Museums for Family Historians – Maritime & Fisheries

The fishing industry in Scotland has a long history stretching back to medieval times. Fish was exported to continental Europe and fishing communities developed along the coastline. The herring industry accounted for a large proportion of the trade, both at home and abroad, reaching a peak in 1907. Two World Wars and the over-exploitation of stocks led to diminished fish numbers, and various attempts have been made to protect territorial waters from non-local fishermen. As of 2021, the area round the Clyde Estuary has begun to recover, although with different types of fish. Sprats rather than herring have become the predominant species, which may be an unexpected bonus for whale-watchers and the Scottish tourist industry.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Coastal Communities Museum

  • Address: School Road, North Berwick EH39 4JU
  • Tel: 01620 894313
  • E-mail: (Contact form online)

Longhope Lifeboat Museum

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Scotland Maritime Museum

Scottish Maritme Museum

Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum

Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour

  • Address: 150 Pointhouse Road, Govan, Glasgow G3 8RS
  • Tel: 0141 357 3699
  • E-mail: (Contact form online)
  • Website:

Trinity House Maritime Museum

Unst Heritage Centre

Waterlines Visitors Centre

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