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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


5741.3N 00259.0W


AC 0222 Buckie to Fraserburgh: AC 1462.8 Buckie Harbour; C23 (Imray) Fife Ness to Moray Firth (with harbour plan of Buckie): SC5617

Rules & Regulations

Entry signal on Nth Pier (3 reds harbour closed). All vessels should contact HM on VHF 12


East Muck, Middle Muck and West Muck (lit) in the North and East approaches.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Buckie is HW Aberdeen -0135 hours MHWS 4.1m MHWN 3.2m MLWN 1.6m MLWS 0.7m

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General Description

Harbour Office 01542 831700, VHF12

The present harbour at Buckie replaced the original (now the site of Buckpool Harbour Park) in 1880.  The original at Buckpool, built not long before that, was found to be very prone to silting so the local Laird developed the harbour we see today.  There had been a fishing village at Buckpool for centuries where the local boats landed their catch over the beach and hauled the boats up in stormy weather. One has to remember that this was a notoriously dangerous area for fishermen before this harbour was built; the harbours along this coast and as far North as Wick were small, tidal affairs; the boats plied their trade throughout the winter before the days of weather forecasting, lifeboats and power, so somewhere as safe as Buckie was a boon.

These days, if you sail this coast, even in the summer months, you will have this harbour in the back of your mind as somewhere to run for if things start to go wrong. The well-built Buckie harbour became very successful and at one stage was the premier fishing port in the North East of Scotland. To this day it competes with Fraserburgh, though the larger ocean going trawlers tend to favour Fraserburgh. At the height of the herring industry Buckie was served by the railway but that connection was severed by Beaching in 1960 and nowadays fish landed at Buckie are transported world wide by refrigerated road transport. Now Buckie is competing aggressively for a share on the off shore wind farm industry.
Buckie harbour has a long North wall enclosing four basins; the harbour walls are high to accommodate the commercial boats and the visiting yachtie will need long warps here (although the writer was once rafted on the pilot boat in the SW corner of No 3 basin which made life a lot easier!!) ... read more


The approach to the harbour is not difficult to navigate but in unsettled on-shore conditions the entrance will be tricky; the outer walls were not built as high as they are on a whim and the seas around here can still break over them in the winter storms. The harbour entrance is guarded by a phalanx of offshore drying rocks (the Mucks) and most passage instructions assume that the navigator will stay to seawards of these before making an approach from the North West. If you are making an approach on a fine summer’s evening from the east there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t duck inside between the East and Middle Mucks but you should be very sure of your position if doing that. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

You will be in contact with the harbour on VHF and they will direct you to the basin they require you in. It’s worth noting that a few of the berths have 240V shore power so it’s worth asking if one of those is available. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 31st Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. There have been no changes here apart from a small increase in Harbour dues for visitors. It also interesting to note that the old three master that used to be berthed here has departed.
helpful harbour staff
Written by old hunter | 25th Oct 2015
Not the prettiest of stops but the harbour staff were extremely helpful and went out of their way for us when we were stuck there for a couple of days
Don't Dismiss Buckie
Written by Karl | 28th Feb 2013
Easy to approach at night, illuminated harbour. Good lights and professional harbour staff who will "fit you in". maybe not the prettiest harbour but certainly one to remember.
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