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Kessock Lifeboat Station

Kessock Lifeboat Station

Kessock is one of Scotland’s youngest lifeboat stations, operating an inshore B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat. For over 20 years the lifeboat crews have launched the lifeboats, not only to save lives at sea but also to save lives inland during flooding.

This station is classed as a Discover station. ​Our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months. 


Recent launches from this station

Date Time
09/04/2015 12:15
09/04/2015 12:08
14/02/2015 22:06
08/02/2015 11:04
09/12/2014 12:58
09/12/2014 12:53
09/12/2014 12:52
09/12/2014 12:51
09/12/2014 12:23
22/10/2014 17:13

Latest news from this station

  • Distress call sparks extensive search for two RNLI crews

    Distress call sparks extensive search for two RNLI crews


    On Sunday morning (8 February) HM Coastguard in Aberdeen received a marine distress call from a VHF radio, leading to an extensive search of The Beauly Firth and Loch Ness by two Highland RNLI lifeboat crews.

  • RNLI Kessock volunteer awarded 20 year Long Service Badge

    RNLI Kessock volunteer awarded 20 year Long Service Badge


    Alan McDiarmid who has volunteered for the RNLI at Kessock since its conception has been awarded a 20 year Long Service Badge in recognition of his dedication to the charity that saves lives at sea.

  • RNLI Kessock Open Day

    RNLI Kessock Open Day


    For the very first time the public will be able to climb aboard and see for themselves the brand new Atlantic 85 B Class lifeboat recently stationed at RNLI Kessock at the forthcoming open day on Saturday 27 September.

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Station address:

Craigton Point
North Kessock

Station telephone:

01463 731372

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Don't Miss: Crew Training 6pm–9pm Monday


Parking, Disabled Access

Visitor contact:

Gary Friedman

Visitor contact telephone:

01463 772812

Appledore ILB crew members. Left to right, Martin Davis, Gary Stanbury and Andrew HalletSpecific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.

More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.



Image of lifeboat

Lifeboat name:
Moray Dolphin

Lifeboat class: B class

Read more about the B class


The Committee of Management agreed in July 1992 that an Inshore lifeboat station was to be placed in the Kessock Bridge area of Inverness, at North Kessock.  North Kessock is situated on the north side of the firth opposite Inverness, the largest town in Scotland north of Aberdeen.  The nearest RNLI lifeboat station, Invergordon, is approximately 20 miles away.

A D class lifeboat was sent to North Kessock on 5 June for one season’s evaluation.

All year round station established.

New D class lifeboat D459 placed on service on 10 May.

A decision was made by the Executive Committee at a meeting held on 7 April 1999 that North Kessock Lifeboat Station would change its name to Kessock Lifeboat Station when the planned changeover to an Atlantic 75 ILB takes place and on completion of the new boathouse. 

New lifeboat house completed in September to accommodate a new Atlantic class station lifeboat at a cost of £481,500.  An Atlantic 75 lifeboat B709 Lucy Beryl was placed on service as temporary station lifeboat on 18 October 2001.

The new lifeboat station was officially opened and a naming ceremony was held for the new Atlantic 75 lifeboat Moray Dolphin on Friday 7 June.