Port of Inverness

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Port of Inverness
Inverness harbour in 1999.JPG
Inverness Harbour in 1999
Operated byInverness Harbour Trust
Type of harborPort
Vessel arrivals300
Annual cargo tonnage800,000

The Port of Inverness (Scottish Gaelic: Port Inbhir Nis) is a port on the east coast of Scotland, at Inverness, Highland council area, at the mouth of the River Ness. It is one of Scotland's most sheltered and deep natural ports.[1][2][3] The port is owned and operated by Inverness Harbour Trust, established by Act of Parliament in 1847. The port was first recorded in history in 1249.[4][5]

The port trades with Scandinavia, the EU and the rest of the UK. Goods handled include oil and fuel, turbines for wind energy converters,[6][7] timber, round logs, board, wood chips, coal, salt, animal feed, frozen fish, fish oil[8] and other goods. Due to recent expansion the port can now handle cargoes of turbine blades of length up to 50 m. There are extensive lay down areas as well as covered storage facilities. The port has easy access to the A9 road and the hinterland of Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. There is also ready access to the railway system from Inverness station.[9] Recent years have seen cargo close to 800,000 tonnes per annum and over 300 vessels visiting the port.

The port has four main quays: North Longman 150 m in length; Longman 340 m in length; North Citadel 100 m in length and; South Citadel (tanker berth) 150 m in length.[10] Bunkering by road tanker can be provided by prior arrangement.[11] While the Port of Inverness can handle smaller cruise vessels, larger cruise liners tend to go to Invergordon which is a deep water port about 24 miles from Inverness on the Cromarty Firth and allows docking and disembarkation of passengers without the need of a Ship's tender.[12] Next to the Port of Inverness is Inverness Marina which can offer berthing for yachts.[13][14]


  1. ^ Port of Inverness Map Archived 27 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Ports and Harbours of the UK, Inverness
  3. ^ Ports of Scotland Yearbook, Port of Inverness Archived 7 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Energy North Company List Archived 28 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Who we are". Port of Inverness. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  6. ^ First delivery of wind turbines into the Port of Inverness. GP Shipping
  7. ^ First Wind Turbines arrive at the Port of Inverness
  8. ^ Inverness Courier 2 May 2012, "Fish Cargo Fantastic News for Port"
  9. ^ Highland Council, Inner Moray Firth Ports & Sites Strategy 2050 Archived 28 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Port of Inverness Quays
  11. ^ [1] Port of Inverness Bunkering
  12. ^ Port of Inverness, Cruise Ships
  13. ^ Inverness Marina
  14. ^ Inverness Marina, World Marine Guide Archived 2 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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Coordinates: 57°29′N 04°14′W / 57.483°N 4.233°W / 57.483; -4.233