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The Scottish Fisheries Museum

St Ayles , Harbourhead, Anstruther KY10 3AB, Scotland
+44 1333 310628
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Very informative

We were tracing ancestors who were fishermen and found out so much about the fishermen, fishing... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Fiji12345
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Great visit

We where greeted by a very welcoming lady at reception who talked us through what we could see and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
19ianp62
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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(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 covering the history of the Scottish fishing industry and its people from the earliest times to the present. A range of modern and traditional displays, dioramas and interactives provide something for everyone.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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St Ayles , Harbourhead, Anstruther KY10 3AB, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

We were tracing ancestors who were fishermen and found out so much about the fishermen, fishing boats and herring lassies. The gentleman on the till was so helpful and informative. Spent two hours there!

Thank Fiji12345
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We where greeted by a very welcoming lady at reception who talked us through what we could see and provided a map. Very interesting self guided tour with a lot of informative detail. Models are excellent and the history of Scottish fishing 🎣 fascinating. You...More

Thank 19ianp62
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for your 5-star review and glad to hear how much you enjoyed the visit and that our staff were welcoming!

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This museum is much bigger than it looks ! Very interesting finding out about the history of the town and the herring industry. Good cafe and well stocked shop with lots of nice seaside things to buy!

Thank travelmum1
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for visiting us and for the positive review! Yes, the size of the Museum is very deceptive!

Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a really interesting small museum, with things to interest all the family, and a great tearoom too

Thank Dorothy R
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for giving us a 5-star review! Hope to see you again!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a lovely time wandering about the ten separate 'galleries' that make up this fascinating insight into Anstruther of old, and boy what a history the place has. Great to see so many exhibits retained in the town where they originated. Worth every penny of...More

Thank Jerryhill057
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your 4-star review and for your comments on value for money!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Definitely worth the money. It's deceiving how big the area is within the museum. It's fully informational with excellent exhibitits. Defending would encourage others to visit. Only insult I took was being asked if I was a senior citizen yes I am grey haired but...More

Thank sharon g
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review and we are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and felt it good value. Apologies for any embarrassment caused in relation to ticket category. I sincerely hope this did not detract from your visit.

Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Interesting and informative museum split over 10 buildings. It was well maintained, with a nice little tearoom and gift shop attached. The assistant was friendly and obviously seemed proud of the museum and seemed pleased that we enjoyed. One comment i would make is that...More

Thank Jackie H
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review of the Museum and for your comments on price. We generally find people find it value for money but we take note of your views and value your feedback. Great if we could be free one day but not viable...More

Reviewed 5 May 2017

For the price, you don't get lots. Interesting memorabilia, and quite charming. Maybe one for enthusiasts. The mannequins have seen better days.

Thank BorisCatBristol
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Generally the large size of the Museum does generate comments of value for money but we will take account of your feedback!

Reviewed 2 May 2017

I loved our visit to the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. The exhibition was well layed out with lots of interesting historical photographs and information. There was also lots of nice art pieces and the boat yard was brilliant! Visit if you are near by,...More

Thank ElaineMack
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Thank you for your review and we were very please you enjoyed your visit so much!

Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Went to the Scottish Fisheries Museum on a wee day out, and what a find! Doesn't look like much from the outside, but looks are definitely deceiving! It's like an Aladdin's cave of all things fishy, a tardis even! Something to visit for all ages,...More

Thank cozhaines
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Thank you so much for such a nice review. So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and, yes, quite deceptive from outside!

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Jack D
Hi White Wing doesn't appear to have either stone ballast or water ballast tanks. Why does the REAPER not use modern water ballast tanks to balance her mast? It could save the joint wear of elderly volunteers carrying the traditional heavy stone ballast and be safer if REAPER rolled too far and the stone ballast shifted.
11 February 2016|
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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
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Jack D
Hi, when and why did the St Ayles Trust come replace the National Trust for Scotland as managers of this museum?
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.
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Jack D
I'd like to know why the Scottish Fisheries Museum representative's answer stays at the top with 0 helpful votes? They've not voted up Nickd171, only saying instead that his description was good. I voted Nickd171 up but the attraction representative stays at the top and the person tries to claim that no less than 'several sculls are on display in dioramas with interpretation!' Would they care to offer now where in the museum these 'several with text details' are actually located?
12 March 2015|
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Response from LivelyHope | Property representative |
The order that the responses appear is something that Trip Advisor control. We have no say over the order of anything posted onto our trip advisor page. The interpretation for the Great Line Skulls are displayed alongside... More
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