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300 Harbours: Each harbour (NOT JUST marinas) has full sailing directions, free charts, and photo galleries. All mooring options are covered, including: prices, local facilities, provisioning, launching places, pubs and dining. Plus 7 day weather and 2016 tide tables.   Interactivity   Logged in visitors can leave comments and information.

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Featured Harbour show all

Scrabster & Thurso

East and North Scotland

Contacts
HM (Gordon Mackenzie) 01847 892779 VHF 12

We have included Thurso in these notes for the sake of completeness only to say that you don’t want to go there! The harbour at Thurso merely consists of reinforcement of the banks of the River Thurso, dries to a rocky boulder strewn bottom and has rocks and reefs guarding the entrance; best go to Scrabster.

On the other hand Scrabster is an invaluable haven for those cruising in these waters, it can be a bit open to the East unless you can get a berth in the inner Harbour (of which more later) but basically its network of Ro-Ro piers and docks within docks means that it is easy to get into, each entrance being narrower than the last so that, even in easterly winds the entrance is not hazardous. Your only problem is if you are coming from the East you have the Pentland Firth to deal with before you round Dunnet Head (or after, if departing to the East). 

The harbour is situated about eighteen miles west of Duncansby Head in the Western corner of Thurso Bay; it’s sheltered from the north by Holborn Head, from the east by Dunnet Head and from the North East by the Orkneys. In NE winds you will get a considerable blow but there is not enough sea room for a swell to build up and block the entrances to the harbour. ... read more

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