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The Scottish Fisheries Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:30
Open today: 10:00 - 16:30
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Definitely worth a visit.

We visited this museum whilst on a short holiday in Anstruther. What a discovery! We had been in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
A must go to

Being an ex northsea fisherman of more than 30 years, I had always meant to go to the museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“herring”(18 reviews)
(April - September) Mon - Sat: 10.00 - 5.30, Sun: 11 - 5; (November - March) Mon - Sat: 10.00 - 4.30, Sun: 12 - 4.30; last admissions 1 hour before closing. Adults £8, Concessions £6, Accompanied Children free. Independent charity-run museum...more
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St Ayles , Harbourhead, Anstruther KY10 3AB, Scotland
+44 1333 310628
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All reviews fishing industry well worth a visit herring tea room hard life scottish fisheries fisherman's cottage local fishing fascinating place fishing boats nice cafe great insight all ages fisheries museum two hours boat building fishing history
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this museum whilst on a short holiday in Anstruther. What a discovery! We had been in the area several times before, but had not taken the time to visit this place. I am so glad we did this time. It is so well...More

Thank Moray557
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being an ex northsea fisherman of more than 30 years, I had always meant to go to the museum. Finally did, and boy was it worth it. A tremendous walk through history. Especially the whaling and herring section. My grandfather was a whaler and my...More

Thank Davie10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum exceeded our expectations. The dozens of beautifully crafted ship models are very impressive, but the greatest impact on us was the way that the museum succeeded in bringing into focus the hardships endured by fishermen and their families. It was a tough existence....More

Thank normrod23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very interesting and well constructed museum with lots to see and good value for the ticket price of £9. We visited in the afternoon and had an hour and a half before closing and we felt we rushed it at the end...More

Thank Lynne S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent three hours here! An amazing museum, much larger than you’d expect! Lots of history specific to the area and of Scottish fishing and boat building. We really enjoyed the information about the herring girls and seeing the massive boats. Totally worth the £9...More

Thank misspickle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was on our wet-weather programme for a short visit to Anstruther. However we would thoroughly recommend it even if it’s blazing sunshine. We spent ages exploring all the museum rooms, the exhibits are professionally displayed and offer an engrossing insight. The lady on duty...More

Thank Chrissie G
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Museums are not high on our list of holiday attractions but thought we would give this one a go. Went to it on a wet and very windy day. Wow -we are so glad we did as it was fascinating. We first had a coffee...More

Thank toggletips
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Excellent museum on an area of interest I did not know I had until I visited. Interesting exhibits showing how fishing in the area has developed over the years.

Thank Simon5559
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

It's been a few years since my last visit. There have been some quite subtle changes, and I was interested to see the progress of the ongoing restoration work. There are plenty of seats available, with nice friendly little messages attached inviting you to sit...More

Thank helenez_12
Reviewed 13 September 2018

We visited the museum and we were surprised at the extent of the size of the museum and it's exhibits. It is very interesting and we learned a lot about the lives of the Scottish people who lived and worked in the fishing industry.over the...More

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Jack D
11 February 2016|
Response from LivelyHope | Property representative |
Reaper does not use modern water ballast tanks to balance her mast for several reasons. First of all, as she is a traditional boat we try to use traditional methods where possible. Additionally there are practical... More
Jack D
10 February 2016|
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Response from LivelyHope | Property representative |
The museum was never operated by the National Trust for Scotland. The St Ayles site was acquired from the National Trust for Scotland in 1967 by the Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust. The museum then opened in 1969.
Jack D
12 March 2015|
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