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Cork Coast (Kinsale to Skibbereen)
Cósta Chorcaí (Cionn tSáile go Sciobairín)


Kinsale Harbour is situated in Co. Cork on the south coast of Ireland. The harbour area can be defined by Shroneean Point to the west and Preghane Point to the east. The Port of Kinsale Harbour authorities have placed an aid to navigation buoy called the Bulman Buoy just to the north west of this headland. The distance across the harbour mouth is just under 1 kilometre.

Further inside the harbour the remains of two military forts, Charles Fort on the east and James Fort to the west, dating from the 17 th century dominate the approaches to the inner harbour. The distinctive Old Head of Kinsale headland provides shelter in its lee for the area just seaward of the mouth of the harbour.

The River Bandon enters the sea at Kinsale where the sheltered harbour has led to its development as an important commercial and recreational port.

Skibbereen in West Cork is the most southerly town in Ireland. The name "Skibbereen" means "little boat harbour." The River Ilen which runs through the town reaches the sea at Baltimore.

Location of Skibbereen & Kinsale Harbour in Co. Cork on the south coast of Ireland.

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INFOMAR Survey History

In 2010 the RV Keary surveyed around Kinsale. The majority of this area was surveyed by the Celtic Voyager between 2008 and 2016.

Coverage from survey legs undertaken to survey Cork Harbour to date. (Click image for more detailed map)

Read more about some of the survey legs on our Blog by clicking on the links below.

KRY10_02 Kinsale Harbour and Approaches

INFOMAR reports on a successful survey season - 2013

CV 13 01 South Priority Area

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Shaded Relief

The 3D appearance is achieved using software called Fledermaus. By using some vertical exaggeration, artificial sun-shading (usually as if there is a light source in the nw 315°) and colouring the depths using various colour maps, it is possible to highlight the subtle relief of the seabed. This helps us to quickly understand the variation in depths.

All of our Charts for Cork can be downloaded in pdf format from this page.

Download Shaded Relief Bathymetry Geotiffs from our Interactive Web Data Delivery System (IWDDS)

Select your area of interest.Offshore Geotiffs - Bathymetry Shaded Relief Geotiffs.

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Multibeam Systems also collect additional information, including the strength of the acoustic signal (or return) from the seafloor. This is known as Backscatter. Differing seafloor types, such as mud, sand, gravel and rock will have different Backscatter values depending on the amount of energy they return to the sonar head. Rocky areas will typically have high returns while soft sediments like mud are more likely to absorb energy and have low Backscatter returns. These differing values are used to generate a grey-order image (i.e. dark for high returns, bright for low returns) of the seabed which can be used to examine the nature of the seafloor.


Detailed .pdf backscatter charts can be downloaded by clicking here

Download Backscatter Geotiffs from our Interactive Web Data Delivery System (IWDDS)

Select your area of interest.Offshore Geotiffs - Backscatter Geotiffs.

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        RMS Lusitiana    

To view the shipwrecks in Google and to download Shipwreck Information Sheets please click here

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INFOMAR in Google Earth

Download the bathy lidar Mizen Head to Clonakilty 10m dataset.

To view additional datasets in Google Earth please click here

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View data in the free iView4D

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Download the Mizen Head to Clonakilty 10m dataset here

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Data Access

Full details outlining the process to gain access to datasets for the bay above or all INFOMAR data can be found in the INFOMAR | Data page of this website.

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