An ancient fishing port transformed into a popular leisure vessel facility and holiday destination. Nairn harbour provides a limited number of visitor berths to mariners who are keen to explore the Highlands and enjoy the hospitality the town of Nairn has to offer.
Nairn’s beaches are unrivalled and were voted the best beaches in Scotland 2013 by TripAdvisor.
All waters below the level of MHWS commencing at the A96 trunk road bridge over the River Nairn at Bridge Street and following the West bank of the River Nairn at the level of MHWS via the harbour mouth to:
Latitude 57° 35.39’ N, Longitude 03° 52.236’ W; thence in a N’ly direction for a distance of 905 metres to:
Latitude 57° 35.877’ N, Longitude 03° 52.299’ W; thence in an E’ly direction for a distance of 1420 metres to:
Latitude 57° 35.396’ N, Longitude 03 50.874’W; thence in a S’ly direction for a distance of 470m to:
Latitude 57° 35.681’ N, Longitude 03 50.846’W; on the level of MHWS, and following the East bank of the River Nairn on the level of MHWS to the A96 trunk road bridge over the River Nairn at Bridge Street.
Showers (Nairn Sailing Club). Key available from the Harbour Master.
Draft alongside berths
Minimum draft alongside pontoons No’s 2 and 3 is 1.0 metre. Less water is available on the south side of pontoon No 1. Alongside the central pier, minimum water depth is 1.3 metres.
Maximum vessel size
Maximum vessel size is governed by available water depth and ability to manoeuvre within the confines of the dock. The maximum recommended vessel length for visitors is 12m and draught 1.8m.
Types of vessel
Although no designated anchorages exist locally and no shelter is available from onshore winds, good holding can be found on grounds off the harbour entrance whilst waiting for the tide.
There are no wrecks within or near the harbour authority area.
Pilot services and advice
No pilotage services are available, although it is recommended local advice is sought from the Harbour Master.
The entrance to the harbour lies at the mouth of the River Nairn, between the two piers that extend seaward each side of the river mouth. The entrance should only be approached from the N.N.W. direction within the white portion of the sector light located on the East pier head.
The harbour entrance is very tidal and not navigatable at low water. Entry should not be attempted at night unless familiar with the harbour.
At extremely low water, a sand and gravel bar is exposed approximately 200 metres N.N.W. from the pier head. Caution should be exercised when crossing the bar, especially on the ebb tide in a swell.
The safest times for entry are at 1.5 hours either side of HW. However, it is recommended visiting vessels plan their passage to arrive on the rising tide to reduce the risk of stranding in the river on the falling tide.
Radio communication: VHF radio channel 9/16
115 Moray Firth
223 Dunrobin Point to Buckie
1462 harbours on the North and East Coast of Scotland
Robbie Barron, Harbour Master
Phone: 01667 456008
Mobile: 07851 635088
For all other enquiries please contact harbours HQ by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Usher, Harbours Manager
Telephone: 01571 844807 07785 341188
Duncan Brown, Marine Superintendent
Telephone: 01571 844806 or 07768030305
Doctor – Telephone 01667 452096
MRCC Coastguard – Telephone 01224 592334
Taxi – Telephone 01667 459595 (24 hour)
Nairn Sailing Club: NairnSailingClub.co.uk
John Maher, Commodore – Telephone 07767 883469
Bar open to visitors from 8pm throughout the summer.
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