Stonehaven Harbour

Stonehaven HarbourAverage High Tide Variation:
10 minutes after Aberdeen

Latitude 56º 58'N
Longitude 02º 12'W

Admiralty Chart
No. 1438

Mr James Brown
Harbour Office
Old Pier
AB39 2JU
Tel: 01569 762741

General Information

Stonehaven Harbour was first built prior to 1607 but was destroyed by storms.

It was repaired and again destroyed by storms. In 1678 it was built more robustly but this too broke up under the force of the North Sea.

A new plan was drawn up in 1825 by Robert Stevenson and the Harbour works were constructed successfully. The Harbour was handed over to Stonehaven Town Council in 1962.

This is the largest of the recreational harbours in Aberdeenshire and has three basins extending to 18,200 square metres and 550 metres of berthing space on the quays. There are also additional mooring chains in the inner harbour.

There are almost 140 regular moorings fully occupied and a waiting list for vacancies.

There is no longer a Fish Market at Stonehaven and it is now more of a recreational harbour but it is still used by several fishing boats in the 50-foot class.

Services available include water and power points on the quays, a concrete slipway and a 1.5 tonne crane on the fish jetty. Under certain storm conditions only the inner basin is suitable for berthing and priority is given to local fishing boats.

There are over 50 berths in the inner basin and it can be protected by a heavy steel boom.

StonehavenStonehaven - Population 10,460

Former country town of Kincardineshire, Stonehaven is widely recognised as one of Scotland's foremost holiday resorts and boasts a modern leisure centre and heated outdoor swimming pool.
Though no longer a substantial fishing port, it retains much of historic interest with the ancient Tollbooth close by the harbour and the majestic fourteenth century fortress of Dunottar on the cliff tops to the south of the town.

top of pageHarbour Depths

Both inner and outer basins dry out at low water but the cofferdam basin, an open area protected by the breakwater, has a depth of three to four feet (1 metre) at MLWS.

Harbour Contact on Marine Band Channel 11.

top of pageFacilities

  • excellent award winning open-air heated swimming pool
  • indoor swimming pool
  • all weather tennis courts
  • picturesque costal walks
  • cycle routes
  • indoor and outdoor bowling
  • links golf course
  • river and sea angling
  • board sailing
  • yacht club
  • putting
  • draughts
  • quoits
  • caravan site
  • beach
  • library
  • museum
  • gallery
  • Post Office
  • banks
  • garages
  • hotels
  • cafe
  • shops

The Schedule of Rates and Dues for Aberdeenshire Harbours and details of the Rover Ticket can be found on the Charges page.

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