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Aberdour (with notes on Inchcolm)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


56 02.80N 003 17.30W


AC 0736 Firth of Forth Granton & Burntisland to Rosyth; AC1407 Montrose To Berwick-Upon-Tweed; SC 5615 Whitby to Edinburgh (includes charts of the Firth of Forth to Grangemouth); Imray C27 Firth of Forth (incl harbour plan Aberdour)

Rules & Regulations

None Known


Reefs in the bay between the trots and the beach

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Aberdour is five minutes before HW Leith and 0.5m higher. There are no other constants available.   (links)

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General Description

Harbour Master
(part time)  Dick Drummond 01383 860859 or via the Forth Yacht Club website at www.fyca.org.uk
Aberdour Boat Club  www.aberdourboatclub.co.uk

Of the harbours around the Firth of Forth, this and the one at Limekilns are hard to beat for the yachtsman who likes somewhere sheltered and reasonably priced to clew up. We deal with Limekilns in another article.  The harbour was originally built for the export of coal but in Victorian times it became a day trip destination for paddle steamers from Leith. These steamers tied up on the hammerhead at the end of the present pier or on the pier (now derelict) on the opposite side of the entrance. It is still a holiday destination but the tourists now come by road or rail. ... read more


You can make an approach any time three hours either side of HW and there are no in or out flowing currents to limit your approach, though the tidal streams in the Firth are beginning to bottleneck towards the narrows at the Bridges and will influence your time of arrival. ... read more

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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 29th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. They've increased the price to £9.00 per boat per night, otherwise nothing has changed.
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