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International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend19th - 20th August 2017


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19th - 20th August 2017

International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend intends to raise the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, promoting our maritime heritage.

Many lighthouses and places of associated interest will be open to the public, and there will be special events at lighthouses and lightvessels both at home and abroad. Trusts and Friends groups will be able to use this day to raise awareness of their work and involvement in the preservation of the history of lightkeeping.

Further details click here

2017 opening arrangements

The ALK Museum Rooms are within Hurst Castle which is near Keyhaven, close to Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire [SO41 0TP]

Open every day from 1st April to end of October
Castle opening times: 10.30am - 5.00pm

Entry fees to the Castle:
Adult £5.00 ~ Child £3.00 ~ Concession £4.50

Entrance is free to members of English Heritage and to the Friends of Hurst Castle. There is no additional charge to visit the ALK Museum Rooms or the Trinity House Exhibition Rooms.

The ALK Museum Rooms are located at the far end of the West Wing within Hurst Castle.

Refreshments: there is a small cafe which can provide light refreshments

Travel to the Castle is by Ferry at cost from Keyhaven (every 20 minutes from 10.20am). Although the last ferry from the Castle is at 5.30pm it is advisable to depart by around 5.00pm. Alternatively, one can walk (free of charge) along the shingle spit but it should be noted that it is hard going – a distance of some 1½ miles.

Car parking is available in the Municipal Car Park at cost but there is free parking in the locality.

For more details contact:
Keith Morton, ALK Hurst Castle Project Manager
Tel: 01329 843883

July and August 2017


The 2016 trip organised by Roy Thompson was such a success - and hopelessly over-subscribed -  that we're using the same itinerary as he used, plus a couple of "discover Orkney" days, for two more such trips, exclusively for ALK members and their guests, in July and August of 2017.

Full information about these two events can be found by clicking this link.

Within 24 hours of people hearing about these trips, all places were taken. So we're now operating a waiting list of reserves who will be offered places in the strict order in which they were requested. Due to the popularity of Orkney, we expect to run at least two more trips in 2018. If you wish to be on a reserve list, or express an interest in 2018 trips, please contact David Taylor

September 2017

We had hoped to offer this popular trip re-run in 2017. However a number of factors have conspired together which effectively prevent us from being able to offer the Cape Wrath element next year, and the consensus feeling at the AGM was that to run this trip minus the Cape Wrath element would be like taking the jewel away from the crown, so we've decided to pull the whole trip from our schedules for now.

We shall review it for 2018 assuming the issues have been resolved by then. We're sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

2018 and beyond

The decision has been taken by the Executive Committee of trustees, in the light of a "recce" trip in May 2017, that the ALK is unable to support group trips to Shetland and Fair Isle.
The reasons for this decision are set out in this short report.
All members who were on the waiting list for Shetland have been advised and we are sorry for any disappointment this may cause.
We do hope to produce an information pack for anyone keen to go but this will be for trips made on an individual basis, not organised by the ALK.

Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October 2017

Kinnaird Head

Rattray Head

Buchan Ness Lighthouse

Girdleness Lighthouse


The ALK Annual General Meeting will be held at 3.30pm on Saturday, 30th September 2017 at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

All members are invited along with guests who may join in any or all of the weekend activities.

We aim to offer visits to:
Fraserburgh Harbour lighthouse (full access)
Extended tours of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses,
including access to parts not normally open to the public
plus lots of free time to browse at leisure
Rattray Head lighthouse (no access)
Buchan Ness lighthouse (full access)
Girdleness lighthouse (full access)
Options to visit Covesea Skerries and Todhead lighthouses
(full access to both) after the formal weekend events are over

The AGM itself will take place at the Museum, and our usual dinner will take place at the beach-front Tufted Duck hotel at nearby St Combs. Our guest speaker will be the CEO of the Northern Lighthouse Board, Mike Bullock.

It's a great opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones and lots of people said to us at Newcastle in 2016 that they couldn't wait for the 2017 AGM! So many people have always meant to visit Fraserburgh but somehow haven't got around to it....well, here's your chance!

AGM Info

The file link above contains information about travel and hotel accommodation but please note that ALL ROOMS AT THE TUFTED DUCK HOTEL ARE TAKEN and no more rooms are available there. Rooms are available still at the Heath Hill hotel. The file has information about how to book this hotel at which we've secured a group discount, though everyone is free to choose an alternative place to stay if they so wish.


Registration for the weekend is essential as numbers will have to be carefully managed in many of our visit locations. It opens on Thursday, 1st June 2017 and the closing date for registration is Monday, 31st July 2017. No registrations can be accepted after 31st July as detailed planning will start at the beginning of August.

You can register online by using this link or you can await your copy of the summer issue of Lamp, due mid-late June, which will contain a registration form which you can complete and return by post or by email.

Hope to see you in Fraserburgh!

The Association is committed to ensuring that all members are able to participate in events and activities. If you have a disability and wish to attend a trip, please let us know and we will endeavour to accommodate you. All members are required to sign an indemnity declaration prior to participating in events. The ALK has full public liability insurance.