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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 has a 150 berth marina, 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.  Read more....

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.