Scrabster (Scots: Scraibster, Scottish Gaelic: Sgrabastair/Sgrabstal) is a small settlement on Thurso Bay in Caithness on the north coast of Scotland. It is some 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) from Thurso, 22 1⁄2 miles (36.2 km) from Wick and 112 miles (180 km) from Inverness.
Scrabster Harbour is an important port for the Scottish fishing industry.
During the Second World War, Scrabster harbour was the base for a ferry operation started to carry military explosives to Scapa Flow. Initially running a 40 ft, (12.2 m) King's Lynn pilotcutter "MERMAID" built in 1908, Antony Bridges maintained the service until 1945.
- The Northlink ferry (MV Hamnavoe) leaves from Scrabster regularly for Stromness in Orkney.
- In summer months, Smyril Line operated a weekly service to the Faroe Islands, but this was discontinued in 2008.
Far North Line
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- "Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba - Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland - Database". Gaelicplacenames.org. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
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- Scapa Ferry, Antony Bridges, ISBN 0 09 916960 6, 1957.
- "Summer ferry sailings cancelled". BBC News. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
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