Burntisland was once a busy port but its use has dropped off since late in the last century...
….It has two basins, the West Dock and the East Dock. There is a lock gate on the East dock to maintain water levels when a cargo vessel is in and the sailing club has the schedules for such arrivals. (You can also check the AIS and assume that if there is a vessel in the east Dock, the new pontoons are inaccessible.) So, it is normally on free flow which is OK for entry into the East Basin, but it does mean that the bridge over the lock is then open and the only way to town from the club moorings is all the way around the East Dock itself which won't be a problem going but may be coming back loaded!
There are yacht moorings in the small area behind the “Island" Jetty just inside the harbour entrance but these are very exposed to winds from the West and South. The Sailing Club has installed a new pontoon with finger berths inside the East Dock and there is a visitor’s berth there. They are in the process of installing another pontoon which should be in sometime during this summer (2022)
The Sailing Club has been there for a good few years but up until recently had no arrangements in place for visitors. Now they have the pontoon and are quite happy to accept visitors but you need to apply via their website a couple of days in advance to occupy one of their pontoon berths overnight. ... read more
If approaching from the North Sea you can almost straight line it from Bass Rock or Anstruther...…
but in the latter case be aware of the shallows and rocks between Kinghorn Ness and the harbour entrance. Coming from the West if you go outside Inchcolm and Car Craig you can run straight for the harbour mouth or you can go through the Mortimer Deep (but I doubt if you’ll save much time. There is the problem that in this Firth if the wind is against the tide there can be a nasty short chop on. ... read more
As you pass through the entrance the swinging moorings are on your immediate starboard side and beyond them is the Yacht Club Building. If you have booked a pontoon berth then as you pass through the main hatbour entrance, turn 45° to Starboard and, leaving the diagonal wall to starboard continue towards the East Harbour lock. Once through the lock the Club Pontoons are on your starboard side. ... read more