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TAYPORT HARBOUR

Latitude: 56º 26'N; Longitude: 02º 52'W


Introduction

Tayport Harbour is located on the east coast of Scotland, Fife at the mouth of the river Tay. On the south side of the River Tay opposite Broughty Ferry Castle, the harbour is a listed building and is owned and operated by Tayport Harbour Trust, a small Scottish charity.

The harbour is primarily a working harbour for the motor boats and yachts which are kept there but it is also part of the wider community. The harbour walls are used by fisherman; walkers enjoy the views; it is a fine place to watch the waders and other birds - plus occasionally the dolphins -  and a place where river users can come ashore.

The harbour provides berths for nearly 100 sailing and motor boats on behalf of the members of the Trust and harbour visitors. (The Harbour does not have a resident harbour master).  The Trust is run by volunteers and its primary objective is the maintenance and development of the fabric and facilities of the harbour and encouraging its use as a leisure harbour. The harbour is also the base for the Tay Corinthians Boating Club. Improvements have been carried out in recent years by the Harbour Trust, including new pontoons and a toilet and shower block. Other environmental improvements have been carried out by Fife Council and include a cycleway and better car parking.

Tayport is a historic harbour town with excellent views across to Broughty Ferry and down river to Tentsmuir Forest. The town has a range of facilities including shops, healthcare, a caravan park and a golf course. There are good bus links to both Dundee and St Andrews and, via Leuchars, rail links to Edinburgh and beyond. 

Navigation

The harbour entrance is marked by a fairway buoy at the edge of deep water approximately 100 m from the harbour wall. Leading marks are given by two dayglo yellow triangles - one on the slipway wall and one set back on a pole, on a bearing of 185 degrees true. The entrance walls are painted white on either side to make then easier to see.  The East wall, the roundhead, is marked with a red and white striped pole which is lit by a red flashing light at night  Fl R 5s (fl 1.0s, ec 4.0s). The West and inner wall is marked with a green and white pole which is lit by a green flashing light at night Fl G 5s (fl 1.0s, ec 4.0s).

The harbour is accessible approx. 4hrs either side of high water, the harbour starts to dry at about 0.5m below chart datum (in 2016) into soft mud which all keels settle into with no problems.

Contact for visitors berths is:-   phil.tayportharbour@gmail.com and more detail can be found on the "Information for visitors" page.

 

 

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