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57 20.65N 001 56.00W


AC 0213 Fraserbrough to Newburgh; C23 Fife Ness to the Moray Firth; SC5617-4 Aberdeen to Bay of Cruden

Rules & Regulations

None Known


The Skares at the South end of the Bay of Cruden. Note that the buoy here is a PHM and assumes the flood is North bound

Tidal Data Times & Range

There is no tidal data for Collieston but HW is about 15 minutes before Aberdeen and depths similar. Do not be mislead by the Newburgh listed on Easy Tide; thats a different Newburgh on the River Tay above Dundee

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General Description

This is a much overlooked harbour about a mile north of Hackley Head. It is small and drying and the entrance is quite narrow.  It is totally cut off in on-shore winds and in strong SE winds the waves break over the North/South pier and the harbour turns into surf; on the other hand in settled conditions with an off-shore wind it is a little version of paradise.

It is popular with landlubbers at the weekends but during the week it is empty. On neap tides there is enough water just inside the knuckle of the pier for a boat to stay afloat but it dries completely on springs.  Note that the local angling boats (open dories) are kept above the waterline in the Western corner of the harbour apart from the occasional boat which can be found moored fore and aft across the knuckle (see Google maps street view )

The harbour is maintained by donations and does not charge harbour dues but there is an honesty box for any donations.

Originally this was just an open bay with two approaches either side of rocks (the “Black Rig”) in the middle of the bay. It was home to about 50 yawls which fished the herring and in the late 19th century some one had the bright idea of closing off the Northern approach with a pier. Unfortunately this had the effect of containing the sand and the bay silted up (how often have we seen that in this era of turning every old harbour into a marina!).

The result of this and the advent of the steam trawler was that the fishing fleet moved out and the village atrophied.  Nowadays the local residents are an eclectic mix of retirees, professional folk commuting to Aberdeen or Peterhead and some holiday residents.  There is no pub and the small Post Office and shop closed two or three years ago as no one was prepared to take it over when the owner retired.  ... read more


From the South there are no hazards and a mile north of the point where the sand dunes give way to cliffs you will be able to see a large house on the cliffs above the village. The harbour can be entered about three hours either side of HW and you should make your approach on a Northerly heading once you have identified the entrance.  ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

There are no charges here (but it would be crass of you not to leave a donation) and the best place to berth is against the knuckle.  You can anchor temporarily in the bay to the SE of the pier wall but keep an eye out for the isolated rock on the east side of that bay. ... read more

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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 30th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. No changes were necessary.
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