Scrabster, Scotland

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Getting To Know Scrabster – Cruise Port Guide


Scrabster sits on Thurso Bay in the north of Scotland and it’s a hugely important fishing port for the Scottish fishing industry. A popular cruise port, Scrabster also offers daily ferries across to Stromness in the Orkney Islands. The origins of Scrabster date back to the Norse era and it is the second largest town in the Scottish Highlands. Our Scrabster cruise port guide offers information on what to see and do during your time here.

The harbour itself is relatively small, there are a few small pubs to enjoy, but that’s more or less it. Nearby Thurso town is worth walking through, but most people will opt for an organised excursion to Castle Mey, Dunrobin Castle, further into the Scottish Highlands or the Pulteney Distillery.

Scrabster cruise port does have 1 berth for docking, but some ships will tender their passengers ashore.

Travel Tips 

A free shuttle bus is usually offered between the port and the town of Thurso

We would highly recommend an organsied tour during your time here

Scrabster Port Scotland

Key highlights of Scrabster

  • Thurso Bay
  • Holborn Head
  • Brims Castle 
  • St Mary’s Chapel
  • Castle of Mey
  • Pulteney Distillery
  • Dunrobin Castle


Hebridean Princess Cruise Ship

Regular cruise line visitors

  • Hebridean Island Cruises
  • Seabourn
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines


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