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TITLE
Scrabster Harbour
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0115
PLACENAME
Scrabster
DISTRICT
Caithness - Western
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Thurso
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32005
KEYWORDS
harbours
ports
fishing
herring
North Sea oil
port
postcards
Scrabster Harbour

This postcard shows Scrabster Harbour, near Thurso. Holburn Head Lighthouse built in 1862, can be seen in the distance.

The harbour has long been a haven to seafarers in the Northern lands, and quickly became known as the gateway to Orkney, Shetland and Scandinavia. The present harbour was built around 1841 and by 1856, a ferry ran from Scrabster to Stromness. An important part of the economy of the north, the harbour was once the hub of the herring fishing fleet, before steam took over from sail.

Today, due to its advantageous location, Scrabster is the fastest growing fishing port in the United Kingdom. Its geographical position also assures its involvement with the development of North Sea oil. Recent developments have seen the construction of a new pier and a deep water basin

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Scrabster Harbour

CAITHNESS: Thurso

1950s

harbours; ports; fishing; herring; North Sea oil; port; postcards

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Scrabster Harbour, near Thurso. Holburn Head Lighthouse built in 1862, can be seen in the distance.<br /> <br /> The harbour has long been a haven to seafarers in the Northern lands, and quickly became known as the gateway to Orkney, Shetland and Scandinavia. The present harbour was built around 1841 and by 1856, a ferry ran from Scrabster to Stromness. An important part of the economy of the north, the harbour was once the hub of the herring fishing fleet, before steam took over from sail.<br /> <br /> Today, due to its advantageous location, Scrabster is the fastest growing fishing port in the United Kingdom. Its geographical position also assures its involvement with the development of North Sea oil. Recent developments have seen the construction of a new pier and a deep water basin