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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


56° 03.1N 003°14W


UKHO 1407-0, 0733-0, 0736-0, 0735-0 SC5615, Imray C27 (with Burntisland harbour Plan)

Rules & Regulations

Give way to cargo vessels manoeuvring


Black Rocks and associated reefs in Burntisland Bay to the East. Beware also Heuchboy and Kirkbush Rocks and the shallows in the vicinity of No 7 SHM all to the East

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW is HW Leith + 5min and 0.5m on HW Leith   (links)

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General Description

Burntisland was once a busy port but its use has dropped of 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.)
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.

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.


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.

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

You can either arrange to pick up a vacant buoy or go into the pontoon – they are charging £20 a night for visiting boats


There is water on the pontoon (long hose supplied)  Showers and toilets in the Club House

Eating, Drinking & Entertainment

Burntisland used to be a holiday resort so it is well supplied with hostelries and restaurants.

Restaurants & Places to Eat in Burntisland 2021 - Tripadvisor

Your Ratings & Comments

Deep water and friendly sailing club
Written by Mark Harbour Master Sailing Challenge | 22nd Jun 2021
Spent 2 nights here having booked on the club website - all very efficient. 1 x visitor pontoon berth inside the large dock. The lock gates are normally kept open 24/7 however if a large ship is berthed inside the lock, they Forth Ports (not the sailing club) will close the gate apart from about 1 hour each side of HW.
No electrics but water hose which reaches the visitor berth. Loos and (apart from Covid times) showers.
15 min walk to shops. Not a great view but a very safe and deep harbour - one of very few in the Firth of Forth.
Mark Harbour Master Sailing Challenge.
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Initial Upload 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 28th Jun 2019
This harbour was added in June 2019
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