Our Area

Moray Firth Partnership Area

From the northern seabird filled cliffs and stacks of Duncansby Head to the busy fishing port of Fraserburgh at its eastern limits, the 800km of Moray Firth coastline embraces a rich marine life that stretches from ocean depths to the shallows of muddy, sandy and rocky shore, where geese, ducks and waders thrive. Find out more in our ‘Nature pages

Around the waters of the Moray Firth are the many communities where lives remain closely connected to the sea through fishing, tourism and recreation. Many of the settlements have a rich cultural heritage, with a history that is linked to the changing fortunes of fishing and overseas trade. On shore, the fertile lowland farms are world famous for their malting barley, and seed potatoes.

The harbours page gives details of the 32 ports and harbours around the Firth. They are the focus for much of the area’s industry and commercial activity, and operate to support oil production, renewable energy, commercial shipping, cruise liners and recreational boats.

Recreation on both sea and land makes an important contribution to the area, with dolphin watching alone worth £4 million to the Moray Firth economy.

The importance of the Firth for cetaceans, birds and marine habitats is recognised in national and international designations for protecting nature, such as the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation, for which the Moray Firth Partnership provides administrative support.