The most southerly of Aberdeenshire’s seven harbours, Johnshaven has two basins separated by a central jetty. Extending to 5800m2 with 330m of quayside, the harbour offers quayside fresh water and there is a slipway available. Around 20 boats have regular moorings there and some are involved in commercial shell fishing.
The more sheltered inner basin offers three to six metres of water at high tide but the harbour dries out at low tide and it is advisable to check access with the Harbour Master.
The very narrow entrance through a rocky foreshore can be difficult in winds from between North East and South East
Johnshaven and neighbouring Gourdon are the smallest villages with Local Authority - owned harbours.
Johnshaven, which retains many predominantly fishing characteristics, also offers pleasant coastal walking as well as an attractive public park.
Lobster fishing is carried out locally and live lobsters can be seen – but not touched – stored in water tanks near the harbour before shipment to the Continent.
Johnshaven harbour hosts an annual Fish Festival every summer in July
Vessels entering or exiting the harbour are to ensure vessel propulsion systems are fully operational and the vessel has full operational maneuverability enabling safe entry and exit of the harbour