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56 57.7 N 002 11.00 W


AC 0210 Newburgh to Montrose AC 1438-4 Harbours on the East Coast of Scotland C23 Fife Ness to the Moray Firth (includes Harbour Plan for Stonehaven) SC5617 3 Gourdon to Stonehaven

Rules & Regulations

Harbour speed limit 3kts. Flashing green light on inner harbour wall pierhead indicates that inner harbour barrier is in place


Rocks extending eastwards from inner harbour wall pierhead to Downie Point. There are also rocks extend outwards for 2 to 3 cables from all the cliffs in the vicinity. Appproach in on-shore winds is hazardous and the outer harbour is untenable in such conditions.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW is HW Dover + 0235 or HW Aberdeen +0010 MHWS 4.1m MHWN 3.2m MLWN 1.5m MLWS 0.6m   (links)

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General Description

Harbour Master  01569 762741 or mob 07741050210  VHF #11 (Not always manned)
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From both the North and the South Stonehaven is difficult to identify.... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The fishing fleet tends to land its catch in the outer harbour and moor there overnight.... ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Good time in Stonehaven
Written by Jan Jaap | 18th Jul 2023
We had a very nice stay in Stonehaven, moored on the inside of the breakwater. Very safe and comfortable. Jim the harbourmaster is very helpfull. The charge is now 25 pounds.
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 18th Jul 2022
No changes necessary apart from small increase in tariff
Update Early Summer 2021
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 3rd Jun 2021
I reviewed these notes in June 2021. They have not changed anything here and the HM is as helpful as ever. Prices are still frozen at £20 a boat. I can personally recommend this harbour having stopped there on numerous occasions.
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Written by Don Thomson | 16th Apr 2018
This harbour is becoming a very popular spot for over-nighting en route or even waiting for the weather to improve. The HM is sensitive to the surge issues and will bend over backwards to get you inside if there is any hint of a blow.
Written by Sirona | 7th Sep 2016
In addition to the small co-op on the market square that you mentioned, there is also the very good value Farm-Foods (visible from the small co-op) and a larger co-op, located just off the boardwalk - take the turning just before the 2nd river if you are walking from the harbour.
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Eating and Drinking
Written by Wordmangler | 5th Sep 2016
Tandoori Haven in the main street (Allardice Street) serves spectacularly good Bangladeshi food. The Marine Hotel, on the front overlooking the harbour, is friendly and has a huge range of draught ales, as well as their own "6 degrees" range of keg beers.
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Visitors' berths in Stonehaven
Written by Wordmangler | 5th Sep 2016
The fishing boats now use only the 'corner' berths in the outer harbour - ie the most easterly one on the north wall, and the most northerly one on the west wall of the outer breakwater. This leaves two berths on the west wall of the outer breakwater as designated visitors' berths. The more southerly of these, by the steps near the end of the breakwater, is more subject to swell. In practice the fishing boats don't use the inner berths very often and you may well be able to use them - ask the (very helpful) HM.
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 6th Apr 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2016. Sadly the promise of a marina has died a death but the good news is that the harbour dues remain the same.
Excellent for a stop while awaiting a tide.
Written by Barbados Billy | 25th Jun 2014
The approach and entrance fine and without any surprises. I tied up on the sea end of the outer wall and had a few hours rest. There was a bit of a surge going on and the boat had long lines and all the fenders out and a plank. Harbour master chose not to charge for a few hours which was nice but if you were to stay I would try to move into the inner bit and take the ground if it was at all bumpy outside. I didn't try the town but there was a lot going on in the harbour for kids, brilliant.
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