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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)


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)

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)


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)


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, 15th Edition 2020

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East & North Coasts of Ireland

Sailing Directions  East and North Coasts of Ireland, 13th edition 2020

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Cruising Ireland

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

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Irish Cruising Club Publications Pilotage and Cruising Guides for Ireland


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

“…a respected and much-used publication here at CIL.”

Captain Robert McCabe, Commissioners of Irish Lights

What a pleasant surprise to get such a bright treasure dropped through one’s letter box. It put a bounce in one’s step and an order for anti-fouling…..

Fergus Quinlan S/y Pylades

Recently revised pilot containing 368 pages of very precise, detailed information on the Irish South and West Coast. A must for pleasure craft skippers sailing in these waters. The author obviously has local knowledge. The many very informative photos and maps give a good idea of in particular approaches of inlets and harbors. Important information about Dangers, Tides and Lights and Marks is easy to find, these being placed in colored frames. Among the appendices is a distance table and a very useful glossary of Irish terms. We had the pilot on our chart table all the time.

Els Verheugd-Daatzelaar S/Y Kristoffel

De auteur is duidelijk zeer goed op de hoogte van de lokale omstandigheden. Informatieve foto’s en heldere kaartjes illustreren de tekst, en geven met name een goed beeld van aan te varen havens en ankerplaatsen. Belangrijke informatie betreffende met name Tides, Dangers en Light and Marks is in aparte, gekleurde kaders geplaatst, wat het zoeken vergemakkelijkt. Onder de 6 appendices o.a. een afstandtabel en een zeer nuttige woordenlijst met Ierse termen. Zonder een pilot als deze kun je hier niet.

Els Verheugd-Daatzelaar S/Y Kristoffel

Norman Kean - Editor

Irish Cruising Club Publications Pilotage and Cruising Guides for Ireland

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