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Kinnaird Head Lighthouse

Scotland’s first mainland light house, completed in 1787, was really a 16th century castle with a light placed on top of it. In a prominent position overlooking the busy port of Fraserburgh the original lighthouse boasted the most powerful light of its day. Using a series of whale oil lamps backed by parabolic reflectors its light could be seen up to 14 miles away. In the early 1800s the castle was substantially altered, the entire top storey was rebuilt and a new lantern added. Today the lighthouse forms part of the Scottish Lighthouse Museum with its fascinating displays of lighthouse equipment and memorabilia of the daily life of keepers and their families. There are regular guided tours to the top of the tower.



Kinnaird Head Lighthouse

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