Rosehearty Harbour

Rosehearty HarbourAverage High Tide Variation:
1 hour before Aberdeen

Latitude 57º 42'N
Longitude 02º 07'W

Admiralty Chart
No. 213

Mrs Dee Collins Neil
Aberdeenshire Council
Infrastructure Service
Cape House
AB45 1ED
Tel: 01346 571796

General information

Rosehearty has two harbours, the old harbour formed of two stone piers and 2 acres in extent.

Port Rae Harbour, now disused, lies to the east and has an area of 10 acres. During the herring season forty years ago it was scarcely large enough for all the drifters which landed their fish here for the twelve curers of Rosehearty.

One of the oldest seaports in Scotland, Rosehearty at one time had a fishing fleet which supported 600 people.

Extending to 3400 square metres, this is a one-basin harbour which offers 120 metres of quayside inside the harbour with a further 120 metres on the outer breakwater, but this is exposed to winds from between East and North-east.

Around 20 boats, most involved in part-time fishing, use the harbour regularly.

Rosehearty - Population 1250

Rosehearty is believed to have been founded by a party of Danes who were ship-wrecked there in the early fourteenth century.

In common with most of the towns and villages along this coast it went through a fishing boom in the nineteenth century but it is now a purely recreational harbour. Rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and historic monuments make it an attractive walking area.

Harbour depths

The harbour virtually dries out at low tide, restricting accessibility, but the breakwater, though exposed, can be used at all states of the tide.

Vessels entering the harbour should keep the black and white leading poles in line until 30 metres from the point of the West Pier then, keeping the poles to port, enter midway between the West Pier and the line of the leading poles.

The harbour should not be approached in onshore winds.

The adjacent Port Rae should not be entered without local knowledge because of unmarked rocks.

The slipway may be used for launching or recovery apart from 1 to 2 hours either side of low water depending on tidal flow. Slipway users should use the car park for trailers and car parking.

No parking is allowed on the grass.


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