On the north side of the B879, about a quarter of a mile east of the junction with the B842, the main road running up the east side of Kintyre, is the Carradale Heritage Centre (postcode: PA28 6SG). It’s next to the excellent Network Bistro and has a bright red roof, so you can’t miss it!
We’re going to be re-organising the collection over the coming months, and preparing new displays about the heritage of Carradale and this part of east Kintyre. It wasn’t just about fishing, farming and forestry – we have lots of other exciting stories to tell, including tales of smuggling, the plague, and a mysterious sea serpent.
The Heritage Centre is currently hosting a temporary exhibition about our most famous resident of the recent past, the author Naomi Mitchison It will be running until 22nd December 2019. Entry is free and the opening hours are the same as the Network Bistro (usually Thurs- Sun 10.00 - 16.00).
A look back in time....
Carradale old pier in the 1950s. Opened in 1870, it was the first iron pier to be built in Scotland'. Photo by Duncan Ritchie ©
Carradale’s present harbour was opened in 1959. This photograph was taken in October 1968, when it was being extended. Photo by Duncan Ritchie ©
Carradale ring-net boats Mairi Bhan & Harvest Queen on the quay beach for cleaning, October 1968. The Bungalow tearoom & poles for drying nets are in the background. Photo by Duncan Ritchie ©
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