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Aberdour (with notes on Inchcolm)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


56° 02.80N 003° 17.30W


AC 0736 Firth of Forth Granton & Burntisland to Rosyth; AC1407 Montrose To Berwick-Upon-Tweed; SC 5615 Whitby to Edinburgh (includes charts of the Firth of Forth to Grangemouth); Imray C27 Firth of Forth (incl harbour plan Aberdour)

Rules & Regulations

None Known


Reefs in the bay between the trots and the beach

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Aberdour is five minutes before HW Leith and 0.5m higher. There are no other constants available.   (links)

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General Description

Harbour Master (part time)  Ian MacFarlane 01383 860626 or 07964757102 or via the Forth Yacht Club website at www.fyca.org.uk

Of the harbours around the Firth of Forth, this and the one at Limekilns are hard to beat for the yachtsman who likes somewhere sheltered and reasonably priced to clew up. (It's possibly my favourite harbour in the Forth) We deal with Limekilns in another article.  The harbour was originally built for the export of coal but in Victorian times it became a day trip destination for paddle steamers from Leith. These steamers tied up on the hammerhead at the end of the present pier or on the pier (now derelict) on the opposite side of the entrance. It is still a holiday destination but the tourists now come by road or rail. ... read more


You can make an approach any time three hours either side of HW.... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Basically there are no fishing boats based at Aberdour..... ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update June 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 20th Jun 2022
I reviewed these notes in June 2022 with the help of Ian (the new HM). The only change is that of the price (still extremely reasonable). Be aware that if you you can't find the HM the chances are that he is where you have just arrived from - out on the water.
Written by Mark Mayln | 21st May 2022
The Harbour Master is now Ian MacFarlane 01383 860 626.

Overnight fees for 2022 are now £13. The fee includes alongside berthing, water (available on pier), electricity (subject to availability) and use of the ABC Clubhouse and shower.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 14th May 2021
I reviewed these notes in May 2021. This is still a gem of a place and now it has a shower!! The tariff hasn't changed since 2018. Highly recommended.
Update - winter 2020
Written by Mark Mayln | 25th Nov 2020
Aberdour Boat Club hopes to have a shower installed for the 2021 season. This will be available for use by visitors.
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Written by Don Thomson | 5th Apr 2018
The price went up to £10 a night last year otherwise nothing has changed (thank goodness)
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 29th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. They've increased the price to £9.00 per boat per night, otherwise nothing has changed.
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