Scrabster is a port town on Thurso Bay, Caithness county (Highland Scotland), located approx 2 km (1,5 ml) from Thurso (Highland's 2nd largest - after Inverness), approx 36 km (23 ml) from Wick and approx 180 km (112 ml) from Inverness.
Scrabster Harbour is a major port for Scotland's fishing industry. During WW2 (1939-1945), the harbour served as ferry base to bring military explosives to Scapa Flow (Orkney Islands).
Close to Scrabster is the Lighthouse and the spectacular Holborn Head cliffs. To the east, Thurso harbour is overlooked by the ruins of Thurso Castle (17th century) and Harold's Tower. Other popular among tourists places include St Peter's church ruins (13th century) and Folk Museum. Along the coast is the Castle of Mey - summer residence of Queen Elizabeth (1900-2002) - wife of King George VI (1895-1952) and mother of Queen Elizabeth II. The 1826-founded Old Pulteney Whisky Distillery is one of Britain's most northernly distilleries. In 2016, the vintage Old Pulteney 1989 was awarded "World’s Best Malt Whisky".
MV Hamnavoe (NORTHLINK FERRIES) offers regularly scheduled daily crossings between Scrabster and Stromness (Orkney Island). Until 2008, during summer months, Smyril Line offered weekly ferry service to Faroe Islands. Far North Line (nearest railway) connects Thurso to Inverness.
For season 2019, the cruise port had scheduled 14 ship calls with ~5300 passengers.
Scrabster cruise terminal
In early-2020 starts the construction of a new dedicated berth to allow docking for cruise vessels with max LOA length 250 m (820 ft). Project's completion is in 2021.