Granton is well placed for yachtsmen visiting the Forth as a destination or in passage north or south. It is one of the few places to stop over between Blyth and Peterhead. Although it is some 20 miles from the mouth of the Forth it is a good stopover to visit Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Marina Ltd is jointly owned and managed by Royal Forth Yacht Club (RFYC) and Forth Corinthian Yacht Club (FCYC). There are no facilities for fuel for visitors or members (due to legal restrictions).
There are frequent buses into Edinburgh City Centre (Service 16, 19 & 47) and direct to the airport (Service 200).
The pontoon has water points and hoses, but craft should ideally provide their own hose and use of the pontoon hoses is at the owner's discretion. There is no shore power. The pontoon benefits from 24hr CCTV monitoring.
Toilet and shower facilities are available at the FCYC club quarters at all hours and also at the RFYC clubhouse while the club is manned (during the season the clubhouse is open every day, usually from morning until evening) or by key-pad access. To pay berthing fees visitors should come into the RFYC Club to register and they will be given the access number for key-pad access to the club which will (normally) allow entrance 0900 to 2100 daily. These hours may vary due to operational reasons. A facility also exists for visitors to pay berthing fees online at http://theedinburghmarina.co.uk (Fees and Payment).
Edinburgh Marina Approach. Photo: lamedia.co.uk
Dredging has been done at the pontoons to improve access; at present the depth in the harbour approach to the pontoon is 1.2 metres below chart datum though there is a small hump of 0.5 metres below datum just before the pontoons. For most tides this is not a problem. Depth on the pontoons is now at just below chart datum for most of the inside and half the outside of the pontoons. The outside southern half is just above chart datum. The bottom below the pontoons is soft mud.
Berthing charge for visitors is £2.60/m LOA (rounded up to nearest 0.5 m) per night. Access to the pontoon from land by key-pad, with the number available on payment of berthing charge. No stay can be for more than 14 days except by prior arrangement.
Photo: Ken Dougall
Access to Clubs for Crew from Visiting Yachts
Visiting crew are very welcome to use the facilities of the Royal Forth Yacht Club and the Forth Corinthian Yacht Club.
The Key Access Number to gain access back onto the Pontoon and the FCYC toilets and showers and the Key Access Number for the entrance gate and door into the RFYC Club can be obtained on payment of the berthing fee at the Club Office (phone 0131 552 8560) (0900 hrs to 1300 hrs Tuesday to Friday) and at the Club Bar (07551 426 813) which is open limited hours.
Outside these hours the Key Access Number to gain access back onto the Pontoon and the FCYC toilets and showers can be obtained by telephoning 07434 542997. Leave the name of your boat and the number will be given to you.
Information on RFYC bar opening hours and other information for visitors can be obtained at the RFYC notice board or via their website www.royalforth.org
The pontoon is visited every day by a volunteer and both clubs do their best to make visitors welcome. Please give advance notice and seek further information by phoning RFYC admin on 0131 552 8560 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated 16:30 on 2 September 2021