Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 9DU

01346 511022

Opening hours for the Museum are seasonal, please check our website for further details. Access to the archives is by appointment, contact the Director on the numbers above.

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses has a large collection of lighthouse archives relating to the work of the Northern Lighthouse Board in Scotland and the Isle of Man, as well as some information about the Stevenson’s lighthouse work across the world. The collection includes photographs of keepers and their families from the 1960s-1980s as well as may of the original Returns books which the keepers used to record lighting up times, weather, wrecks, and any other item of interest. Among the sources available for family history are:

  • Light keeper service records
  • Visitor books from various lighthouses
  • Returns books, including meteorological, light, supplies and letter books, from various lighthouses
  • Personal memoirs and oral history testimony from keepers and their families
  • Photographic archive including all lighthouses in Scotland and the Isle of Man
  • Information on other sources held by other institutions; although currently under-represented, there are plans to develop this in the future