Aberdeen Harbour
Aberdeen Harbour
Nautical Information
Location57° 09’ N 002° 04’ WAnchorage Position57° 10’ N 002° 02’ W
No. of Berths2Distance to Landing Stage2.5 NM
Berth detailsClipper Quay, Max LOA 160 m
Depth 9.0 m
Regent Quay, Max LOA 120 m
Depth 9.0 m
Tidal range/movementSprings 3.7m, Neaps 1.8m
AirdraughtNo restrictionsTown centre1 km
Width of Ship30mShuttle to townNo
AnchorageYesNearest airportAberdeen (Dyce) Airport


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.


John McGuigan, Operations Manager

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

Image credit: Kenny Lam


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

Popular excursions

The following is a list of popular excursions that are available.

It should be noted that these details are not definitive but are intended to demonstrate the range of excursions and activities available to cruise passengers visiting Aberdeen as part of a cruise. Please note that, in many cases and with prior arrangement, half day tours can be combined to create full day itineraries

Shore excursions are normally pre-booked onboard via the cruise line concerned. Cruise Scotland cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of this information and all details and tour descriptions should be checked with the cruise line concerned.

Half day

Castle Trail

Aberdeen is on the very fringe of the so called ‘Castle Country’ or as the locals call it, Aberdeenshire! The area is home to an incredible 300 castles, many within a short distance from the city centre. Must see castles include the impressive cliff-edge ruin of Dunnottar Castle, which is now a hotspot for Hollywood films, and Castle Fraser, home of the Fraser family for over 400 years. If you’re looking for something royal then visit the Royal Family’s summer residence, Balmoral Castle, perched on the stunning Royal Deeside. For fairytale-esc castles look no further then Cragievarr Castle – it inspired Walt Disney himself!

Click here to go to Visit Aberdeen's website, which features more information.

Half day

Whisky Trail

Whether it’s the toasted barley from the fertile farmlands, the ice-clear mountain water from burns and streams, the smoky peat from heath and moors, or simply the sparkling fresh air – the whisky distilleries are busy bottling the essence of this beautiful place. Head north for the world famous Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Macallan, Balvenie and Cardhu distilleries, amongst others. Off the tourist track you’ll find “The Secret Malts of Aberdeenshire”, such as Ardmore, Fettercairn, GlenDronach or Knockdhu distilleries, out on the coast for Glenglassaugh (its fans say you can taste the sea), or into the Cairngorms for Royal Lochnagar. This is one of the world’s greatest authentic whisky locations, both in choice and setting. Nearby Moray is also home to some of the most famous whisky brands and distilleries in the world, including Glenfiddich, McCallan, Glenlivet and Chivas Regal.

Click here to visit the Moray Speyside website for more information.

Full day


In the birthplace of golf, some areas of Scotland are still begging to be discovered. Great dunes stretch along Aberdeenshire’s coast – some of them said to tower 100 feet high. In this extraordinary sandscape are some of the world’s most challenging links courses. Here the skies are vast, the light clear, the air fresh. The panoramic views and elemental power can take a golfer’s breath away. Inland are dozens of parkland courses –among forests and glens, in castle grounds and alongside fast-flowing rivers. This is stirring stuff. Enjoy Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, founded in 1780, which held the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2014 and the renowned Trump International Golf Links has impressive coastal views. If you’re looking parkland golf courses, not a problem, there’s plenty to choose from.

Click here to go to the Visit Aberdeen website for more information on Aberdeen golf courses.

Full day

Museums & Galleries

Whether you have an interest in how Aberdeen has grown as a city, its relationship with the oil and gas industry, it’s gruesome past or you just want to explore the range of culture Aberdeen has to offer, there is something for everyone. Not to be missed is, The Gordon Highlanders Museum, a legacy to the famous Gordon Highlanders. If you’re visiting with children, the Zoology Museum is one to keep them busy for hours, it even has the skeleton of a great whale.

Click here to access the Visit Aberdeen page for more information.

Full day

Festivals & Events

Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire are quickly becoming hotspots for festivals and events. From science and art to dance and boats, the area has it all. The city also regularly welcomes famous bands, comedians and theatrical shows from across the globe. It is also home to some of the best, most authentic highland gatherings in the world.

Click here to find out whats on.

Full day

Old Aberdeen

Aberdeen has a history dating back almost 8,000 years and has always been the tale of two cities; Old Aberdeen and New Aberdeen. Old Aberdeen, once the home of monks, scholars, traders & travellers, is now the campus of the University of Aberdeen. It’s here you will find historic University buildings lining the cobbled, characteristic streets, a cathedral, a park, museums and the contemporary Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Click here to access the Visit Aberdeen website for more information.

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