Pictured: Aerial view of Aberdeen Harbour
Pictured: Aerial view of Aberdeen Harbour


Aberdeen Download Port Details (pdf)
Location: 57°08'73"N 002°03'50W
No. of Berths: 2
Berth details:Total quay availability 6km; max length 165m; max draft 8.5m
Width of Ship: 30m
Anchorage: Yes
Anchorage Position: 57° 10’ N 002° 02’ W
Distance to Landing Stage: 2.5 NM
Tidal range/movement: Springs = 3.7m, Neaps = 1.8m
Pilotage: Compulsory
Town centre: 1km
Shuttle to town: No
Nearest airport: Aberdeen, 10km



John McGuigan, Operations Manager

T: +44 (0)1224 597004 F: +44 (0)1224 571507
W: www.aberdeen-harbour.co.uk/cruise/

Aberdeen Harbour

Arguably the best city destination in Europe for dolphin-watching, arrival at Aberdeen Harbour can be a wildlife spotter’s delight. Porpoises, seals, ducks and swans playing in the harbour can also be part of the welcome committee for cruise ship visitors.

With a recorded history dating back to 1136AD Aberdeen Harbour is Britain’s Oldest Registered Business and has evolved through both trade and investment into a world-class port.

As a port-of-call for cruise ships and a major roll-on/roll-off ferry terminal, it handles around 140,000 passengers a year. It is also gateway to one of the last untapped, must-see cruise destinations in the U.K. and with its expanded facilities due to transform the size of cruise vessel able to enter the port in just a few years’ time, this treat will be available to so many more visitors.

Port Control

The Port also has a secure landing stage for cruise vessel tenders wishing to land or collect passengers for larger vessels anchored out in the bay.

Aberdeen Harbour is an ISPS approved facility with a range of support service companies for the Cruise Operators.


Aberdeen Harbour operates a compulsory pilotage service for vessels over 60 metres in length. One hour’s notice is required for pilotage. 

New quay facilities (completion 2020)

  • Location: 57 13.31N 002 05.39W
  • Max Draft: 10.5 meters
  • Max Vessel Length: 300 meters
  • Max Beam: 45 meters
  • Tidal Range: spring range 3.7m, neap range 1.8 m
  • Total Quay Availability: 1,400 meters

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