River Nith Harbour Authority
Dumfries and Galloway Council has been instrumental in the Nith Navigation Steering Group's proposals for The River Nith Harbour Authority (Harbour Empowerment) Order 2012 [356kb]. The purpose of this order is to allow the creation of a Trust that will take the lead in improving navigation and quay facilities at Glencaple, Kingholm Quay and Carsethorn. Once approved by the Scottish Government the first meeting of the new Trust is likely to take place in September 2011.
Kirkcudbright Harbour is the busiest commercial fishing harbour in Dumfries and Galloway with much of the landed catch being processed locally, and is regularly used by around 12 local fishing vessels.
Harbour Master: Peter Roberts (Mob: 07709 479 663)
General Enquiries: 01556 502327
Latitude / Longitude: 54º 50' 18" N / 04º 03' 24" W
Berthing/Moorings: 163m / 66
The new marina downstream from the quay has proved popular and is attracting large numbers of visiting pleasure craft.
You can download a map showing the harbour limits for Kirkcudbright Harbour [4Mb].
Garlieston Harbour is the base for a few small fishing vessels. Several pleasure craft also moor in the harbour area.
Harbour Master: David Whitehead (Mob: 07734 073 422)
General Enquiries: 01776 706266
Latitude/Longitude: 54º 47' 21" N / 04º 21' 45" W
Berthing/Moorings: 200m / 29
Occasionally small coasters visit the harbour. Also, either of the paddle steamers Waverley or Balmoral visits Garlieston annually to provide excursions to The Isle of Man.
You can download a map showing the harbour limits for Garlieston Harbour [390kb].
Isle of Whithorn Harbour is second only to Kirkcudbright in terms of commercial fishing importance.
Harbour Master: Shaun McGuire (Mob: 07734 073 420)
General Enquiries: 01776 706266
Latitude/Longitude: 54º 41' 54" / 04º 21' 48" W
Berthing/Moorings: 220m / 85
There are also approx. 35 pleasure craft moored in the harbour. Wigtown Bay Sailing Club is based in the harbour.
You can download a map showing the harbour limits for Isle of Whithorn Harbour [372kb].
Port William Harbour is used by a few small local fishing boats.
Harbour Master: Jimmy Brawls (Mob: 07734 073 419)
General Enquiries: 01776 706 266
Latitude/Longitude: 54º 16' 18" N / 04º 34' 18" W
Berthing/Moorings: 180m / 7
There are approx. 25 pleasure craft which moor in the harbour.
You can download a map showing the harbour limits for Port William Harbour [190kb].
Only the West Pier and quay in Stranraer Harbour are owned and operated by Dumfries and Galloway Council. The East Pier and Ross Pier are both privately owned. There are 4 small fishing vessels operating from the West Pier and about 13 pleasure craft berthed on the quay walls or moored in the basin.
Harbour Master: Lesley Smith Mob: 07734 073 421
Harbour Master: Peter McDevitt Mob: 07827 277 247
General enquiries: 01776 707500
Latitude/Longitude: 54º 15' 00" N / 05º 02' 00" W
Berthing/Moorings: 140m / 6
Stranraer Harbour is the ideal location for all sailors - whether sailing up the Clyde or across to Ireland, this is the place to stop over.
We are situated at a sailing cross-roads, with access to the Clyde, the Solway, Isle of Man and the North Channel, and beyond to the Irish Sea and the West Coast of Scotland. There are frequent ferry links to Ireland - these ferry links allow extended cruising potential.
The harbour offers sheltered waters for day sailing.
Marina Berths are 53 Annual Berths and 9 Berths for visitors
Harbour Moorings also available