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57 40.2N 002 31. 15W


AC 0222 Buckie to Fraserburgh; AC 1462 Banff & Macduff; C23 (Imray) Fife Ness to Moray Firth (with harbour plans for Banff & Macduff); SC5617

Rules & Regulations

There is a 3kt speed limit. Visiting boats should contact the HM on VHF12 but thats not mandatory so do not expect all the local boats to be listening out.


Collie Rocks (unmarked) off Macduff Shipyard and Feachie Craig off Banff.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Banff is Aberdeen 0120. MHWS 3.9m MHWN 3.2 MLWN 1.5m MLWS 0.8m

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General Description

HM (James Henderson)           01261 815544, mob 07770646115, VHF #12  www.banffmarina.com
Banff Sailing Club                     www.banffsailingclub.co.uk/
Buccaneer Ltd (Chandlery)      01261 835199   
Macduff Shipyards                   01261 832234   
Banff harbour, situated opposite Macduff on the west side of Banff Bay, is the most easterly of the marinas on this coast.
The harbour was first established here between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century although there had been a castle here since medieval times. Like all the other towns on this coast it was a hive of activity during the heyday of the herring fishing industry and was connected to the railway system in the mid nineteenth century (it still has a “Railway Inn” on the bluff overlooking the harbour) and the central pier is still, sometimes, referred to as the “Railway Pier”. That railway was, of course, Beechinged! ... read more


Fin keelers should be able to enter the harbour four hours either side of HW.

You will see from the chart that the lead-in marks bring one in from the South East over fairly shallow water. We have given a Way Point on the two meter line but most skippers tend to line up from much closer in towards the entrance. The approach to this harbour has to take into account any swell from the North and the rocks which lie off the North wall and East Wall.  In virtually any conditions you would be wise to clear away for entering harbour somewhere just inside the 5 meter contour to the NE of the harbour mouth (out of the swell) and then lay a course for a point about fifty yards to the SE of the entrance, running with the swell. You then have to line up with the harbour mouth, crack on a bit of speed, and judge the lateral movement as you run in; in a heavy swell and from half ebb onwards you will need quite heavy helm corrections and in some conditions the Harbour Master may suggest you go to Macduff! ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Visitors are moored on the first pontoons on the right as you pass the “Railway Pier” or on the next hammerhead along. For larger 10meter+ boats the berths against the North wall of the inner pier are used when available.

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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 31st Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. They have had a recent dredge here but are still quoting 4.5 hours either side of HW for visiting boats assuming of a draft of 1.5 metres. The waiting buoy is expected by the end of May. Those of you who enjoyed the Spindrift used book shop will be sad to hear that it closed.
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