Keyfacts for Brown Bay
SummaryA tolerable location with straightforward access.
Position and approaches
Haven position54° 19.857' N, 008° 39.916' W
this is the position at the anchorage in Brown Bay.
What is the initial fix?
Not what you need?
- Rosses Point - 3.7 nautical miles ESE
- Aughris Hole - 4.7 nautical miles SW
- Ballysadare Bay - 5.4 nautical miles SSE
- Inishmurray - 5.9 nautical miles N
- Sligo - 7.3 nautical miles ESE
- Mullaghmore - 11.1 nautical miles NE
- Teelin - 17.7 nautical miles N
- Kilcummin - 19.3 nautical miles W
- Killybegs - 19.9 nautical miles NNE
- White Strand Bay - 20.3 nautical miles N
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.
Brown Bay is located on the north side of Sligo Bay on the approaches to Sligo Harbour in County Sligo on the west coast of Ireland. It is situated immediately to the west of Raghly Point peninsula and should not be confused with Brown's Bay in County Antrim.
This wide open bay is entered between Raghly Point and Seal Rock and provides a reasonably good temporary anchorage and shelter from swell in offshore winds from the northeast to the east.
The outer part of the bay has a rocky bottom but there is sand further in, and the recommended anchorage in 13 metres depth is on a bearing between Portanagh Rock and Raghly Point at a position in line with Lackaneena Point in the south part of the bay; or anywhere in the bay about 400 metres off the beach in depths of about 5 metres.
There are no facilities ashore, although a dinghy landing on the beach in suitable weather is possible and there is also a jetty structure at the northern end of the bay where an alternative dinghy landing may be made.
Why visit here?Brown Bay is a wide open bay with a long golden sandy beach called Yellow Strand, as it is referred to locally presumably because of its golden colour, or alternatively it is also known as Raghly Strand. Behind the beach is a 2 to 3 metre high bank of sandhills which provides some shelter in the dunes for picnicking. This lovely beach has rocks at one end and Knocklane Hill at the other, and the water here is ideal for bathing albeit a little bit “fresh”. The area is used by Sligo's many surfers although it is difficult to get to by land there being no adjacent road, access is easiest from the nearby village of Ballymulderry.
Raghly Point at the southern end of the bay is a peninsula that is joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of rocks and sand south of the village of Ballymulderry on Drumcliff Bay. There is an old ruined coastguard station on the peninsula and at its south east point there is a small fishing harbour which dries. Designed by the famous engineer Alexander Nimmo and built in 1840 the stone harbour is well preserved through continuous use although it has had some recent modifications, and its stone steps and mooring posts make landing here a possibility in the right conditions.
To the east of Raghly and Ballymulderry is the historically interesting Lissadell House. This neo-classical Greek revivalist style country house and estate was built in the 1830's as the home of the Gore-Booth family. It was the childhood home of the Irish revolutionary, Constance Gore-Booth, her sister the poet and suffragist Eva Gore-Booth, and their brother Josslyn Gore-Booth. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dail Eirreann where she served as Minister for Labour (becoming the first woman minister in a modern European democracy), and was also the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons at Westminster, London, where she declined to take her seat. Eva was a poet of great distinction and an active suffragist clashing with a young Winston Churchill over barmaids rights in 1908. Josslyn created at Lissadell one of the premier horticultural estates in Europe and although the house and gardens fell into disrepair it has now been recreated and the restoration work to the house and gardens is now complete.
What facilities are available?there are no facilities at this location.
With thanks to:inyourfootsteps.com site research
Add your review or comment:
Please log in to leave a review of this haven.
Please note eOceanic makes no guarantee of the validity of this information, we have not visited this haven and do not have first-hand experience to qualify the data. Although the contributors are vetted by peer review as practised authorities, they are in no way, whatsoever, responsible for the accuracy of their contributions. It is essential that you thoroughly check the accuracy and suitability for your vessel of any waypoints offered in any context plus the precision of your GPS. Any data provided on this page is entirely used at your own risk and you must read our legal page if you view data on this site. Free to use sea charts courtesy of Navionics.