The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

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Museum of Scottish Lighthouses Kinnaird Head
AB43 9DU

  • Phone: 01346 511022

Discover the skill, dedication, science and romance of Scotland’s Lighthouses in the only dedicated museum in the United Kingdom. In the company of our friendly guides, climb the 72 steps up the first lighthouse in Scotland. The view from the top, accross the Moray Firth, is spectacular. After your tour, relax in our sea view cafe and shop. The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses was created in 1995 to tell the unique story of the development of the lighthouse service in Scotland and its effects world wide. Decommissioned in 1991, and maintained for the nation, with the support of Historic Scotland and the Scottish Lighthouse Museum Trust, the original lighthouse and engine room are now preserved as they were the day the last keeper left.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Apr-Oct Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00 Sun 12.00-17.00 (last entry 16.00) November-March Mon-Sat 10.00-16.00 Sun 12.00-16.00 (Last entry 15.00) Closed: December 25th, 26th and January 1st, 2nd


Adults £5.00 Child £2.00 Concession/Student £4.00 Family of 4 £12.40 Family of 5 £14.20 Family of 6 £16.00 Child Under 6 free Group Discounts (pre-bookd groups of 10 or more) Adults £4.50 Concessions £3.60 Child (6-16) £1.80 Schools £1.00


  • Museums Association
  • Historic Scotland
  • English Heritage
  • Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments

Travel directions:

By Road Follow signs to Fraserburgh and then follow brown signs to Scottish Lighthouse Museum. By Public Transport At the moment there is a regular bus service from Aberdeen. This is operated by Stagecoach Bluebird with a service number of 267/268 or X67/X68. There is no regular service from Inverness.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Auditorium
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Mail order service available
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Facilities information:

There is access for visitors with disabilities at the new Museum building, although limited restrictions apply to the historic lighthouse and the lighthouse tour. Adapted toilet facilities are located adjacent to main entrance. A chair lift is available to all upper levels in the Museum. Access to the café located on upper level can be gained using the chair lift. No dogs allowed in the Museum except guide dogs. Education Packs / School Loan Boxes: The museum provides free of charge special boxes of loan material for use by schools visiting the Museum. Loan boxes are by request and are available for a month either before or after a visit. Education packs designed by the Museum are available upon request to students. Please telephone (01346) 511022 for details and to reserve your loan box. Museum Cafe & Shop: Enjoy good food from a simple coffee to a satisfying meal in our café with panoramic views of the Kinnaird Head Lighthouse and the Buchan Coastline. The café offers a selection of hot and cold meals, cakes and refreshments throughout the day. The Café opens one half hour after Museum opens and closes on half hour before the Museum closes.


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information

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