Dublin is a very sailor-friendly destination and Ireland is an excellent country to explore by boat.
Separated from mainland Britain by the Irish Sea, Ireland is lined with dramatic cliffs and wide sweeping beaches, and surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets, each with their own place in Celtic folklore. Accomplished seafarers can cross to Dublin from the UK, sailing the 63- mile route from Holyhead in Wales to Dun Laoghaire in Dublin Bay, and the marina facilities on arrival are world-class.
DUN LAOGHAIRE MARINA
Located in the historic harbor of Dun Laoghaire on the southern shore of Dublin Bay, Dun Laoghaire Marina is the only marina in Ireland with Five Gold Anchors from the Yacht Harbour Association and has everything you would expect from a world-class yachting destination.
The marina has capacity for 820 boats and can be accessed 24 hours a day by boats of up to four meters (13 feet) draft. It has berths suitable for boats up to 30 meters (98 feet) in length with a maximum displacement weight of 80 tonnes. The marina’s four waterfront yacht clubs are among the most distinguished in Ireland. Dun Laoghaire is conveniently situated just a short distance from Dublin city center and a 45-minute drive from Dublin Airport, and in Dun Laoghaire town you’ll find shops, banks, pubs, restaurants and a chandlery. One of the marina’s biggest draws is the friendly, well-informed staff who will always go out of their way to help you.
Malahide Marina is located ten miles north of Dublin city center and four miles from Dublin Airport.
It has 350 fully serviced berths and can accommodate vessels up to 75 meters (246 feet) length and four meters (13 feet) draft with ample space for maneuvering. Malahide itself is known locally as ‘the village’ and has a tranquil charm that has made this a favorite among the international yachting crowd. The location is ideal for cruising this scenic stretch of coastline and when it comes to shore leave, Malahide is a perfect place for a stop-over. Visitors will find all the necessary services in the fully-equipped boatyard and marina center, and the village and surrounding countryside are idyllic. Restaurants, pubs, shops, banks and a post office are within walking distance of the marina, as well as a golf course, tennis courts, parks, botanical gardens, beaches and the 12th century Malahide Castle.