Kinnaird Head Castle and Lighthouse

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Explore a fine castle turned lighthouse. Built for the Fraser family in the 1500s, Kinnaird Head was altered in 1787 to contain the first lighthouse built by the Northern Lighthouse Board. The lantern is still in working order and the lighthouse remains much as its last crew left it. A small, unmanned light nearby now fulfils the role of beacon, however.

The Kinnaird Head site is managed independently by the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses and Historic Scotland members do not presently receive free entry to the site.

Your admission ticket gives you access to 3 great attractions on one site: The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Kinnaird Head Castle and a guided tour of Kinnaird Head Lighthouse.


  • Enjoy a good climb to the top of Stevenson’s spiral staircase
  • Stand beside the lantern and stare out at the rocky coastline and stormy North Sea over which it served as a beacon
  • Look into the silvered copper parabolic bowls of the lantern, once lit by burning oil from the head of the sperm whale
  • Take a short walk to The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses to discover the secrets of Scotland’s lighthouses

Refuel at the Tea Room at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses where you’ll find stunning sea views to accompany your food and drink.

  • Opening Times
    1 Apr to 30 Sept:
    Wed to Sun, 10am to 4.30pm

    The Kinnaird Head site is managed independently by the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses.
  • Facilities
    • Toilets
    • Gift Shop
    • Child Friendly
    • Parking
    • Coach parking
  • Accessibility
    • Disabled Access

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