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57° 40.2N 002° 31. 15W


AC 0222 Buckie to Fraserburgh; AC 1462 Banff & Macduff; C23 (Imray) Fife Ness to Moray Firth (with harbour plans for Banff & Macduff); SC5617

Rules & Regulations

There is a 3kt speed limit. Visiting boats should contact the HM on VHF12 but that’s not mandatory so do not expect all the local boats to be listening out.


Collie Rocks (unmarked) off Macduff Shipyard and Feachie Craig off Banff.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Banff is Aberdeen – 0120. MHWS 3.9m MHWN 3.2 MLWN 1.5m MLWS 0.8m

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General Description

HM Duncan Mackie,  07747020496, VHF #12 (If no reply on VHF call Macduff on same channel)
Assiant HM (Banff)  Albert Wiseman  07920 270360
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The Assistant HM will be in attendance at the harbour during the forenoon watch only and at other times you need to contact the HM on his mobile to advise if you intend coming here later in the day. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Visitors are moored on the first pontoons on the right as you pass the “Railway Pier” or on the next hammerhead along. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Up date May 2023
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 11th May 2023
The harbour is nearly ready to re-open, details can be found on the harbour website in the link in the text. There is a new launching slipway in the outer harbour.
Update June 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 20th Jun 2022
I reviewed these notes in June 2022. The Harbour will not be fixed in time for this season
Repairs 2021/22
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 26th Nov 2021
I am monitoring the progress here and will endeavour to keep our members updated
Harbour Closed until at least August 2021
Written by Mark Harbour Master Sailing Challenge | 31st May 2021
May 2021 - I visited Banff on foot. There is a large coffer damn around the internal pier as they try and mend it. In addition sea water is getting in under the outer harbour wall which is hampering the job. The harbour is closed until at least August 2021 - it is a big job!

The part-time Harbour Master responsible for Banff is Albert Wiseman (Under Derek Mackie at Macduff) HIs number is 07971590272 [email protected]

Mark (Harbour Master Sailing Challenge)
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 17th May 2021
I reviewed these notes in May 2021 but, as far as I can tell they are still closed. I will return to this entry later in the year as updates become available.
harbour closed
Written by old hunter | 9th Feb 2021
Harbour is closed for repairs until August 2021
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harbour closed for winter
Written by old hunter | 28th Nov 2020
Banff harbour is having work done over winter and will be closed while the work is being done , it has not started as yet but expected to be closed until April.
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Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 25th Apr 2019
You should contact the HM at Macduff to ascertain the state of play here before setting out with this in mind as a destination.
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UPDATE Autumn 2018
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 5th Dec 2018
The waiting buoy has been installed
Written by Don Thomson | 6th Apr 2018
No changes but the waiting buoy has still not yet been installed. Price remains the same.
Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 31st Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. They have had a recent dredge here but are still quoting 4.5 hours either side of HW for visiting boats assuming of a draft of 1.5 metres. The waiting buoy is expected by the end of May. Those of you who enjoyed the Spindrift used book shop will be sad to hear that it closed.
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