Scottish Lighthouse Museum

Scottish Lighthouse Museum information

Location
Aberdeenshire & Moray , Scotland
Address
Kinnaird Head
Telephone
+44 1346 511022
More information
www.lighthousemuseum.org.uk
Prices
adult/child £5/2
Opening hours
10am-5pm Wed-Mon, noon-5pm Tue Mar-Oct, 11.30am-4.30pm Wed-Sun Nov-Feb
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The excellent Scottish Lighthouse Museum provides a fascinating insight into the network of lights that have safeguarded the Scottish coast for over 100 years, and the men and women who built and maintained them (plus a sobering fact – that all the world’s lighthouses are to be decommissioned by 1 January 2080). A guided tour takes you to the top of the old Kinnaird Head lighthouse, built on top of a converted 16th-century castle; the engineering is so precise that the 4.5-ton light assembly can be rotated by pushing with a single finger. The anemometer here measured the strongest wind speed ever recorded in the UK, with a gust of 123 knots (142mph) on 13 February 1989.