Old Fishing Port In North East Scotland

Looking for an old fishing port in north east Scotland to visit? Look no further than this guide!

It’s not tough to find fishing villages and ports in the north east of Scotland given its vast coastline. Let’s get straight to it!

Old Fishing Port In North East Scotland

Old Fishing Ports In Moray

Moray is the first county we’ll look at. It’s home to several towns and villages.


Rosehearty sits west of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. It’s one of the oldest villages (thought to date back to the 13th or 14th century) and had around 90 fishing boats by the 19th century.

There’s 2 harbours in the village and the smaller of the 2 is the oldest. The more recent harbour is still used today for fishing.


Set below some beautiful cliffs is where you’ll find the small fishing village of Crovie. It sits on the Moray Firth and is around 15 miles west of Fraserburgh.

A narrow footpath sits in front of the row of houses that look out to sea.

If you visit Crovie, you should park your car in the car park above the village. This is due to the limited parking available to residents within the village.

Due to the close proximity of the houses to the sea, many feature wooden shutters for added protection during stormy weather.

Old Fishing Port Crovie

Old Fishing Ports In Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire is the largest of the counties in the North East of Scotland.


Portsoy was build around the 15th century making it one of the oldest harbours on the Moray coast.

To prevent them being washed away by the sea, large stones were set vertically when being constructed. Today the old harbour is still standing so it looks like the plan worked!

The old harbour also features a small sandy beach and is protected by two breakwaters.

A small headland sits to the west of the harbour. You’ll also see what remains of an old building too.

In 1825, a new harbour was built in order to meet the demands of the herring boom. In 1839, a storm caused significant damage which meant it had to be rebuilt.


Stonehaven hasn’t had the best luck during storms. It was initially built before 1607 and was completely destroyed.

After it was repaired, another storm destroyed it again! More effort was put into the repairs in 1678 but to no avail as the force of the North Sea managed to break it up once more.

In 1825, Robert Stevenson drew new plans for the construction of the harbour and this was successful. Stonehaven Town Council received the harbour in 1962.

In Aberdeenshire, this is the largest recreational harbour and there’s still a few fishing boats that use it.

Old Fishing Ports In Angus

Now we’re in Angus which sits below Aberdeenshire and it’s min industries are agriculture and fishing.


Montrose is full of history and has been involved in seaborne trade since around the 12th century (royal burgh of Montrose creation date).

To this day it is still a thriving port within Scotland.

From the late 1700’s to the mid 1800’s, boats set out from the port to take part in whaling.

Old Fishing Port Montrose


Sitting atop a cliff is the small fishing village of Auchmithie. It’s said that the Arbroath smokie originated here – haddock that is hot smoked in a certain way.

The way this tasty fish came to be is quite interesting. According to local legend, a store had caught fire and destroyed barrels of haddock that had been preserved in salt. Once the fire had died down, the barrels were inspected and cooked haddock was found inside. Turns out it was delicious!

Construction of the harbour started in 1889 but it is now in a state of ruin. However, a few small fishing boats still frequent it.

Old Fishing Ports In Fife

Fife is a stretch of land nestled between Dundee and Edinburgh.


Unless you’re a resident, you won’t be able to drive through Crail – it’s closed to car traffic. But you can still visit – simply park up on the top of the hill and walk down into the village.

It’s littered with tiny colourful houses which are a pleasure to look at. The whole area is destined to become a piece of artwork in the form of a painting.

It’s a historic fishing village with cobbled streets and a tiny harbour. The Crail Food Festival is held in the summer months.

St Monans

Historic houses line the harbour in the small fishing village of St Monans.

A single church sits on the coastline. It was built back in the 14th century and later restored, now serving as the local parish church.

This village is popular with walkers as it sits directly on the Fife Coastal Path. Just to the west of the village you’ll find the Newark Castle ruins.

Go And Discover The Fishing Ports Of Scotland!

There’s plenty more fishing ports to discover in the North East of Scotland and we’ll be sure to write more about them in the future.

If you’ve ever been to any and want to share any hidden gems, be sure to drop a comment below!