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The harbour itself is small and tucked down on the shore at the bottom of the cliffs that surround the old Castle and the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. There is an outer harbour (all berths taken by the inshore fishing boats) which is enclosed by the long main pier aligned ESE/WSW and a shorter pier to its south. Then there is an inner harbour which is accessed through a swing bridge and lock gates. The lock gates are not there to maintain a floating harbour inside but are closed once a month on HW springs to trap the water behind them which is then released at LW to scour the outer harbour and harbour entrance. The swing bridge can be opened by the HM or, in his absence, by the staff at the café beside the bridge.
There are no large scale charts of the harbour but, if you visit our images gallery and the Google link (top right) you can see the basic layout.
The harbour website is at http://www.standrewsharbourtrust.org/index.html and they also have a FB page which has hundred of pictures on it.
No matter from what direction you approach St Andrews the first thing you see will be the ruins of the old cathedral....... and St Reg’s (aka St Rules or St Regulus) tower; there are further spires to the West of the harbour entrance, not be confused with those ruins.
From the East you are blessed with the white buildings behind the harbour as an aiming spot from far out but from the North you need to aim about half a mile to the East of the square St Reg’s tower in order to stand clear of the inshore reefs. These reefs are extensive and lie parallel to the north pier wall from abeam the R&A Golf Club to about a cable to the SE of the harbour entrance, stretching out to a couple of cables off-shore in places; indeed, the main pier wall has been constructed on top of one of these reefs as can be seen in the photograph in our gallery of the entrance to the harbour. Take a good look at that photograph and note that the deepest channel is close to the wall, but not too close, or you will catch on the reef on which the wall is built.
There is a sector light which shines 24/7 and is bright enough to be seen in daylight; it is in the window halfway up the cliff from the harbour and shown in a photo in our gallery. You should be especially aware of a rock (known locally as the Bishop’s Neb) about half a cable off the end of the pier and which is awash at half tide.
It sounds daunting; narrow tidal entrance, surrounded by rocks but, in fact, if you plan your entrance after about half tide and come in on the sector light bearing of roughly 280°M you’ll not have any trouble - just don’t try to cut the corners!!
Once abeam the end of the pier inbound hold about 2.5 metres clear of the pier wall and aim for the left hand edge of the slip opposite, at the root of the pier wall.
The aforementioned slip is where you tie up.In the Inner Harbour there have been massive improvements. They have installed pontoons and fingers along the West wall and have fingers fo sixteen boats to dry out on the mud. They intend to put a further pontoon in behind the cafe and that will have access to power and water. We have added a photo from the harbour FB page
They were charging £17.50 per boat, per night irrespective of length in 2018
This is where you really need to contact both the HM and the local sailing club before arrival and, from experience; a text to the HM will probably elicit a reply. If the local sailing club knows of your imminent arrival they can offer access to the clubhouse and its toilet/showers and may even offer you a berth on a buoy inside the inner harbour.
If you do not arrange this with the sailing club your only access to toilets is the public toilets beside the old gate opposite the inner harbour and they are truly awful being devoid of an automatic flush on the pissoires. (These toilets are under the control of the local Council and the Harbour Trust has no way of improving them.) (2018 - it sounds as though very little has been done to improve this.) Other than that there are showers and toilets at the far end of the east beach in the Recreation Centre.
They plan to make power and water available on the pontoons but there is still a power point behind Pat's Cafe
Petrol, diesel, Gas and Gaz is available at Morrisons and the garden centre near it. Alternatively there is a petrol station at the far end of South Street just outside the South Gate, but it does not stock Gas/Gaz.
For supplies there is a Tesco Metro on the south side of Market Street about halfway down. Further away there is a large Morrisons store (see our Google link)
You will be spoilt for choice for places to eat and drink - everything is available from fish and chip shops and other fast food outlets to gourmet eating at places like Rufflets or the Grange outside town. A comprehensive guide to drinking here can be found at:
You can also find a list of restaurants here:
For other things to do there is the Recreation Centre at the end of the East Beach, The ruins of the Cathedral which does guided tours, a cinema (yes it’s still there after all these years) , a wander around the old University buildings (unfortunately St Mary’s College appears to be closed during the long vac) - you can even have a coffee in the café where, supposedly, Kate met Prince William!!
Naturally, if you have your clubs with you will want to have a go on the Old Course and for this and other information use the link below (but before you open that link, be warned, the green fees for the Old Course at the height of the summer are in three figures.)