Killybegs in Donegal -- a boater's haven
|On approach to Killybegs|
|Lighthouse on Rotten Island|
We had stopped in Teelin along the way then set sail for the short passage to Killybegs. It's only about 18 km or 10 nautical miles between the two. The approach is straightforward. The coastline is very interesting. The weather was cooperating. We noted the marine farm in Bruckless Harbour on the approach. The lighthouse on Rotten Island was where expected and we turned to port to enter the harbour surrounded by hills.
|The fishing fleet|
We received a text message from Mooney Boats that we should proceed to the Bay as scheduled at 0930. There was no activity on shore so we called in as we were approaching. Darron the foreman responded and asked us to hold off until 1000. He had looked at where the tide was at 930 and made the call that it wasn't yet high enough for our draft of 8.5 feet.
|Mooney Boats and the inner harbour|
The 75-ton travel lift did the job just fine. The facilities are very clean and top notch. The staff couldn’t be nicer or more professional. Lee Mooney supervised the whole thing himself. They built a nice cradle and offered to drop cement weights next to Aleria with which to secure her from the mast to the ground.
|Beautiful sunset seen from Walker's Bay|
The location is quite sheltered but the winds can come down the mountains we have heard. Although much of their business involves large fishing trawlers, there is a section for yachts on the hard. They have a chandlery, a machine shop, and a canteen. There is also a new marina planned for the inner harbour. They are looking to attract the yachting industry in the future, and the town is quite delightful. So contrary to the rumours we have heard!
We checked into the Tara Hotel and were given a lovely room overlooking the harbour. It has a shared terrace with tables where you can sit and enjoy the view. We had lunch at the pub restaurant which has large windows overlooking the harbour. The food was fine.
|In the slings with Darron at the controls|
|75-ton Travelhoist lifts Aleria out|
As we plan to return often during the winter to work on the boat, we researched the town and the amenities it offers. There are two hotels, several B&Bs, and several nice restaurants. There are two smaller supermarkets within walking distance of the harbour -- Centra and Londis. A newsagent and convenience store is right across from the Tara Hotel. There is a Supervalu supermarket about a kilometer out of town on the Donegal Road. We won't be found wanting.We will report what we learn as we go along.
|Aleria and her neighbors|
Hotels & B&Bs in Killybegs (all have free wifi):
Bay View Hotel (has a pool)
The Ritz B&B (parking)
The Fleet Inn B&B (great restaurant, no parking)
|A Wharram design in the harbour|
|Swan Net Gundry Chandlery|
|Centra supermarket and newsagent on the main street|
|Bay View Hotel|
|Lovely deli and butcher near the waterfront|
|Just about every Irish bank is represented here|
|Carpetmaking and fishing were the lifeblood|
|The chandlery at Mooney Boats|
|Mooney Boats Chandlery|
|View from our room at the Tara Hotel across the harbour|
|Colourful fishing fleet coming and going all the time|
|The Fleet Inn offers rooms and delicious seafood|