Keyfacts for Porturlin Bay
Summary* Restrictions applyAn exposed location with straightforward access.
Position and approaches
Haven position54° 19.269' N, 009° 42.622' W
this is the position at the quay at Portcurlin.
What is the initial fix?
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- Portacloy Bay - 2.6 nautical miles WNW
- Ross Port - 4 nautical miles WSW
- Belderg Harbour - 5.6 nautical miles E
- Broadhaven Bay - 7.5 nautical miles WSW
- Frenchport (Portnafrankagh) - 13.9 nautical miles WSW
- Elly Bay - 15.9 nautical miles SW
- Kilcummin - 17.8 nautical miles E
- Blacksod Pier - 18.1 nautical miles SW
- Killala Bay - 18.5 nautical miles ESE
- Inishkea Island South - 21 nautical miles SW
How to get in?The 'Erris Head to Malin Head' coastal description provides approach information to the suggested initial fix. Vessels approaching from the south should select the northeast bound sequenced description; vessels approaching from the north should select the southwest bound sequence; western approaches may use either description.
Porturlin Bay, Irish : Port Durlainne, is an inlet off the North Atlantic Ocean located 2.5 miles east of Portacloy Bay past Pig Island, situated between Benwee Head and the Stags of Broad Haven, and Killala Bay, on the northern coast of County Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland.
The 24 mile stretch of coast from Broad Haven Bay to Killala Bay is most inhospitable as there is no completely safe anchorage, and no shelter from the usual swell and fierce gusts from off the cliffs. The coast is sparsely inhabited and there is little attraction in attempting a landing. However, in really quiet weather or in a southerly breeze, the cliffs some of which are 150 metres high are an unforgettable spectacle, and there are five small coves each with a small slip on its west side where a landing might be effected. Portacloy and Belderg are the best of these and a yacht might find them a useful passage anchorage.
The cliffs to the east of Broad Haven are truly awe inspiring but hidden among the craggy headlands is the small inlet of Porturlin Bay whose only village Porturlin lies at the head of a shallow cove. The small north facing cove of Porturlin is only 0.25 miles wide at its entrance and extends southwards for a distance of no more than 0.5 mile. Off the northeast and immediately in front of the entrance lies the bare rock Carrickduff and to the northwest is Glassillaun, the mouth of the harbour is narrow and the ground outside it is steep blocking sight of most of the land features.
Porturlin is a small fishing village and although the harbour is more sheltered than its near neighbour Portacloy, it is less spacious and the holding ground is reportedly poor, and it is also almost entirely taken up with fishing boat moorings.
Why visit here?As the holding in the harbour is said to be poor a long stay at this location is probably not advisable, although a landing is possible alongside fishing boats at the small quay or by dinghy at the adjacent slipway. The land around the head of the bay is exceptionally barren and the village of Porturlin has no facilities for the visitor except for a fresh water hosepipe available on the roadside at the harbour, and surprisingly a small post office. The local shellfish company which employs about 20 people are specialists in the preparation and production of crab related products and if you approach them nicely you may be able to purchase some fresh crab for a tasty meal.
Half a mile to the west of the entrance to Porturlin Bay is Pig Island, Irish : Oilean na Muice, so named for its amazing pig like appearance when seen from east or west. The island is splendidly bisected by a sea arch at the centre and the view of the arch alone warrants a visit, the landward side of the roof of the arch is the jowl of the pig. The island when viewed from the sea appears to be attached to the land behind.
Again this location is probably best used as a bolt hole against some rough weather whilst riding out the storm before continuing on your journey.
What facilities are available?Except for a fresh water hosepipe on the roadside at the harbour and a small post office at the nearby village, there are no other facilities at this location.
With thanks to:inyourfootsteps.com site research
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