haven directions.


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Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Below are the ten nearest havens to Moore’s Point for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Brandy Bay (North Salt Island) - 0.3 nautical miles E
  2. Salt Island (Southwest) - 0.3 nautical miles SE
  3. Salt Island (South) - 0.6 nautical miles ESE
  4. Quoile - 0.7 nautical miles SW
  5. Killyleagh - 1.2 nautical miles NNE
  6. Jackdaw Island - 1.8 nautical miles E
  7. Holm Bay - 1.9 nautical miles NNE
  8. Between Jackdaw & Chapel Island - 2.1 nautical miles E
  9. East Down Yacht Club - 2.2 nautical miles NNE
  10. Chapel Island - 2.3 nautical miles E
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Brandy Bay (North Salt Island) - 0.3 miles E
  2. Salt Island (Southwest) - 0.3 miles SE
  3. Salt Island (South) - 0.6 miles ESE
  4. Quoile - 0.7 miles SW
  5. Killyleagh - 1.2 miles NNE
  6. Jackdaw Island - 1.8 miles E
  7. Holm Bay - 1.9 miles NNE
  8. Between Jackdaw & Chapel Island - 2.1 miles E
  9. East Down Yacht Club - 2.2 miles NNE
  10. Chapel Island - 2.3 miles E
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What's the story here?
Moore's Point
Image: Michael Harpur


Moore’s Point, locally known as Lindsay’s Bay referring to the drying embayment close upriver, is located on the north bank of the Quoile River. The Quoile has good depths and good anchorages for its 2-mile course southwestward as far as Hare island where there is a tidal barrier. This anchorage is about 1 mile from the river mouth and along the shore immediately above Salt Island on the opposite side. It offers a river anchorage but with no landings on the immediate north shore where there is a privately owned jetty.


The treeline of Delamont Country Park flanking the north shore
Image: Michael Harpur


The anchorage offers ample depth and the ability to land at Delamont Country Park. Those intending on landing on Salt Island can cross to Brandy Bay which offers landings at all times and it is about five minutes walk to the Bothy on the southern shore. It is also possible to pass around to the landing point fronting the Bothy on the southeast side of the island. The small dilapidated stone jetty here was in the past used to land farm animals but it is today still called upon for landing on the island. It is accessible ±2½ hours of high tide but best avoided outside of this as the extensive mud flats at low tide can be treacherous.


How to get in?
Moore's Point (left) and the run up the Quoile River from Killyleagh
Image: Michael Harpur


Convergance Point Details of the approaches, tidal timings, the run up The Narrows and onward to Killyleagh, on the Lough's western shore, are covered in the Entering and exiting Strangford Lough Route location route description.


The entrance to the River Quoile as seen from Killyleagh
Image: Michael Harpur


Initial fix location The Initial Fix places a vessel off Killyleagh and the run up the Quoile River is then covered in the Quoile Click to view haven haven directions.


Moore's Point as seen between Gores and Rat islands (left) Salt Island (right)
Image: Michael Harpur


Salt Island will become readily apparent a ½ mile southwest of Green Island with Moore’s Point opposite. The small wooded sun house on the shore between Moore’s Point and Lindsay’s Bay serves to positively identify both.


The small wooded sun house on the shore between Moore’s Point
and Lindsay’s Bay

Image: Michael Harpur


Haven location Anchor according to draft and conditions anywhere to the west of the point where excellent holding is to be found on the river's edge.


Lindsay’s Bay from the river
Image: Michael Harpur


Land on Salt Island or pass along the sheltered and land on the stony beach fronting Delamont Country Park which is marked by the sign for the Strangford Canoe Trail.


Why visit here?
Moore’s Point is a quiet 'get away from it all' river anchorage in tranquil natural surroundings. Although the immediate shoreline, with its jetty, is privately owned it does offer a choice of wonderful landings.


Delamont Country Park immediately upriver of the anchorage
Image: Michael Harpur


Southward is Salt Island which is owned and preserved by the National Trust and one of the many picturesque islands in Strangford Lough - see Salt Island (South) Click to view haven for details. More conveniently on the north shore, continuing upriver, it is possible to land on the shores of Delamont Country Park which is owned by Down District Council.

The Strangford Stone and the Delamont House seen from the river
Image: Michael Harpur


The park was once the demesne of a mansion that dates from the 17th century although a 1625 map shows an avenue leading to a previous house apparently on top of a drumlin with mature trees and deer. The present house was built in the mid-19th century on high ground with extensive views over Strangford Lough. It is today run as an outdoor education centre by The Belfast Education and Library Board and surrounded by a 200-acres of parkland. This features fine parkland trees, woodland belts, open pastures, rolling drumlins, a 'Rath' sited on Delamont hilltop and stone-enclosed clumps on the hilltops. The park is also home to the remarkable Strangford Stone which along with the mansion is visible from the river.


The Strangford Stone
Image: Allan LEONARD @MrUlster via CC BY-SA 3.0


The Strangford Stone stands over 10 metres high and is the tallest megalith in the British Isles. It was quarried from Mourne granite with the mountains of its birth also visible on the horizon from the anchorage. The single piece of granite is 12 metres in length and weighs 47 tonnes. It was raised in June 1999, to mark the Millennium; one centimetre for each year, erected by one thousand young people from all over Northern Ireland. This landmark and the undulating grounds, that make it such an attractive site, make a walk in the park's relaxing atmosphere, an absolute must for any boat anchored here.


The Mountains of Mourne visible on the horizon from the anchorage
Image: Michael Harpur


From a singular boating point of view, Moore’s Point is an ideal anchorage to acquire protection from northerlies. This is perfect for a vessel intending on visiting Delamont Country Park or a keel vessel visiting Salt Island during northerlies as the south side of the island dries. It is also a great place for those simply looking for a bit of peace and quiet in a natural setting watching the Quoile River boats going by.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at this river anchorage.


Any security concerns?
Never a problem known to have occurred at Moore’s Point.


With thanks to:
Brian Crawford, local Strangford Lough boatman of many decades. eOceanic would like to thank Quoile Yacht Club External link for hosting our survey boat during the survey of Strangford Lough.




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