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Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

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Postby Maria » Thu Jul 21, 2005 6:33 pm


The reason I dragged everyone up to north Aberdeenshire was of course to go to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. The museum is next to the Kinnaird Head Lighthouses in Fraserburgh in the northeast corner of Scotland.

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We arrived first thing in the morning and caught this guy polishing the brasswork!

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Inside is a treasure trove of lenses, pictures and artifacts. The displays included old log books, uniforms and lighthouse china.

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The Kinnaird Head Lighthouse was built on a castle, the only lighthouse in the world with this type of construction (Stevenson, of course). The light was originally provided by fires lit on top of the 3 story castle. When the lighthouse was built, the castle was cut down to one story. The tower goes up through the middle of the castle and therefore the stairs are a lot wider than most lights.

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The castle building includes space for storing fuel as well as housing for the keepers. The outbuildings also contained LH displays, as well as the engine for the fog horn.

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The original tower is no longer functioning, and was replaced by a modern tower beside the original one. We were allowed to touch the lens and gears, and of course I volunteered for the demonostration of how the 4-ton lantern can be turned with one finger.

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We opened the doors and got a clear shot of the gear box that rotates the lens. I loved this place...there were no "do not touch" or other warning signs anywhere.

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The modern tower and fog horn. From here is is 700 miles of clear water to the artic.

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This modern light is in the harbor next to Kinnaird Head. What you don't see is that the main industry in Fraserburgh is fishing and smoking fish, so just imagine what that smells like.

Fraserburgh is a charming little town, and the people are super-friendly and love to talk about their culture and history. I hope to make it back again one day.

I'll post some non-lighthouse pictures seperately, maybe when the heatwave passes.

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Postby buster » Thu Jul 21, 2005 8:37 pm


Thanks for the photos :)
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Postby Grover1 » Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:16 am


Me too !

Thanks for sharing ...
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:25 am


Great photos Maria.
Is that frost or snow on the ground?
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Postby Maria » Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:11 am


Kevin vk2ce wrote:Is that frost or snow on the ground?


It's not that cold in June! It's small white flowers.

There were a lot of wild flowers around. Don't know what possessed me to risk falling down a hill for this shot....

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:39 am


I know why you risked it, Maria! That is a terrific shot!! :D

Thanks for all of the beautiful photos.
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:10 am


Doh! Thanks Maria, I forgot that it's Summer over there. It's mid Winter here. Did you go to Noss Head, the home of the Knights Templar?
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Postby Pharoslvr » Sun Aug 07, 2005 1:45 pm


Thank you for those beautiful photos, Maria! Do you happen to
have any idea how long that museum has been there?? I was in
that area many years ago and somehow missed it. :(

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Postby COTA » Sun Aug 07, 2005 4:48 pm


Thanks for sharing Maria! Cool!
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Postby epona » Mon Aug 08, 2005 6:34 am


Wow, I cannot wait to see more pictures of Scotland. It is a county I have always wanted to visit. Does the museum have a web site?

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Postby Maria » Mon Aug 08, 2005 6:23 pm


Brent, the museum has been open since 1995. Here's the plaque commemorating the opening by Princess Margaret:
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Carole, and anyone else who wants to check it out, the website is http://www.lighthousemuseum.co.uk/, although they haven't updated it in over a year.

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Postby Pharoslvr » Tue Aug 09, 2005 7:37 am


Thanks for the information, Maria! :)

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