The Lighthouse in a Castle
Yes, Fraserburgh boasts its very own lighthouse in a castle! The 16th century Kinnaird Castle, on the left, was converted into a lighthouse in 1787 and is now part of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. On the right is the modern automated lighthouse.
Before we go in, let’s walk on a bit to the wine tower, the oldest building in Fraserburgh. The photo may not be the best of the tower, but look at that sky!
The Love Story
The wine tower is thought to have been a secret post-reformation Catholic Chapel, and has a sad love story attached to it. Strain your eyes and you can just see the red paint on the ground there in the picture above.
I visited the tower again on Doors Open Day and went inside. Go here to read about it and see the interior.
I love the uneven bricks and studded door of the solid little building.
Back up the hill to castle walls…
And lots of stairs…
And, ooh look! My Granny had a television just like the one in the lighthouse keeper’s quarters. I do like to see books being put to good use too.
Out onto the wider deck:
It’s scary on the top balcony; I can’t keep the skyline straight.
Into the main museum we go to examine some steampunk style things.
Let’s end this trip and post with a walk on the golden sands of Fraserburgh beach, as the colour blue tantalises from above.
The Mermaid and the Bear
“Once Upon a Time, in the Days of Auld Lang Syne…”
THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR is a Scottish tale that includes a castle, a handsome Laird, witchcraft accusations, a stone circle and lots of love…
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