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Arbroath Lifeboat Station

Door open days

8 September 2018 (11am to 3pm)

9 September 2018 (11am to 3pm)


Arbroath lifeboat station was established in 1803 and is one of the oldest in Scotland. The first lifeboat was built by Henry Greathead, who in 1789 had built the Original which was the first boat to be designed and built for the purpose of saving life from shipwreck. In 1865 the station was taken over by the R.N.L.I., and a new boathouse built at East Grimsby. In 1932 a new boathouse and slipway were built on the south side of the harbour for the station's first motor lifeboat. In August 1968 an inshore lifeboat station was established with a D class lifeboat. In 1986 an extension to the boathouse was completed, providing a new boat store for the D class and improved crew facilities. In 1993 the boathouse and slipway were modified for the station's new Mersey class lifeboat and in 1997 a 10m extension to the slipway was completed.

The gift shop will be open throughout the weekend.


Key Information

Building Date: 1865

Directions:- Arbroath Harbour Fishmarket Quay, Arbroath DD11 1PD At Arbroath Harbour, next to the new Arbroath Harbour Visitor Centre which is located at Fishmarket Quay.  Parking at Arbroath Harbour. From the town take the A92 dual carriageway towards Dundee, follow Dundee Road. Exit to lifeboat station is at roundabout to the left at Ladyloan. Parking is available directly opposite the lifeboat station (some disabled parking ranks). 

For more information, call 01241 873235 or email

Where to find us

  • Arbroath Harbour
  • Arbroath
  • DD10 8DD