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Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

Kinnaird Head
Stevenson Road
AB43 9DU

Kinnaird Head was the first lighthouse to be built on top of a fortified castle. In 1824 the lighthouse was reconstructed inside Kinnaird Castle by Robert Stevenson, Engineer to the Northern Lighthouse Board. In 1851 his son, Alan Stevenson, improved and developed the light and lighthouse keepers cottages. In 1902, David A. Stevenson continued the great tradition by installing a new lens and developing the cottages at Kinnaird Head. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1991, the original lighthouse and engine room are now preserved as they were the day the last keeper left

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses has the largest and best collection of lighthouse lenses and equipment in the U.K. Visitors can discover the unique story of the Stevenson family, lighthouse engineers to the world, in the Stevenson Gallery and the multi-screen audio visual which tells the story of the lighthouse service in Scotland. Guided tours of the lighthouse are offered daily by Museum-trained staff. The Tour fee is included in the admission charge. Lighthouse tours are not suitable for persons confined to a wheelchair.

General Information:

  • Free car and coach parking
  • Designated parking spaces for visitors with disabilities
  • Some access for people with disabilities
  • Adapted toilet facilities
  • Chair lift available to all upper levels in the Museum
  • No dogs allowed in the Museum except guide dogs
  • Café
  • Gift Shop
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    Museum of Scottish Lighthouses Postcode for SatNav: AB43 9DU


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    +44 (0)1346 511 033

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