NLB HQ Open for Edinburgh Doors Open Day 28 & 29 September

Exterior of NLB office on George Street

We will be opening our  doors to the public as part of Edinburgh Doors Open Day this weekend. Come and find out about our work as the General Lighthouse Authority for Scotland and the Isle of Man and meet some of the staff who deliver this vital safety service which safeguards not only lives and property, but also helps protect our precious marine environment.

We currently operate and maintain 206 lighthouses and 170 buoys as well as providing radio aids to navigation (AtoN). We are also responsible for ensuring other AtoN providers in our area, such as port authorities, are conforming to international standards. We operate two ships NLV PHAROS and NLV POLE STAR. The ships carry out buoy work, deliver stores and supplies to lighthouses and inspect navigation aids on oil and gas rigs in the Scottish sector.

Our Building

84 George Street has been our headquarters since 1832 and is marked by a miniature working lighthouse outside the entrance. It’s here where the network of lights for Scotland and the Isle of Man is remotely monitored.

Built in 1786, as part of James Craig’s New Town development, the original façade of our headquarters is almost unchanged. In the late 1960’s, we took on number 82 and both buildings were renovated and developed into a single office and included a workshop and engineering facility in the basement. These have recently been redeveloped and are now state of the art meeting rooms.

We will be open from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 2019. There will be regular talks in the boardroom until 2.30pm each day, and an opportunity to try on our safety gear.

For further information on Edinburgh Doors Open Day go to:


For all media enquiries, please contact:

Fiona Holmes
Communications Officer
T: 0131 473 3100
Other News