Port William Harbour

Port William Harbour is on the west coast of the Machars peninsula and is mainly used by fishing boats and pleasure craft.

Notice to mariners for Port William Harbour

Port William Harbour is used by a few small local fishing boats and pleasure craft. The harbour is protected from north-westerly winds. 

Please be aware that there is no active management of vessel movements.

Boats in Port Willian Harbour

Port William Harbour facilities

The harbour offers standard facilities including:

  • bollards
  • wooden fenders
  • access ladders
  • water
  • electricity points 

The town of Port William has:

  • shops
  • a hotel
  • a pub
  • a fuel garage

Harbour documents

Our harbour documents section has:

  • a berths and moorings application form
  • a map of Port William Harbour
  • a bathymetric survey map of Port William Harbour
  • our harbours directory
  • harbour fees and charges
  • harbour electricity supply charges

Go to harbour documents

Pay for a visitor berth booking

If you have applied for a berth, you can pay for it online.

Pay for a visitor berth booking

Report an incident

An incident is any event that causes harm, damage or environmental contamination to a person, vessel or object within the waters of a statutory harbour area or its approaches.

Near misses are events that had the potential to cause an incident. Near misses should also be reported.

Report an incident

Nautical information

Nautical information for Port William Harbour includes:

  • latitude at 54º 16' 18" N
  • longitude at 04º 34' 18" W
  • admiralty charts: 1411, 1121, 1826, and 2094
  • Imray: C62 

Tidal range and depth

Port William Harbour has the following tidal range and depths:

  • springs – 5.7 metres maximum
  • neaps – 3.1 metres maximum

The pier is only accessible to vessels drawing more than 1 metre for 2 hours either side of high water. 

In north-westerly gales vessels are affected by swell for about 2 hours either side of high water.

Harbour empowerment order

We hold an empowerment order for Port William Harbour. This order allows us to legally improve, maintain and manage the harbour.

Go to the Dumfries and Galloway Council (Port William) Harbour Empowerment Order 2008 on legislation.gov.uk


Port William Harbour
Harbour Road
Port William
United Kingdom

Opening times

Venue opening times

The Harbour Master is available on weekdays, from 8.30am to 4pm.


Port William Harbour Master