lighthouse-building

Kinnaird Head Lighthouse

This is not just any lighthouse you’ll be looking at, but Scotland’s first. In 1787, Kinnaird Head Lighthouse started off life as a giant lamp positioned on the roof of the castle. When structural problems began to appear, Robert Stevenson engineered a foundation, walls and a spiral staircase through the heart of the castle, completing construction in 1824. He even preserved the original castle structure – this has to be seen to be believed!

Through its terrific hyper-radial lens, grateful seamen recognised Kinnaird Head Lighthouse by its white flash every 15 seconds, reaching a nominal range of 25 nautical miles. The lighthouse is still in perfect working order and is known to light the coast on very special occasions.

People have been fascinated by the lives and stories of lighthouse keepers for years. Their job involved responsibility and keen concentration (no reading or music allowed!). Come and learn how they lived, by seeing the lighthouse first hand and enjoy our beautifully preserved keeper’s quarters inside – for some of us a welcome trip down memory lane (appliances from the 70s) and for others: a TV with no remote control? Really?

We look forward to welcoming you here.

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