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The Scottish Fisheries Museum

St Ayles , Harbourhead, Anstruther KY10 3AB, Scotland
+44 1333 310628
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Fascinating place.

I was fascinated to learn as much as I have from this treasure trove. As a newcomer to Fife I was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
_s_mills04
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Pittenweem, United Kingdom
Great value and very interesting

Visited museum today as was passing. We found it a very interesting experience and spent the best... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JoBell520
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Inverness, 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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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St Ayles , Harbourhead, Anstruther KY10 3AB, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was fascinated to learn as much as I have from this treasure trove. As a newcomer to Fife I was curious about so much. As I toured through the museum I found answers to many questions I had. I loved learning about the habits,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited museum today as was passing. We found it a very interesting experience and spent the best part of two hours in the museum as there is a lot to see. Surprised that the Museum does not rate higher in places to see in the...More

Thank JoBell520
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It seemed sensible to visit a museum so integral to the life of the area and it more than exceeded expectations and justified the entrance cost. Depending on one's stamina and interests, one could easily spend 2-3 hours here. The exhibits vary greatly and there...More

Thank Peter G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we first entered the museum I was a bit concerned at the £9 entry fee for adults as this is much dearer than other museums and I questioned how much there was too see here. I need not have worried, the museum is much...More

Thank Wyrdbrother
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and that you found it value for money in the end. There is a lot to see and we now offer a Free Pass so for no extra cost you can come back as many times as you like within...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the best museums we have visited. Such a lot of history and much detail in the information supplied. We took almost 2 hours to get through the exhibits which were fascinating. I would have to say it was 2 hours well...More

Thank 330Dee
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for such a nice review and we were please to hear how much you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again sometime!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is like a tardis, so much bigger inside and could take half a day to go round. The boats were inventively displayed and within touching distance. One really did get an understanding of what our fishermen put up with and the risks they...More

Thank AlastairL_12
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the 5-star review and positive comments. We were glad to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again sometime!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this museum and we were not disappointed. Extremely well documented display including huge fishing boats. Very interesting learning the history of fishing in this part of Scotland. And so much information from centuries ago. We learned such a lot.

Thank Briton1
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your 5-star review. Your comments and feedback are much appreciated!

Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

This place is the must visit when in anstruther, it also has a cafe and interesting shop to visit, it covers most aspects of the fishing industry and the hard lives they led, well worth a visit, suitable for all ages.

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LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review and glad to hear you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 9 September 2017

I am disabled and walk with the aid of a walker. There are some short difficult slopes to negotiate and I did struggle especially with the down slopes but it was well worth it. There are many exhibits. They are well laid out and the...More

Thank FrankSwinhoe
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review and I am very please to hear that everything, apart from some slopes, was accessible and up to expectations. Glad to hear you were able to rest on your way round and that you...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

We had such a great time when we visited the museum there was so much to see and it was very interesting we would recommend this place to our friends.

Thank Carol A
LivelyHope, Manager at The Scottish Fisheries Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the 5-star review which is really appreciated!

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Jack D
11 February 2016|
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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
10 February 2016|
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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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