Annan Harbour



Of this ancient harbour in the town of Annan in south west Scotland


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Annan Local Place Plan - Have Your Say!

Annan Local Place Plan

Our Harbour

Annan Harbour was key to the economy of the town of Annan through shipbuilding, commerce and fishing and is, today, still a vital part of the identity of this busy and vibrant small town in Dumfries and Galloway.

Although trade and fishing declined in this area of south west Scotland in the second half of the 20th Century, a community led action group has been formed with the aim of restoring Annan harbour into productive use.

Annan Local Place Plan – Have Your say!

Annan’s Local Place Plan should set out what matters to us and what we would like the place to be...

Wings & Things: A Family Bird Adventure

Join us for an afternoon of family fun at Annan Harbour on Saturday 20th January 2024 … Calling...

One Snapshot at a Time

Join us for this event and be a crucial researcher - just using your phone! One snapshot at a time...

Annan Harbour 2023 Solstice Walk

Join us for a torchlit walk from Newbie to Annan on Sunday, 17th December. Annan Harbour Action...

Levelling Up Fund Bid Successful

A collective 'thumbs up' as Annan Harbour Action Group trustees receive news of Levelling Up Fund...

Adapting to Change Citizen Science Project

Our 'Adapting to Change' Citizen Science Project is gathering information in our local area to...

Adapting to Change – Be a Part of It!

The Annan Harbour Action Group are starting a new Citizen Science project called 'Adapting to...

It’s Pumpkin Patch Time at Annan Harbour

Our family fun event, 'Pumpkin Patch', returns to Annan Harbour this October. Annan Harbour Action...

Our 2023 Harbour Festival

A Steady Stream of Visitors Defy the Traffic! Despite the traffic disruption caused by the...

Our Biggest Harbour Festival Yet!

The 2023 Annan Harbour Festival is set to be the biggest yet, with a record number of stalls...

Redevelopment & Regeneration

We hope to help you find out more about the ongoing developments at Annan Harbour through our web site, where you can find out:


We are a range of community led organisations working together to promote and enact the development of Annan Harbour.


Our aim is to restore Annan Harbour and it’s surrounding area for productive and public use. Some work has already taken place …


Read the latest news about any  recent developments at Annan Harbour, and learn about our forthcoming organised events …


From becoming a member to volunteering at events or making a donation, there are many ways that you can get involved with us …

Can't find what you're looking for?

We aim to be as informative as we can be about the developments at Annan Harbour on our web site, but if you are still having trouble finding the information that you are looking for then please get in touch.

Some Background

Annan is a historic town on the Solway Firth, and the first port to be found on the west coast of Scotland.

The town boasts a thousand‐year heritage of fishing, trade, smuggling and shipbuilding, all interwoven with the stories of Robert the Bruce, Edward Balliol and Robert Burns.

Annan Harbour

A changing focus over the 20th Century left Annan’s waterfront blighted by disused buildings, contaminated land, derelict ships and a silted harbour. Today, the local community, led by Annan Harbour Action Group (AHAG), is  working to transform the harbour so that it can recover its place as a vital economic, cultural and environmental resource for the town.


Convention of Royal Burghs stationed an armed sloop at Annan Waterfoot to discourage the free trade.


Mill Lead excavated via a feu from the Town Council.


Burgh funds provided to build a wharf and warehouse at the Well (Welldale) capable of receiving light craft.


Town Subscription Quay was built to a drawing prepared by Thomas Telford.


John Irving of Newbie Estates build the flood banks on the lower river stabilising the merse land to the East at a cost of £3000, thus enabling ships of 300 tons to reach the Town Quay.


John Nicholson established ship building yard at the Welldale building clippers with local timbe.

Our Funders & Partners

Our funders and partners invest in us to support our local community and in the continued work to regenerate Annan Harbour. By doing so they continue to recognise the value of this work and the importance of community-led regeneration.

Supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council
Supported by South of Scotland Enterprise
Supported by AHF
Supported by Scottish Land Fund
Supported by The Holywood Trust
Supported by Awards for All
Supported by Adapt and Thrive Programme