Scottish Fisheries Museum

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St Ayles, Harbourhead
KY10 3AB

  • Phone: 01333 310628

The Scottish Fisheries Museum, housed in a range of historic buildings on Anstruther's harbour front, tells the story of Scotland's fishing industry, and the people who took part in it, from the earliest times to the present. We have a large area of displays, developed since 1969, and also host temporary exhibtions and events. Our library and archive, containing much of interest to family historians and researchers into the industry, are open by appointment. We also run a busy tearoom and shop with outside seating in our courtyard in summer.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Mon-Sat 10:00- 16:30, Sunday 12.00-16:30


Adult: £8.00 Concession: £6.00 (Seniors, Disabled & Student) Child: Free (max 5 children up to 16yrs, accompanied by an adult) Members: Free Giftaid options available


  • Museums Association

Travel directions:

By car: Anstruther is in the East Neuk of Fife, approximately 10 miles south of St Andrews (on the B9131) and 13 miles east of Leven (take the A915 towards Largo, and follow the main road (marked A917 and B942) through Colinsburgh to Anstruther). By train: Our nearest railway station is Leuchars on the East Coast Main Line (with frequent bus links to St Andrews). By bus: Our nearest bus stations are Leven and St Andrews. Anstruther is served by the buses X58, X60 and 95 (check with Stagecoach for timetables). Direct buses run between Edinburgh and Anstruther hourly throughout the day. There are regular buses from Glasgow, Dundee and Perth to St Andrews. On foot: The Museum is situated on the Fife Coastal Path from Crail to Anstruther.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Library with public access
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Facilities information:

Our library is open to the public by appointment only


  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Loan service
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Touch exhibits
  • Handling sessions
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Professional development and training for teachers
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education

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