Ports and Shipping

The Firth has around 25 historic ports and harbours scattered the length of the coastline. It is the northern outlet of the Caledonian Canal system. The majority of these are fishing ports but some, especially in the inner Firths, have been very important for trade and military purposes. The Cromarty Firth is one of the deepest water harbours in the UK, and has provided an important role for the miltary, trade, the oil industry and tourism, and regularly welcomes the very largest cruise liners. Whilst many have struggled in recent times with the decline of the fishing industry, some have maintained a diverse and important role in respect of trade, oil and tourism.

Inverness now has a new marina with 150 berths, and other harbours are installing pontoons, new berths and improving onshore facilities to service the increasing demand for recreational sailing and other leisure activities.  This is helping to increase the number of local and visiting craft that can be accommodated and to increase local revenue from tourism   Well over £2m capital investment  was made in ports and harbours round the Moray Firth between 2007 and 2010 alone, and the hope is that this ongoing investment will stimulate further demand as the Moray Firth area becomes better suited and more widely enjoyed for cruising.

Moray Firth Harbours Directory
The Moray Firth Harbours Directory provides basic information in one location about all the publicly accessible ports and harbours around the Moray Firth from John O’Groats to Fraserburgh, including those owned, maintained and operated by Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highland Councils, private and Trust Ports and other organisations.

Portsoy Harbour

Click on the  Directory link above to see all information, or click on the image for  web links to some of the main ports and harbours round the firth.