Garlieston Harbour

The harbour lies on the east coast of the Machars peninsula and is supervised by a part time Harbour Master, there is no active management of vessel movements.

Mariner Notices

On occasion we will publish notices to let mariners know of any information, safety issues or weather conditions that may have an effect on the use of and access to the harbour.

We advise mariners to check for any active mariner notices in advance to using the harbour.

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Garlieston Harbour is the base for a few small fishing vessels with several pleasure craft also mooring in the harbour area. Occasionally small coasters visit the harbour and the historic vessels Waverley and Balmoral have previously operated excursions to the Isle of Man. The Harbour is on the west side of Garlieston quays and is protected from southerly sea winds.

Nautical Information

Latitude / Longitude: 54º 47' 21" N / 04º 21' 45" W
Admiralty Charts: 1411, 1121, 1826 & 2094
Imray: C62
Berthing/Moorings: 200M/29

Tidal range and depth

Springs: 3.8 - 6.1 metres
Neaps: 1.8 - 3.3 metres

All berths dry out at low water but flows can be significant across the entrance depending on the tide in the Solway Firth.


Standard facilities are provided at the harbour and include Bollards, wooden fenders, access Ladders, water and electricity points.  The harbour is located next to the town of Garlieston which has shops, a café in summer and a public house. Fuel is available from a nearby garage.

Harbour Empowerment Order

Dumfries and Galloway Council hold an Empowerment Order for Garlieston Harbour. This order allows us to legally improve, maintain and manage the harbour.


Harbour Master - Weekdays 08:30-16:00 Call: 07341 999686

General Enquiries, weekdays 16:00-08:30 and weekends Call: 030 33 33 3000


Garlieston Harbour, Garlieston, Dumfries and Galloway (view on google maps)

Page last updated: 03/04/2024
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