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 Dotties Cafe and has a bright red roof, so you can’t miss it! Carradale wasn't just about fishing, farming and forestry – there are lots of other exciting stories to tell, including tales of smuggling, the plague, and a mysterious sea serpent.
2021 EXHIBITION OF CARRADALE"S HERITAGE
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, however in the meantime please enjoy the current exhibition of "Carradale Then and Now" - an exhibition of old photographs of Carradale from the past contrasted with photographs of how the locations look today.
Videos - a look back in time....
Our most famous resident of the recent past, the author Naomi Mitchison
Politicians, writers, artists, musicians and poets gathered in Carradale on 2013 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Naomi and Dick Mitchison's arrival in the village in May 1938 - an event that changed the lives of local residents forever. The three-day inaugural Noufest featured a wide range of local and national talent, all of whom celebrated the life and work of one of Scotland's greatest icons, Naomi Mitchison.
Two short documentaries made about the village of Carradale, on Kintyre, in 1969/1960. The author was, at the time, a student teacher and regularly visitor to the village.
Stunning video by Malcolm Trott, of Carradale and the ancient site of a fort on the point of land to the south of the village. Views of Carradale Bay and across Kilbrannan Sound to the Isle of Arran
Harbour Grand Opening 1961
A short clip of the Grand Opening Ceremony at Carradale Harbour - 1961. Carradale's sheltered harbour opening out into Kilbrannan Sound and a view towards Arran.
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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