A leading light of the north-east’s tourism sector has been honoured for its role in telling the story of Scotland’s maritime history.
The Scottish Museum of Lighthouses in Fraserburgh boasts a huge collection of artefacts dedicated to the coastal beacons.
It sits just yards away from Kinnaird Head, which is the first lighthouse built by the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB).
Now the museum’s links with the NLB have been further strengthened after being recognised for its contribution to the body’s heritage.
Museum manager Lynda McGuigan was in Edinburgh on Wednesday night to receive a certificate for their efforts since opening in 1995.
It took place the Surgeon’s Hall Museum during a ceremony held to honour the long service of NLB staff.
Ms McGuigan was presented with the accolade by NLB chairman Graham Crerar, who was appointed to the post a decade ago.
She stressed that the award was for everyone who worked at the museum and said it a “surprise” to be recognised.
Ms McGuigan said: “These awards normally just go the NLB staff. They gave me a certificate of appreciation for looking after the heritage of the NLB.
“It is a nice pat on the back, but I just steer the ship and all of my staff are frantically rowing as well.
“We all work together at the museum to make it a success. We will put the certificate up on the wall.
“I was really surprised and delighted to receive that appreciation. A lot of our exhibits are donated to us by the NLB.”
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Earlier this month the museum took delivery of the oldest Scottish hyper-radial lighthouse lens after the four tonne object arrived from Shetland. It had been used on the Fair Isle north lighthouse.
The NLB is responsible for all 206 lighthouses around Scotland, from Buchan Ness near Peterhead to Ardnamurchan on the west coast.
For the last two decades every lighthouse has been operated from the NLB’s headquarters in Edinburgh.