Isle of Man - north & east


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

1411 Irish Sea Western Part 1:200,000
1826 Irish Sea Eastern Part 1:200,000
2094 Kirkcudbright to Mull of Galloway and Isle Of Man 1:100,000
2696 Plans in the Isle Of Man* 1:25,000

* Includes Douglas Bay, Ramsey Bay, Castletown Bay including Derbyhaven, Calf Sound, Peel, Port Erin and Bay Ny Carrickey in which Port St Mary lies)

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

Y70 Isle Of Man  
C62 Irish Sea (covers the entire costs described in the Cruising Notes) Chart C62: Irish Sea (Imray Charts: Home...


Albert quay - visitor's pontoon provided during the summer (removed in Sep).

The island’s capital and main harbour. Ingoing and outgoing boats must call "Douglas Harbour Control" on Ch12 before entry or exit, in order that the movement of small craft can be coordinated with the movement of large commercial vessels (which include ferries to and from Heysham, Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin, plus occasional tankers and small coasters).

A water retention system has been installed in the inner harbour, where access is now constrained by a sill, gate, and lifting road bridge and which provides the best shelter. Contact Harbour Control if wishing to enter or leave who will advise on access times. Usually for yachts this will be around HW+/- 2.0hrs at springs and HW +/- 1.5 hrs at neaps – except during (vehicle traffic) rush hours. Visitors may be advised to berth alongside a quay, or may be able to use a vacant berth in the small 68 berth marina. Close to the inner harbour’s north quay is Manx Marine – staffed by knowledgeable and helpful staff. If something needs fixing, they will be able to provide a list of contacts.

In summertime, a visitor’s pontoon is provided against inside Battery Pier (on the eastern side of the outer breakwater), whilst at other times (and in the event of NE/E winds) vessels which cannot dry out will be limited to rafting up at the root of the Albert Pier amongst the local fishing fleet – in which instance crew able to shift berth must remain onboard.

Facilities include showers available at the Inner Harbour Office on The Tongue (shower cards available during office hours 0900 - 1700hrs) or outside these times from the Harbour Office located on the second floor of the Douglas Sea Terminal (from the inner harbour look toward the NE corner for a prominent building with a spire).

All the usual amenities of a busy town, high street stores, pubs, clubs, museum, etc with public transport conveniently to hand for excursions to all other parts of the island.

Douglas Bay used throughout the summer on Tuesday and Thursday summer by the Douglas Bay yacht club to stage evening races. The yacht club is located on The Tongue. During the summer months, some club members boats are kept on moorings in the outer harbour.


A useful anchorage sheltered from SE to NW. Located close to the airport but quiet enough for overnight stops.

Anchoring near moorings on west side of peninsula or anywhere where sufficient depth found good holding. Boats able to take the ground may wish to proceed inside the breakwater and dry out.

Notice the passage between the southern end of the breakwater and the beacon near the north edge of rocks to the south.

On west side of the anchorage is a golf course and Golf Links Hotel with restaurant open to non members. There nearby slip where a landing can be made by dinghy.

Walking around the bay leads through a small residential area and small church. Telephone box and post box all there is in the way of facilities - on the west side of the bay.

Laxey Bay

A large bay exposed to the easterly quadrant, the southern side of the bay is locally known as Garwick Bay, whilst the northern side where a drying harbour is located is known as Laxey.

Laxey harbour dries, and contains a small basin fully occupied by tightly packed local boats. Drying out alongside the inner face of the southern breakwater may be possible in settled weather. Alternatively anchor off the beach where anchorage is good in offshore winds. Note that the foreshore dries out beyond the pier heads, in the vicinity of which there is a rocky/stony foreshore. Else where the bay the bottom is mainly sand. In summertime, visitors' moorings may be present just to the east of the harbour pier heads.  Pubs, restaurants, cafe, pizza restaurant, Laxey Water Wheel nearby, and bus connections allowing access to all parts of the island.

Garwick Bay affords good anchorage in offshore winds. Three visitors moorings may be present in summertime (removed during September). No facilities ashore.

Approach waypoint: 54 12.80 N, 4 23.2 W, centrally placed between both Garwick and Laxey. Don't venture closer in than the 5m contour, as there are one or two rocky heads close in toward the northern end of the shingle beach - which only reveal themselves at low water springs.

Maughold Head

Ramsey Bay

Ramsey Bay provides a well sheltered drying harbour divided in two by a swing bridge. Above the bridge local boats raft up alongside the quays. Below the bridge

Visitors usually raft up outside or between the fishing boats. Good sized town with choice of supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, etc. Outside the harbour a Victorian

pier runs out into the bay. During the summer visitor’s moorings are laid near the head of the pier. Alternatively anchor of in offshore winds only (i.e. not in winds between N and SE).

The dilapidated Victorian pier on which landing is not permitted, see from SE. The harbour entrance is just to the right of this view.

The East Quay can be used in settled conditions, and as can be seen from the view below it’s inner end is used by fishing boats as a storage area. “No Berth” signs may be hung on the quay if the space is required to accommodate one of the three coasters, which regularly call.


Point of Ayre

The point has a distinctive tall lighthouse painted in red and white bands, which assists in identifying the whereabouts of the lowing lying coastline.

Passage round the point needs to be timed for a favourable tide.


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