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Ramp and pontoon walkway to vessels

provides safer and easier access than vertical ladders.

Finger pontoon berthing

provides for easier boarding and avoids need for rafting of vessels with associated difficulty in leaving/entering inner berths.

Efficient use of space

retains capacity for leisure craft and storm berthing for commercial vessels.

Enhanced opportunity

for the development of leisure based business, e.g. sport fishing, training, wildlife watching...



  • St Andrews Harbour is a working harbour that is home to a fishing fleet of around a dozen vessels, landing predominantly high quality shellfish caught around the shores of St Andrews Bay and which are sold locally and nationally with some going on to be distributed internationally. A collection of various types of pleasure craft are also berthed in the harbour, along with one or two other commercial vessels offering, for example, fast boat trips and marine-life observation excursions.

    The level of business currently associated with these activities based in the harbour greatly under-represents its believed potential. At this time St Andrews Harbour fails to capitalise upon the wealth of the tourism industry associated with the rest of the town, yet only a few steps from its heart. Visitor attractions in the harbour are curtailed by accessibility from quayside to vessel, improvements to which are then expected to drive new opportunity in the provision of water-borne activities and in-turn greater visitor numbers and revenue generation opportunity for those working within and around the harbour, including fishermen. Evidence to support such expectation is found in harbours where access has been improved through the installation of pontoon systems up and down the country. Locally, it is known there remains high demand for access to serviced pontoons, with significant waiting lists at Tayport and Anstruther.

    This project represents a first phase of development of a pontoon system in St Andrews Harbour. This first phase is expected to put in place a quayside walkway along the length of the west side of the Inner Basin, access ramp and as many finger pontoons as can be achieved within the current funding available. The total number of berths in the harbour will not be increased, however, the quality and services offered will be significantly improved, enhancing the experience and promoting increased use.

    At all times during these harbour improvements, the historical importance and listed status of the harbour will be kept well to the fore and protected.

    The links opposite open additional files giving further information on the proposed development including: some site history; plans of the development area; hydrology and ecology reports; and a copy of the full Design & Access Statement submitted to Fife Council. The full planning application can be accessed through the Fife Council Planning portal.