The way we were
Situated on Big Kiln Street, Campbeltown Heritage Centre has a fantastic collection of objects spanning 300 years of social history.
Once one of the richest towns per capita in all of Scotland - Campbeltown’s sheltered port played a key role in growing the whisky, fishing and tourism industries.
Campbeltown Heritage Centre is a museum and heritage - and is the main repository for social history for the Kintyre Peninsula from around 1700 to the present day.The Museum
The new Campbeltown bunkhouse, known as Campbeltown Backpackers, opened in April 2012, is housed in the refurbished Old Schoolhouse, a Grade B listed building. The school, built in 1851 by the then new Free Church of Scotland counts many significant Campbeltonians amongst its alumni.The Bunkhouse
With recently upgraded heating, our hall is available for hire for events, functions and exhibitions from £7 per hour.
Why visit Campbeltown Heritage Centre?
A first-class museum
Described as one of the finest social history collections on the West Coast of Scotland.
H is for Heritage
Over 300 years of modern social history - from the creation of Campbeltown to the present day.
Research your family's history - both online and through local records and papers - in our new archive unit.
The heritage centre is supported by donation and our wonderful team of volunteers.
Relax in our cafe
Take your time exploring then settle down amongst the exhibits in our cafe.
No mobile signal? No problem - free WiFi is available in the museum.
There is a rich history of farming over 400 years of almost self-efficiency, starting with the black cattle which produced milk, butter and beef.
Coal has been mined in Kintyre since the latter part of the 15th century.
In the 1600's, Campbeltown became known as a whisky smuggling centre - with the illegal production of whisky, or ‘Uisge Beatha’, Gaelic for 'water of life’ taking advantage of the large, remote coastline.
Since prehistoric times, subsistence fishing was engaged, in using spears, traps, lines and nets, and shellfish were a vital element in the diet of some hunter-gatherer communities.
What our visitors saying about their experience
We popped into the Heritage Centre today...well worth a visit...lots of interesting info on the local area and its history.Rachael Stephen Buckett
Very interesting, well worth a visit.....Adam Boyd