Situated in a wonderful set of historic buildings on the harbour of Anstruther, this nationally important collection documents Scotland's fishing heritage.
Our principal aim, in all of our efforts with regard to the displays in our extensive museum and our many educational and research activities, is to excite informed interest in the development of the Scottish commercial fishing industry among people of all ages in and beyond Scotland. The core story that we have to tell is the history of how, through a constant process of innovation, the Scottish fisheries became such an important part of the lives of so many Scots.
Our collections are truly inspiring. They permit us to exhibit wonderful examples of historic fishing boats and gear. They help us to illustrate the geography and social structures of our fishing communities. They allow us to honour their ways of life, skills, customs, dress, creativity and resilience, and to improve understanding of the various external circumstances, environmental, technological, political and commercial, which had and still continue to have such an impact upon them.
We take seriously the responsibilities that come with our belonging to a very special section of Scottish society, to men and women who, over the centuries, have faced both natural and man-made adversity and yet maintained a proud tradition and a distinct, but open, culture. In celebrating their achievements, we are proud to welcome all of our visitors, young and old, to an experience that will be both highly entertaining and informative.
The museum, shop and tearoom are open 7 days a week, all year round, except during the festive period when we close for a few days (check our events pages for this year's details). Our usual opening times are:
Summer (Apr 1st – Sept 30th) Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm
Sunday 11.00am – 5.00pm
Winter (Oct 1st – Mar 31st) Monday – Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday 12.00pm – 4.30pm
Last entry to the Museum and Tammy Norie tearoom is 1 hour before closing.
By Car (if using sat nav, our postcode is KY10 3AB)
Travelling from the West and Forth Bridge - leaving the bridge follow the A90 north onto the M90, exit at junction 2a, merging onto the A92. Take the A921 signed Kirkcaldy East, then follow the A915 through Leven to Upper Largo and onto the A917, the B942 through Colinsburgh and rejoin the A917 signed Pittenweem and Anstruther.
Arriving from the North and the Tay Bridge - leaving the bridge follow the A92 for approx 1 mile to the first roundabout, take the first exit onto the A914 (St Andrews, A919) continue onto the A919, then the A91 to St Andrews, follow the A917 signed Crail, Anstruther through and out of town for half a mile then turn right onto the B9131 (Dunino, Anstruther) road.
For more detailed Information on parking facilities near the Museum please seeMuseum Accessibility
By Bus - Buses to and from Anstruther are operated by Stagecoach
Services X58 and X60 connects Edinburgh and St. Andrews via, Kirkcaldy, Leven and Upper Largo and Anstruther both stop directly outside the Scottish Fisheries Museum.
Service 95 connects Anstruther with both St. Andrews and Leven and the villages in between along the A917 coast road. This is an hourly service.
Services X26 and X27 connect Glasgow with St Andrews passing through Kirkcaldy, Leven and Upper Largo where connections to Anstruther can be made.
By Train - The nearest railway station is Leuchars, approximately 13 miles north west of Anstruther and 3 miles west of St Andrews. There is a regular bus service from the railway station to St Andrews Bus Depot where connecting buses to Anstruther can be found. Taxis are also available at the station.
By Air - Our nearest airports for internal, European and international flights to and from Scotland are Edinburgh Airport, 47 miles from Anstruther and Glasgow Airport which is 97 miles from Anstruther.
Cycling - A number of cycling routes have been established in the Fife area and further details and maps can be obtained from VisitScotland visitor information centres and on the VisitScotland website.
Walking - Following the Fife Coastal Path from East or West will bring you to the Museum front door; the Museum is a Welcome Port along the path; for more information, maps and a guide see the Fife Coastal Path website.
For detailed information on public transport and to plan your journey visit Traveline Scotland.