Kirriemuir Camera Obscura – one of only three in Scotland – is housed in a purpose-designed turret room in the Barrie Pavilion on Kirrie Hill. It was gifted to the town by Sir J M Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, along with the cricket pavilion in which it is situated and was opened by the author on 7th June 1930.
Kirriemuir Camera Obscura provides a fascinating glimpse of historic technology and boasts stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside including the hills and Angus Glens. Friendly guides will explain how the equipment works and point out the various landmarks which can be viewed via the camera. The Camera Obscura works best on bright sunny days so there will be times when the view will not be at its best due to weather conditions.
Cafe Obscura serves a selection of teas and freshly ground coffee from Sacred Grounds Coffee Company in Arbroath. Available are filled rolls, scones with local jam and clotted cream, Kirriemuir gingerbread, a selection of cakes and strawberry tarts in season. The cafe also sells cold drinks, ice creams, sweets, crisps and takeaway hot drinks as well as local books and souvenirs. There are colouring books and pencils available for children to use while Mum & Dad have a ‘cuppie’. Card payments accepted.
The Camera Obscura and Cafe Obscura are completely self- funding and all profits are given back into the community. Both camera and cafe are entirely managed and staffed by Kirriemuir Regeneration Group volunteers.
There is free car parking near the pavilion and public toilets are situated at the rear of the pavilion.
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the café, but dogs are not permitted in the camera room.
There are kites for children up to 100 years old to borrow and some outdoor games to play. The Neverland Playpark is just across the way with its wheelchair swing and there are outdoor tables to sit at and enjoy your tea/coffee etc. There is also outdoor gym equipment on the hill.
1 April 2023 to 15 October 2023:
Saturday, Sunday & Monday – 11am to 4pm (last camera viewing at 3.45pm)
16 October 2023 to 29 March 2024:
Entry free but donations appreciated.
Accessibility additional info
The pavilion and cafe are wheelchair accessible but unfortunately due to the nature of the building we are unable to provide access up to the Camera Obscura. A DVD is available to show to visitors who are unable to access the camera room.
Kirriemuir Camera Obscura & Cafe Obscura
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the Cafe but are not allowed in the Camera Room.
Water, treats, poo bags are available and there are some toys to borrow.
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