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57 41.0N 001 57.5W


AC 1462 Fraserburgh Approaches: AC 0213-0 Fraserburgh to Newburgh; C23 Moray Firth to Fife Ness; SC5617

Rules & Regulations

None known


Cairnbulg Briggs and associated rocks marked by a lit perch at outermost point. Also has a shipwrecked fishing vessel which was still there at the end of the summer of 2012

Tidal Data Times & Range

There is no Tidal Data for Cairnbulg but it approximates to Fraserburgh

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General Description

Berthing Master John Ritchie 07725 815261

Cairnbulg is a small harbour with a very narrow entrance and awkward approach situated opposite Fraserburgh in Fraserburgh Bay. 

The harbour here was started in the 1920s when the present east wall was built but money ran out and it was not until the early 1980s that the west wall was built to enclose the present harbour. It is a drying harbour with a hard sand bottom, so of no use to the cruising fin keeler but for those who can take the ground it is a delightful, off-the-beaten-track harbour which does not, as yet, charge harbour dues to the visiting yachtie.  ... read more


We have given a waypoint which will put you on a safe approach path to the harbour entrance on a heading of 110°T. From the South you need to give the beacon at the end of Cairnbulg Briggs a couple of cables offing depending on the sea state and from the North you can make directly for the waypoint when you have rounded Kinnaird Head.  ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Cairnbulg has installed yet more pontoons (see our recent addition to our Gallery).  It is uncertain how deep the water is around the pontoon and, at present our advice is to tie up as far West as possible; further in you may have to take the ground. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update summer 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 22nd Sep 2016
The new pontoons are full up and a visitor will have to find space on the West wall and dry out. The butcher is definitely closed but the ice cream shop is open. There are still no toilets here.
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 4th Apr 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2016. There is a new photo in the gallery showing the layout of the pontoons. This harbour is being improved all the time and it is not certain where they will stop!!
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