Supporting nationally important infrastructure
Construction of Aberdeen Harbour Board’s £350 million development of additional facilities in Nigg Bay is now well progressed.
Scotland has some of the best sailing waters in Europe and demand for mooring space is high. Whilst navigation in coastal waters is a public right, the laying of a permanent mooring, or other equipment to hold a vessel, requires consent from the relevant landowner. For seabed, this consent will nearly always come from Crown Estate Scotland.
Crown Estate Scotland operates a licensing system to provide security of tenure for boat owners, whilst protecting the interests of other marine users.
We issue three types of mooring licence.
Mooring owners will also need to obtain statutory navigation consent from the Scottish Government, a Harbour Authority or the Clyde Moorings Committee to ensure that your mooring will not constitute a hazard to navigation. The process will vary depending on the location of your mooring and we can advise you on this.
Loch Creran is a Special Area of Conservation. Argyll & Bute Council has specific guidelines for anyone wishing to install a mooring. These can be found at www.argyllmarinesac.org
Please note that we work closely with bodies representing the sailing and boating community to prevent unregulated moorings remaining. We can take legal action to have them removed to protect the safety and interests of other marine users.
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