Marinas in Ireland

Ireland is of course an island, so it isn’t surprising that sailing is a very popular leisure activity, and the coastline  is dotted with marinas which welcome visitors.  This is not an exhaustive list, but these are the most popualar marinas, all with good berths and facilites for visiting boats and their crew.

Arklow Marina, Co Wicklow

Arklow is a busy port town, with the marina situated to the north of the commercial quays. It’s a day’s sail from Dublin, Greystones, Kilmore, Holyhead, Pwllheli and Millford Haven and a good base for exploring the many places of interest in Wicklow. There are also good train and bus links to Dublin.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 42 (Finger)
  • Long: -6.1456900719999998 | Lat:52.792546829999999

Arklow Marina Website

Cahersiveen Marina, Co Kerry

New marina close to Valentia Island providing good shelter in all weathers. Easy access to the Ring of Kerry and other attractions in the area. The town has good amenities. It’s also close to Skellig Michael, now famous as a Star Wars location.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 80 (Finger berths)
  • Long: -10.233183800000001 | Lat:51.947567810000002

Carlingford, Co Louth

Once an important maritime centre, now a village in a lovely location on the shores of Carlinford Lough, which separates the Cooley Peninsular from the Mourne Mountains. Carlingford is a Heritage town with ruins of the original town walls, and many other interesting places to visit.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 200 (Finger Pontoons)
  • Long: -6.191416029 | Lat:54.051720080000003

Crosshaven Boat Yard, Co Cork

Commercial marina, part of a boat brokerage and repair business. Situated close to Royal Cork Yacht Club and a short drive from Cork Airport and the city centre.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 120 (Fingers)
  • Long: -8.2956736889999991 | Lat:51.805106360000003

Crosshaven Boat Yard Website

Dingle Marina, Co Kerry

Dingle is a major tourist centre in Kerry with a lively nightlife and plenty of good places to eat. The marina is popular and busy. Numerous islands, bays and beaches to explore.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 80 (Finger berths)
  • Long: -10.278264760000001 | Lat:52.138533899999999

Dingle Marina Website

Dublin City Moorings

These berths in River Liffey are just a few minutes walk from the city centre and offer limited services to visiting yachts. Advance booking is essential and cannot be done online -see below for contact details. Extreme care is required when navigating in the area as it is in a busy shipping channel. Marina located West of East Link bridge which is raised for passage at 9 am,11 am, and 3 pm daily or by arrangement.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 100 (Finger)
  • Long: -6.235066507 | Lat:53.346993990000001

Contact: Harbour Master’s Department, Dublin Port Company, Port Centre, Alexandra Road, Dublin 1, Tel: +353 (0)1 887 6000.

East Ferry Marina, Cork

Tranquil setting on Great Island in Cork Port with good facilities including showers, fuel, electricity, water and a popular pub. Close to the city centre, and although on an island there is road access. As with Dublin, advance booking is required and is not available online.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 100 (Finger)
  • Long: -8.2136269239999997 | Lat:51.86628546

Contact: East Ferry Marina, Cobh, Co. Cork. Tel: +353 (0)21 481 1342

Fenit Harbour Marina, Tralee, Co Kerry

Busy commercial harbour and fishing community. Fenit is a small town but has a shop and pubs, and an aquarium worth visiting. Tralee is a short drive away and is a major tourist town with all the amenities you’d expect. Within easy reach of many popular tourist destinations in Kerry.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 120 (Finger berths)
  • Long: -9.8627864949999999 | Lat:52.271744419999997

Fenit Harbour Marina Website

Howth Y.C. Marina

Howth Head is a promontory connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land which forms the north of Dublin Bay. The town has good amenities, with a wide choice of excellent restaurants and pubs. There is a busy fishing port separate from the leisure harbour. The marina is part of one of Ireland’s best known yacht clubs and very welcoming to visitors.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 280 (Finger pontoons)
  • Long: -6.0675887480000004 | Lat:53.389044599999998

Howth Marina Website

Kilmore Quay Marina, Co Wexford

Kilmore Quay is a busy commercial fishing harbour and tourist centre. Good facilities with Chandlery, showers etc available and also bike hire. Lots to see in the area and a trip to see the bird sanctuary on Saltees Island is specially recommended,

  • Type: Floating/Fixed
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 55 (Finger)
  • Long: -6.588307683 | Lat:52.172800930000001

Kilmore Quay Marina Website

Kilrush Marina, Co Clare

Kilrush is a busy market town with a long maritime history. Good facilities at the marina, which is being upgraded currently, and in the town as well as the greater area. If you do only one thing, take the ferry to Scattery Island with its ruins of a 6th Century Abbey and round tower.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 170 (Pontoon berths)
  • Long: -9.4944132690000007 | Lat:52.634475299999998

Kilrush Marina Website

Kinsale Y.C. Marina, Co Cork

Kinsale is a pretty town with many historic building and a major tourist and yachting centre with all the facilities you would expect. The marina is part of a popular and friendly yacht club to which visitors have full member access while berthed.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 220 (Berth alonside pontoons.)
  • Long: -8.5175698480000008 | Lat:51.700637870000001

Kinsale Marina Website

Lawrence Cove Marina, Bere Island, Co Cork

Located in a small village with little more than a post office, a shop and a 2 pubs on Bere Island off the coast of West Cork. Good facilities including showers and a launderette. This is a very beautiful if remote location, although there are regular ferries to the mainland and buses to Cork city. It’s a very popular sail training centre.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: No
  • Berths: 40 (90m long pontoon)
  • Long: -9.8262484719999996 | Lat:51.63416084

Lawrence Cove Website

Malahide Marina, Dublin

Large marina with excellent facilities located at the end of a coastal estuary not far from Howth (above). The marina is close to the Dublin Airport and 10 miles from the city centre,  with excellent transport links.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 350 (Marina based)
  • Long: -6.1527190999999997 | Lat:53.454936080000003

Malahide Marina Website

Royal Cork Y.C. Marina, Co Cork

Famously the oldest yacht club in the world, Royal Cork is situated 12 miles South of Cork City. Hosts the biennial Cork Week, widely regarded as Europe’s premier sailing event. The marina is located up the Owenabue River at the entrance to Cork Harbour and has the excellent facilities you’d expect at a prestigious club.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 200 (Finger)
  • Long: -8.301181497 | Lat:51.804963260000001

Royal Cork Website

Salve Marina, Crosshaven, Co. Cork

A commercial marina with maintenance and repair facilities as well as berths for visiting boats. Salve Marina is ideal for larger boats with ample turning space between pontoons. Large floating breakwater forms pontoon to river.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 57 (Berth along side pontoons)
  • Long: -8.305006101 | Lat:51.805081119999997

Salve Marine Website

Waterford Marina

City centre location in a busy port. Waterford is a lively city – there are numerous festivals throughout the year – with good amenities that are easily accessed by foot from the marina.

  • Type: Floating/Permanent
  • Road Access: Yes
  • Berths: 100 (Pontoons)
  • Long: -7.1073230150000004 | Lat:52.261786610000001

Waterford Marina Website

Article updated: April 17, 2017 | Image Credits

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