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Campbeltown Heritage Centre

New
Door open days

26 September 2020

27 September 2020

Argyll & Bute

The Bunkhouse

The new Campbeltown bunkhouse, opened in April 2012, is housed in the newly refurbished Old Schoolhouse, a Grade B listed building beside the Heritage Centre.
Its location offers easy access to the facilities of Campbeltown, shops, restaurants, swimming pool, gym, as well as the iconic cinema. A passenger and cycle ferry runs to Northern Ireland and Ayrshire while car ferries service the routes to the local islands of Arran, Gigha, Islay and Jura.

The Heritage Centre Museum

The trustees established a museum that highlighted the different aspects of Campbeltown’s success with the help of grants and contributions from the local community.  At one time, Campbeltown had the highest per capita income of any town in Scotland.
Its success was based on the herring fishing industry, coal, shipbuilding, agriculture, and of course – whisky! Many local people have donated valuable exhibits, and the museum now holds one of the finest collections in the West of Scotland.

The Trust

The Kintyre Amenity Trust (KAT) was formed in 1998 to lease the recently redundant Lorne Street Church from the Church of Scotland and open a Heritage Centre to complement the existing Campbeltown Museum whose exhibits focused on archaeology and natural history. With the help of grants and contributions from the local community, the trustees established a museum that highlighted the different aspects of Campbeltown’s success. At one time, Campbeltown had the highest per capita income for any town in Scotland. Its success was based on the herring fishing industry, coal, shipping, agriculture, and of course – whisky! Many local people have donated valuable exhibits, and the museum now holds one of the finest collections in the West of Scotland.

Campbeltown Backpackers

In 2012, the trust renovated the old Free Church School, converting it into a sixteen bed hostel. As a result, the museum now benefits from a modest revenue stream to support its activities.
In 2016 KAT celebrated The Year of Scottish Architecture with a display of pictures of key Campbeltown buildings. Taken by the MacGrory Brothers, pioneer photographers from the early twentieth century, they showed Campbeltown life from around one hundred years ago.

Home of the rare Minenwerfer

In 2016, a very rare Minenwerfer (German mine thrower or mortar) a first World War trophy presented to Campbeltown which had sacrificed so many in that war was donated to KAT and was conserved and redisplayed in the car park.

Digital Resources

Campbeltown Heritage Centre Virtual Tour

Step into the gorgeous and historic “Tartan Kirk” to explore the story of the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland. Find out what happens at a cooperage, hear about the “Campbeltown Navy” and take a trip to the “Singapore of the North”.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Key Information

Architect: James Boucher

Building Date: 1868

Address
  • Big Kiln Street
  • Campbeltown
  • PA28 6JF