Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

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Date of travel

July, 2016

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Reasons for trip

This museum was my main reason for wanting to visit Fraserburgh. Kinnaird Head is sometimes the first land we spot when sailing back from Norway, now I had the opportunity to look out to sea.

The museum is well signposted in Fraserburgh although you could be forgiven for thinking you’d taken a wrong turn before the road leads you into a small but adequate car park.

There are 2 visitor attractions here- make sure you visit the lighthouse museum first because you then get a discounted entry to the Heritage Centre. (I didn’t know)

Entry tickets are sold in the gift shop/information centre before you enter the exhibit area. Lenses from, now automated, lighthouses around the country are on display with details of where they originated. The light from the lenses throw shadows around them as you read the information panels.

The museum has several floors but I didn’t see a lift, nor can I see any mention of accessibility on their website. Perhaps an email or a phone call before visiting would be useful for anyone with mobility issues.

A fascinating museum, well worth visiting, it includes a family history of the Stevenson family. Interesting for children and older people alike.

Guided tours of Kinnaird Head Lighthouse (the first in Scotland) are at different times in summer/winter and are published on the website. These tours do involve climbing the stairs!

The Lighthouse Tea Room has a great outlook over the sea & wildlife. I looked in but it was busy and also very warm (the only warm day in a week of cold/wet weather).

Hours vary with season.



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