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Pennan & Gardenstown

East and North Scotland

Contacts
Gardenstown HM       Michael Watt  0790060153
Pennan (Clerk to the Trustees)  Mrs J J E Watt 01346 561244

These are two delightful little harbours situated in the bays on either side of Troop Head on the North Aberdeenshire coast; Pennan to the East and Gardenstown (formerly called Gamrie), in Gamrie Bay, to the West. There have been harbours here since the early 18th century and each has been destroyed and rebuilt on several occasions but they have never been able to compete with larger more accessible harbours on this coast (Fraserburgh and Macduff). 

There were as many as fifty boats at Gardenstown in the early 20th century but it has declined to the few kreel boats that are here today. The two villages cling determinedly to the cliffs and their harbours take a pounding from the Northerlies during the winter. Gardenstown is by far the larger of the two and the harbour is well occupied with local amateur anglers and a few professional crustacean fishermen whilst Pennan boasts, at the most, a couple of kreel boats. Today they are both basically dormitory villages with holiday accommodation to let; Pennan has very little in the way of facilities but Gardenstown is better equipped.

As can be seen from our photographs Gardenstown has been fitted with floating pontoons in its western half whilst a few small yachts ride to fore and aft moorings opposite the harbour entrance. In Gardenstown at HW and with a northerly set to the sea there is a noticeable gentle surge which sets up the bilge keel boogey and the moored yachts can be seen rocking gently, but persistently from side to side.

Both harbours are popular with local yachtsmen that can take the ground, either as a lunchtime venue on a day sail or somewhere to visit for a Saturday night. They don’t lend themselves as stop offs on a long cruise but, if you are exploring this coastline, they should not be missed out. ... read more

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