Galloway

Overview

The area described on this page is covered by the following Admiralty charts:

1411        Irish Sea Western Part 1:200,000
2199 North Channel Northern Part 1:75,000
2198 North Channel Southern Part 1:75,000

The area described on this page is covered by the following Imray Charts:

C62 Irish Sea (covers the entire costs described in the Cruising Notes) Chart C62: Irish Sea (Imray Charts: Home...

Ailsa Craig

From a distance Ailsa Craig appears as a perfectly conical shaped form. As one draws nearer a shingle spit can be seen projecting from its eastern side, on top of which sits a lighthouse. Close east and north of the spit, the water is very deep. To its west lie a dilapidated wooden jetty and a derelict slip. Nearby there is a yellow painted drum with pick up buoy. Further westward the water abruptly shoals over a shelf suitable for anchoring (though the holding is uncertain). Ashore, there is a track winding its way over a series of supporting arches to a structure housing a fog horn on the islands NW side. There is a matching structure on the islet's SE side - both of which appear long disused. The west and south sides are less accessible.

The birds nest on the cliffs on the islands western and southern sides, on cliffs which appear to resemble basalt columns which stretch half way up the islands elevation, and which are adequately sized to support nesting birds. In adjacent sea, you will likely find significant numbers of gannets. Being surrounded by deep water porpoises may be seen swimming close inshore.

Loch Ryan

Used to hold U-boats during the war until the British Navy were ready to scuttle them in deep water.

Three ferro cement ships on western shore near Forbes Shoal.

Red and green lateral, small south cardinal. Three green lateral (middle one not lit).

Passenger and freight connections with Larne, Northern Ireland.

Lady Bay

An anchorage conveniently located at the entrance to Loch Ryan. Peace at anchor may be disturbed by wash from the fast ferries. Ensure adequate depth under the keel as the ferries cause a swell followed by closer and steeper waves.

Cairnryan

On the east side of the loch due south of Cairn Point lighthouse and close to the buoyed channel toward Stranraer lies a length open faced concrete jetty. The jetty is dilapidating. Building material heaped on it (at time of last visit), and popular with anglers. The charts are marked as 'no anchoring' in the vicinity of these jetties, but on 24/8/03, one yacht has anchored inshore (east of the jetty).

The second jetty just to the south is in frequent use with container ships.

The Wig

An anchorage in 2 - 3m on the west side of the loch, sheltered by land to its west and north, and by a drying sand bank to its east. Slip, landing and sailing clubhouse.

Stranraer

A small but busy ferry port with connections to Larne. The harbour is situated in front of the town of Stranraer. Fin keelers can anchor either side of the harbour, clear of the charted hazards and the turning area required by ferries.

There are two roll on/roll off facilities on the inside faces of the two quays forming the easternand western sides of the harbour. Blue lights are exhibited at night from the fendered piles from the eastern roll on/roll off berth.

Immediately behind the western roll on/roll off berth, a number of fishing boats are moored in the SW corner of the harbour. There may be quay space available for visitors to go alongside.

        There are two slips located between the shelter of the two quays.

 

Port Logan

An anchorage just outside a small drying harbour, in 6 - 7 metres. Shelter from winds from NE through E to SE. The location for the filming of the TV series "2000 acres of Skye".

In the right conditions Port Logan is a quiet spot, providing an anchorage with shelter between N and SE but exposed to the prevailing winds. It's main claim to fame is that it is the location for the filming of the TV Series ""2000 Acres of Skye". Despite the chart being annotated with the caution "Area Unsurveyed" the approach to the bay appears relatively clean with a single outlying rock which dries about 100 m south of the bay's northern point (on which stands a tower). There is plenty of room for choosing a spot in which to drop the hook (i.e. anchor) in about 6-7m, bottom sand. Rowing inshore I could see one or two patches of weed, and sizeable fish swimming in the clear water (8/03).

The pier provides shelter to the southern edge of the beach, over which locals launch small fishing and pleasure boats from trailers towed behind 4x4's. Boats able to take the ground may be able to dry out here (but make sure no expectation of the wind shifting onshore). Note that a 'rough breakwater' extends someway beyond the masonry pier - its presence may which may not be obvious with sufficient rise of tide. the photos show this more clearly, as well as the breakwater's proximity to the landing steps on the east side of the pier.

Facilities limited. The Port Logan Inn (the "Raeburn" in the TV series) with beer garden and telephone box opposite, and the Butterchurn Tea Rooms. Portlogan Fish Pool lies on the north side of the bay. Other than that you can enjoy the views, and recognise the parts of the scenery used in the filming of the TV series. The inside of the pub, the sunken cottages set back from the beach front, and the building at the root of the slip - which masqueraded as 'the island school'. A track starting from the car park at the root of the pier leads to the Muldaddie Farm House which caters for caravans.

Portpatrick

Not accessible around low water, and not recommended in strong onshore winds. Approach needs care, as it dries, is narrow and there are strong cross tides in the approach. leading marks and lights assist entry. Small dock. Port very popular (closest Scottish Port to Belfast Lough). Couple of pubs next to harbour, and small village. Dues are charged. For a 26ft, charged 4.50 in June 99.