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5742.28N 00330.39W


AC 0223 Dunrobin Point to Buckie; AC 1462 Burghead Harbour; C23 Fife Ness to Moray Firth (harbour plan of Burghead); SC 5617

Rules & Regulations

3 kt speed limit. Contact the harbour on VHF 14


Rocks and reefs out to about a cable and a half from the CG Lookout.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Burghead is HW Aberdeen 0135 MHWS 4.1m MHWN 3.2m MLWN 1.6m MLWS 0.6m

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General Description

Harbour Master (John Mackay) 01343 835337 VHF 14

This is an “Almanac stub” as the author has not made entry to this harbour and is relying on others’ descriptions.
One would be tempted to overlook this small fishing harbour on Moray Coast; it is listed as being very busy with fishing vessels and this is evidenced by the fact that, on frequent passages past it, there has always been FV activity there.

On the other hand its SW facing entrance makes it one of the few harbours on this coast whose entrance is easy in Easterly winds, though stiff Northerlies will produce an alarming amount of white water around its protective wall. The harbour consists of a main, narrow basin which is normally lined on both sides with FV; there is a secondary parallel basin which is even narrower and terminates in a slip. The entrance channel is at right angles to the main harbour and protected by the North wall which provides alongside berths for ships too large to enter the harbour. ... read more


Most documents recommend an approach from the NW which is where we have put our way point; if approaching from the East you should stay a good 2 cables clear of the shore and headland to avoid the heavy scattering of rocks and reefs before turning in towards the harbour.  ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

You should definitely rig warps and fenders on both sides before starting your approach as there will not be time to change sides once you are inside the harbour.  It is highly likely that the main basin will be full and the only possibility of a berth will be in front of the first converted granary on the North wall. ... read more

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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 4th Apr 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2016. This is still mainly a commercial harbour and rates for visiting boats have gone up a small amount in line with the rest of the Moray Council Harbours.
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