Historic Lighthouse's story to be re-told
18 January 2011
New investment for Kinnaird Head
One of Scotland’s first lighthouses, Kinnaird Head’s fascinating story is to be
The lighthouse, which is owned by Historic Scotland, but run by the Museum of Scottish
Lighthouses, will see its existing interpretation overhauled and new visitor information panels situated
throughout the site which will explain its rich history, from a castle into a lighthouse, the only conversion
of its kind in Scotland.
The new panels, which will replace the existing public information, will look at
areas such as the workings of the old lighthouse including the engine room and foghorn, life as a lighthouse
keeper, and the modern lighthouse, which remains exactly as it was when it was decommissioned in 1991.
The panels will also explain some of the folklore associated with the site, including
the famous tale of the piper who drowned in The Wine Tower after being imprisoned by a lord who was
angry at him for falling in love with his daughter. Legend has it that the piper can still be heard
playing his pipes while he searches for his lost love.
The panels will be placed at key areas around the site and footpath to share its
story with visitors, supporting the existing lighthouse tour, which offers daily guided commentary of
“This is such a diverse site, with many stories to tell” said the Museum’s Director
Virginia Mayes-Wright, “We are really looking forward to be able to offer more interpretation to our
visitors and the new panels will be a great addition to the site.”
Kit Reid, Interpretation Manager for Historic Scotland said;
“We hope that the new interpretation will help bring to life the fascinating history
of the site. The north-east of Scotland has a strong maritime tradition and Kinnaird Head is an important
part of the region’s heritage.
“It is a truly unique building in Scotland, and a hugely important one and we hope
that the new panels will be enjoyed by visitors and educational groups alike.”
The new panels will be on site from this Spring. For further information about the
new interpretation panels please contact the Museum on 01346 511022.
Notes to Editors
- The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses tells the unique story of the lighthouses
set up around the coastline of Scotland, their engineering feats and the stories of the people who manned
- The Museum is open seven days a week.
April-June, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12am-5pm.
July-August, Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-6pm.
September & October, Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12am-5pm.
November-March, Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday, 12am-4pm.
- Further information about the improvements at Kinnaird Head should be addressed
to The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in the first instance.
- Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its
care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling
and Urquhart Castles , Fort George , Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae.
- Historic Scotland’s Mission is : to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment
and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.