The first stage of dredging at Annan Harbour on the south west coast of Scotland is now complete, ready to receive pleasure craft.

A 10metre wide channel has been dredged to the gravel bed making access safe and easy. Annan is the last navigable harbour on the Upper Solway.

The harbour was busy until the 1980s but then fell into disuse and silted up.

Annan Harbour Action Group has been very active since local residents launched it in 2011, installing the slipway for trailer sailors, the viewing scopes to showcase the amazing variety of birdlife on the riverside merse, plus notice boards.

The harbour boasts a 100metre long wall has a number of strong points and ladders. It is easy to enter: from Silloth (harbour master 01697 331358) where you can enter if there is no large commercial traffic, or stay outside otherwise, on the English side, you can sail in on the tide with ease.

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There is  deep channel through the river and +/-2h from high water there is plenty of water to moor up alongside the wall. Tides can be calculated as Liverpool +1 hour.

Phone 07530911087 and there will be someone on the wall to greet you. Donations accepted.