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East and North Scotland

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This is a small tidal harbour on the South coast of the Moray Firth between Lossiemouth and Burghead. It was developed during the nineteenth century with about three major redesigns over that period; the original village and harbour was built for the export of sandstone quarried nearby but then the fishing industry moved in and, to house it, subsequent redevelopment was required. 

The railway came through in the late 1850s but the passenger service fell off before the Second WW and then the branch line was closed by Beeching and there is now a caravan site built over the old station (hence the name “Station” Caravan Park).  As with the other small harbours on this coast the decline of the fishing industry has resulted in the harbour being taken over by the leisure industry and Hopeman is trying to catch up with that. The harbour is administered by the Moray Council which, two years ago, installed a central pontoon down the inner harbour now completely occupied by amateur anglers. Although this has almost doubled the available berths here, there is still a waiting list and very little provision for visitors’ berths.

This is a small village, the harbour dries and safe entry is about three hours either side of HW depending on your draft and the state of the tide. The entry is interesting and is dealt with below, but, as a result of the convoluted nature of its entrance, the harbour gives good shelter in all winds and seas but it is dangerous to attempt entry in strong winds from WSW to NE. 

The harbour entrance faces West by South and a half West, and consists of an East pier which turns and becomes the North pier, a West pier which turns inside and parallels the North pier to form the entrance channel. The central pier divides the harbour into two basins with a narrow entrance into the inner basin. Luckily the Admiralty provide a harbour diagram which shows the arrangement better than it can be described; the 180˚ turn into the inner harbour from the entrance channel is quite a sharp one.

On a sunny day this is a lovely spot and on a blowy day a welcome respite and, if you can take the bottom, a change from the regular Lossiemouth, Whitehills transit of this coast..  The Reeds Almanac warns of lobster pots (called “creels” on this coast) in the offings of this harbour; anyone who sails this coast knows that this is true of the whole coastline and if you are making a night transit you need to sail a good 3 or 4 miles off to be halfway sure of avoiding them!! ... read more


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