Kirriemuir Camera Obscura – one of only three working cameras in Scotland – is housed in a purpose built turret room in the Barrie Pavilion on Kirrie Hill. It provides a fascinating glimpse of historis technology and stunning 360 degrees views of the surrounding countryside.
The Pavilion and Camera were gifted to the town by Sir J M Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan and author of many books, quite a few of which were set in and around Kirriemuir. The building was opened by him on 7th June 1930.
Friendly guides will explain how the equipment works and point out the various landmarks which can be see, The Camera Obscura works best on bright sunny days so there will be times when the view is not at its best due to weather.
Cafe Obscura, on the ground floor, offers teas, locally roasted coffee, snacks, cakes, cold drinks, ice creams etc.
There are outdoor games to use and kites for children of 9 to 90 to fly.
The Cafe and Camera are self funding and are managed and operated by the volunteers of Kirriemuir Regeneration Group. All profits are donated back into community projects.
The Cafe is dog and wheelchair friendly but the Camera Room is reached by a flight of stairs so is unsuitable for wheelchairs. Dogs are not permitted in the Camera Room.
There is no admission fee but donations are appreciated.
The Pavilion is normally open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Easter to October. Please check our website and Facebook page for opening times.