Replica Fishing Yawl On Show As Waterlines Opens At Lybster
2nd May 2015
Waterlines Heritage Centre opened on 1 May 2015 for its summer season. It will be open daily from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.
The replica of the 19th century fishing yawl which was built in the workshop at Waterlines by John Cameron, a local boat builder, is now housed in a new boat shed which was part funded by the Scottish Government, the Highland European Fisheries Fund Programme, the Highland Council and from the E.ON Camster Community Fund supported by Foundation Scotland. The workshop now houses a new exhibition describing the activities in Lybster Village over the past 100 years which complements the existing exhibition on the history of Lybster Harbour and its natural environment.
Waterlines Heritage Centre, which also provides a unique coffee shop on the shore of the North Sea at Lybster Harbour, was opened in 2002 in restored fishing buildings with funding from the Heritage Lottery, CASE, PESCA, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Highland Council and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. It is now a major tourist attraction in Caithness and a social meeting place for members of the local community.
The centre also welcomes visits from local school parties for an introduction to Lybster Harbour to learn more about the development of the herring industry in Lybster which was the third largest herring fishing port in Scotland in the 19th century and the marine life in the area.