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Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

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Address: Castle Terrace, Fraserburgh AB43 9DU, Scotland
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+44 1346 511022
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses tells the story of the Northern...

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses tells the story of the Northern Lighthouse Board from its creation in 1786 to its operation in the present day. A visit includes entry to the main Museum building which patrons can browse at their, but included in the ticket price is a tour of Kinnaird Head Lighthouse - the Northern Lighthouse Boards first light. The Museum has an on-site cafe and free parking facilities. Fraserburgh Visitor Information Centre is also contained within the site.

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Very interesting museum on history of Scottish lighthouses. To make the experience even more unique is the guided visit to the Kinnaird lighthouse, climbing up to the the top to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very interesting museum on history of Scottish lighthouses. To make the experience even more unique is the guided visit to the Kinnaird lighthouse, climbing up to the the top to get the idea of they used to be operated and how the staff lived.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating museum about the history of Scottish lighthouses, the Stevenson family who built most of them (related to Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote Treasure Island and Kidnapped), with great displays and the ability to see inside the old lighthouse. This was a superb day out, with lots to see and do, and very educational. There is also a small cafe... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited as a family , both young and old. We were lucky to grab a place on the last tour of the lighthouse. Prices were very reasonable although as English Heritage members we didn't have to pay. Our guide Michael was great. Loads of knowledge and very accommodating with questions. The tour was excellent and fascinating. So many interesting nuggets... More 

Thank Phoenixm34
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excuse the pun - but it was exactly that. It was fascinating to see the artifacts and to read about the lighthouses, lighthouse keepers and events surrounding them. Well laid out and extremely informative. Good for the whole family.

Thank Thorbourne62
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lighthouses are more than just interesting buildings near the ocean. They were lifelines to the people in the perilous maritime profession. The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh brings this message forth clearly, as a . . . beacon. The actual equipment and personal belongings are on display. It is up-to-dare and a wonderful educational experience.

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Grezels, France
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Excellent museum, with many stunning artefacts from various lighthouses. Well stocked, laid out and reasonably priced shop...we bought lots of books and souvenirs. And a fantastic guided tour up the old lighthouse.

Thank Ian R
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Been to many tours and this little light house illuminated us (pun intended). Small finer points to engineering I had no concept of as well as the hard labour or patience and dedication of those that worked the lighthouse to endure the safety of sailors. Staff were very informative and engaging. Time was taken to ensure questions were answered in... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Lovely place to visit, learn about the lighthouse and how they were manned and worked. Great cafe with lovely food too.

Thank Annette W
Lyme Regis
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The museum was interesting and the trip round the lighthouse was really entertaining. There was lots about the lights but nothing about how lighthouses were built.

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Ellon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

My husband and I visited on a Saturday morning in December as we'd both never been before - obviously being December and the week before Christmas it was very quiet and so we had the whole museum to ourselves. There's a good couple of floors to look round, lots of information and a few videos to watch. Your entry price... More 

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