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Fife - Scottish Vintage Bus Museum

Near Dunfermline Scotland UK
Tel: 01383 623380
web : Fife - Scottish Vintage Bus Museum

  • Museum Site and Buildings are all on the level, so are easily accessible for those with mobility impairment/wheelchairs.
  • There are Disabled Toilets adjacent to the Exhibition Hall and in our Clubhouse.
  • Disabled parking ie close to facilities can be arranged.
  • The Museum shop is not accessible by wheelchairs, but we can offer assistance with shopping (personal shopper!).
  • Obviously, due to their design, our historic buses when on display are not easily accessible, but as many exhibits are privately owned, we do not permit public entry in any case.
  • The vintage bus tours around the site are generally not 'accessible', but depending on the nature of individual disabilities, we can often enable these visitors to participate.
  • If visitors arrive in an adapted vehicle, we
    can do the tour in it rather than one of our own.

    The late 1970s and early 1980s saw a build-up of vehicles for preservation in Scotland and these were stored in farms, bus depots, etc. An initial approach to preservationists about a combined storage/museum set-up was met with a favourable response - until then they had been working in small groups or on their own - and the hunt was on for suitable premises.

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    Premises were found in Whitburn - mid-way between Glasgow and Edinburgh - in the shape of a shed large enough to accommodate forty buses, and after a delay of one year caused by a legal hitch, buses were moved in during the summer of 1986. The museum's neighbours were an expanding dairy business, and in 1994 they made an offer - which was too good to refuse - to buy the museum site, so the hunt was on again.

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    Lathalmond, an ex Royal Navy stores depot came on the market and seemed an ideal site. The museum lost out in the bidding to buy the complete site, but was successful in buying half the site (approximately 45 acres and several sheds) from the new owner, with entry on 1st March 1995. Within three months the move from Whitburn was complete, and in September the first Open Day was a great success. There are now around 160 buses housed at the museum, the layout of which is shown below on our promotional leaflet.

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    Opening Times

  • 12:30 - 5pm on Sundays from Easter until late September / early October.

    Entrance charges:

  • Adult £3
  • Concessions £1.50

    How to Find Us
    The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum is located in an ex Royal Navy stores depot at Lathalmond, near Dunfermline, Fife.

    Credit - Jim Crichton

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