About Brough Harbour

The Bay is owned partly by a local community group and partly by Brough Bay Ltd. which owns the campsite, B&B and cottage above the Bay.The natural harbour at Brough has been used for fishing and landing boats for hundres of years.  It was described in the Old Statistical Account (1794).  There is photographic evidence (in the Johnston Collection) 1900 of harbour related activities such as drying nets and hauling out boats being carried out.  A winch was installed to hal the boats.

In 1830 the Northern Lighthouse Board built a pier/slipway as a servicing point for the Dunnet Head Lighthouse.  In the 1970’s the harbour users formed a group called “the pier committee” with the purpose of maintaining the slipway.  Later the group was formalised with a constitution under the chairmanship of Ian Munro of Clett Cottage, Brough.

1978 – After the near destruction of the slipway in a storm, the group raised money to repair the slip.  Without this initiative, the harbour would have become unusable.

1983  The community group reached agreement with the Northern Lighthouse Board to take over the Board’s interest in the Harbour.

1985  The boat park was originally created by Mervyn Sinclair, a local and resident of Brough.  Mr. Sinclair also helped with keeping the place tidy, and he and his father often launched their boats from the pier. The community group later concreted this part as well as installing a wall along the shore, north from the lighthouse store was built to give the cliff some protection from erosion.

1991 The community group installed rock armouring along the seaward side of the boat park as its own expense with money gathered from the local community.

1993  The harbour and surrounding land was gifted to the community group by Margaret Munro, widow of Ian Munro who was chairman of the group since its formation.  Members of the committee each made a contribution towards the local costs.

The community group has now been formed into a company registered with Companies House Scotland.

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Published by Dawn Marshall

I have written for several publications in Scotland and Spain and have a Diploma in Freelance Journalism. I also have a BSC in IT and Spanish from London South Bank University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Economics, Policy and Risk from Heriot Watt University. I am a member of the NUJ in Belfast.

2 thoughts on “About Brough Harbour

  1. Thanks you for taking the time to bring these matters into the public domain, we were looking to purchase the Lighthouse store but it looks like that beyond reasonable doubt that the Association may be a problem and I don’t want my access of the same restricted, once paid for! I presume they own it? It is disappointing since we were looking to enjoy life around the area when it looks like there could be untold problems on the horizon judging by the comments on this page.

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