The foundations for the modern facility were put in place by the Duff family and James, Second Earl of Fife in particular.
Construction commenced in the 1770's. The first basin was created in 1783 and by 1791 there were two basins, east and west, the latter remaining in place as it is today. The harbour remained in the ownership of the Duff family until 1898 when it was transferred to Macduff Town Council.
A general cargo and fishing port, Macduff has a slipway with side slipping arrangements for up to four boats. There are around 40 boats which mainly operate and land at larger ports, but return to Macduff for repairs and maintenance. The harbour has a completely enclosed fish market where sales are conducted when local supplies are available.
The ports steady cargo trade consists of the import / export of coal, fishmeal, soyameal, rock salt and sugar beat.
A pilotage service (non-compulsory) is available and the port is equipped with VHF, weighbridge and stevedore facilities.
You can also visit the Macduff RNLI shop open May–December every Wednesday and Saturday from 2pm - 4pm.