Scrabster (Scots: Scraibster,[1] Scottish Gaelic: Sgrabastair/Sgrabstal)[2] is a small settlement on Thurso Bay in Caithness on the north coast of Scotland. It is some 1+12 miles (2.4 km) from Thurso, 22+12 miles (36.2 km) from Wick, 112 miles (180 km) from Inverness and 271.7 miles (437.2 km) from Edinburgh. Scrabster Harbour is an important port for the Scottish fishing industry.[3]

Scrabster Harbour

During the Second World War, munitions were ferried to Scapa Flow from Scrabster harbour aboard the 40 ft (12.2 m) pilot cutter Mermaid (registered in King's Lynn and built in 1908), skippered by Antony Bridges.[4]


The Northlink ferry (MV Hamnavoe) leaves regularly from Scrabster for Stromness in Orkney. Smyril Line operated a weekly service to the Faroe Islands in the summer months, but this was discontinued in 2008.[5] The nearest railway line is the Far North Line connecting Thurso railway station to Inverness railway station.

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  1. ^ Paul Kavanagh. "List of railway station names". Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba - Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland - Database". Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 23 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Scapa Ferry, Antony Bridges, ISBN 0 09 916960 6, 1957.
  5. ^ "Summer ferry sailings cancelled". BBC News. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2012.

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Coordinates: 58°36′35″N 3°33′09″W / 58.60972°N 3.55250°W / 58.60972; -3.55250