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Lough Swilly

One of Ireland's three true fjords, this deep and sheltered inlet is the principal sailing centre on the north coast. Lough Swilly has magnificent cliff scenery, beautiful sandy beaches and peaceful anchorages. (photo Paul McSorley)

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Mainland Ireland's southwesternmost harbour gives access to a fabulous cruising ground of bays and islands, and makes an ideal starting point for a cruise. Baltimore Harbour, guarded by the iconic Lot's Wife beacon, hosts a lively sailing scene. (photo Geraldine Hennigan)

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The Old Head of Kinsale

The Old Head shelters the picturesque and historic harbour of Kinsale, one of the most popular ports of call for visiting yachts. Kinsale is renowned for its restaurants and art galleries and its narrow and winding streets teem with visitors from all over the world. (photo Kevin Dwyer)

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A rowing crew train on a summer evening on the Fertha River. Rowing is keenly contested around the coast, and the brothers Paul and Gary O'Donovan from Skibbereen won silver at the Rio Olympics in the men's double sculls. (photo Geraldine Hennigan)

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Ireland's coastline is rich in wildlife of all kinds and is a hot spot for whales, dolphins and basking sharks. You will certainly see dolphins, and you may be lucky enough to see a breaching humpback whale, like this one captured on camera off Hook Head. (photo Padraig Whooley, IWDG)

ICC Publications

South & West Coasts of Ireland

Sailing Directions for the South and West Coasts, 14th edition 2016

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East & North Coasts of Ireland

Sailing Directions for the East and North Coasts, 12th edition 2014

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Cruising Ireland

A Companion to the ICC Sailing Directions - essential reading for cruise planning and enjoyment

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Le guide de l’Irish Cruising Club “South & West Coasts of Ireland” est un bijou! Incontournable…

Francois Longchamp

“Approach any port without these navigational directions on board at one’s peril.”

Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

I have just received a  copy of the new sailing South & West directions and was most impressed. A huge improvement on the old ones. great photos from boat height of the entrances to harbours etc. Must have been a huge lot of work. Well done the result is worth all the effort.

John Petch

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