Here you can Discover the skill, dedication, science and romance of Scotland's lighthouses. the museum cantains a lot of artefacts asociated with lighthouses in Scotland, and around the world.
It has the largest collection of lighthouse equipment in the UK, some of it still working
there are also audio-visual presentations
Admission price includes a tour to the top of Kinnaird Head lighthouse, and the other rooms in the tower.
Family (4) £12.00
Family (5) £13.50
Family (6) £15.50
the museum of scottish lighthouses consists of the first lighthouse built on mainland scotland and a purpose-built museum housing artefacts donated by the northern lighthouse board and the general public.
the highlight of a visit to the museum is a guided walk to kinnaird head lighthouse, which was purchased from the Fraser family by the trustees of the northern lights in 1787. this unique building was converted from a sixteenth century castle keep in 1787. thomas smith, who was the stepfather of robert stevenson, designed the first lantern fixed there. robert stevenson improved the tower in 1824 and a smaller tower within the castle keep was constructed. the building has a paraffin store, living quarters and within the tower it houses the largest type of lighthouse lens ever made in its upper light room.
and i was on a tour with a former lighthousekeeper, was something special!
Well this was a first for me! I love parks but never imagined one as unique as this one. Old bhoys standing in a little green space instead of blue.
The bhoys have been collected from around Scotland's waters, many were used of the coast of Fife in the 1900's. I though it was a touching tribute to display these old life savers in a modern world.
Fraserburgh's fishing history goes back a long way, the little fishing trawlers which used to search for the Silver Darlings (Herring) have now been replaced with great factory ships which could rival the beauty & cost of some cruise liners. Have a stroll around & like the seagulls wait for the next catch to come along.
Kinnaird Head Lighthouse was originally build as Fraserburgh Castle built in 1572 by Sir Alexander Fraser 8th Laird of Philorth. Although called a "Castle" it was really just a town house & was sold to the Northern Lighthouse Board in 1786. A year later Thomas Smith converted the building into a Lighthouse. Later in 1884 Robert Stevenson radically altered the lighthouse to what we see today.
Summer Opening Times 1st April to 30th June Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 17.00
Sunday 12.00 - 17.00 (last entry 16.00)
1st July - 31st August Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 11.00 - 18.00
Cost £5.00 adult
The Wine Tower dates back to the 15th. Century. The tower consists of three stories, the first one is totally dark with no windows. The name does not reflect it's purpose, it's origins have been mysteriously lost in time, one theory on the buildings past is it was a customs holding the other is more romantic and the one I prefer, it is said the Laird of Philorth build the tower as a Chaple for his new Bride. Whatever it was, it remains for me a very unique & interesting Tower, where maybe in the future more stories will weave their spell around this quiet little place.
Fraserburgh has five miles of golden sand with brooding sand dunes. In summer if you are lucky with the weather you can bring a picnic & catch some rays. Mostly the weather will be chilly with onshore breezes creating perfect walking & beach combing conditions. After your walk you can have a cuppa in the Beach Resaurant.
A visit to the bird hide overlooking the Loch of Strathbeg's Tower Pool is a bird watchers paradise. Open year round & managed & maintained by the Royal Society for the preservation of birds. Watch out to see the year round residents, all sorts of sea birds, owls & hawks, but also watch for the big migration of Geese arriving to over winter here in the North East Sanctuary.
The clock on the steeple of Crimond Parish Church was donated by James Laing & was taken from his farmhouse at Haddo. A mistake was made during it's construction, adding an extra minute hence 61 minutes on the clock. The clock bears an inscription "The hour's coming" but maybe not with the extra minute it might never arrive!
The Buchan area is fairly unpopulated. There are many great walks to be had in total isolation. Spend time discovering the great outdoors, marvelling at natures great beauty & wide open countryside & great skys (see next pic) with nothing to intrude into the views.
The Wine Tower dating from the 16th Century is probably the oldest building in Fraserburgh.
However it remains an enigma as the its true purpouse is lost in the mists of time.
It has three floors although none of them are conected together and all have their own access.
Today the top floor is accesable and houses giant pendants
Fraserburgh has a best kept secret - a stunning beach.
It runs from just out of town around a bay to Cairnbulg, a distnace of some 5 miles (8km)
The sand is fine, its surrounded by tall dunes, and you often glimpse the coming and goings of the boats from the nearby harbour. It is also very quite even in the summer.
Ok you say there must be a downside to this paradise - well it can be a bit parky when the wind blows and alas overcast and cloudy days are not uncommon!
There are usually quite a few really large fishing boats to be seen around the harbour. If you are into boats it is a pleasant walk and a great opportunity to get some good photos.
If boats don't do it for you then it is still a good place to come for views of the historic town
We have also seen grey seals in the harbour, but don't know if this is common, although I suspetc it is.
Large numers of mackeral and herring are landed seven days a week throughout the year.
The Scottish Lighthouse Museum is located in Fraserburgh and gives a nice view at the designs and progress of the lighthouses over the years.
5 generations of the Stevenson family became engineers who designed and built lighthouses, among other things. The only son not to, Robert Louis Stevenson, hated engineering and went on to write such famous novels as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde.
This fish statue in the centre of town near the Mercat Cross is highly appropriate for a town which is so involved with fishing.