Historic Scottish Lighthouse Kinnaird Head reveals its many hidden stories

By Culture24 Staff | 07 February 2011
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Kinnaird Head Lighthouse© Historic Scotland
One of Scotland’s first lighthouses is to have its fascinating story re-told thanks to an overhaul of its existing interpretation and new visitor information panels. 

Kinnaird Head Lighthouse, which is owned by Historic Scotland, but run by the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, boasts a rich history that includes a transformation from a castle into a lighthouse, the only conversion of its kind in Scotland.

Visitors to the site will now be able to learn about 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 folklore associated with the site will also be uncovered 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 northeast of Scotland has a strong maritime tradition and the diverse site at Kinnaird Head is an important part of the region’s heritage.

“We hope that the new interpretation will help bring to life the fascinating history of the site,” said Kit Reid, Interpretation Manager for Historic Scotland. “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 spring 2011.
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