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Kirriemuir Camera Obscura

Welcome to the Camera Obscura on Kirriemuir Hill.

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 provides a fascinating glimpse of historic technology and striking views of the surrounding countryside.

Kirriemuir Camera Obscura 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 boasts stunning views of the surrounding countryside. 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.  

In the main pavilion, Cafe Obscura  serves teas and freshly ground coffee from Sacred Grounds Coffee Company in Arbroath.  You can also enjoy scones with local jam and clotted cream, Kirriemuir gingerbread, a selection of cakes or strawberry tarts in season.

The small shop sells cold drinks, ice creams, sweets, crisps and takeaway hot drinks as well as local books and souvenirs.

The Camera Obscura  and Cafe Obscura are completely self- funding and  all profits are given back into the community, and are entirely managed and staffed by  Kirriemuir Regeneration Group volunteers.

The Camera Obscura and Cafe Obscura are open from April until mid October

There is free car parking near the Pavilion and public Toilets are situated at the rear of the Pavilion 

Disabled Visitors - Café Obscura is wheelchair accessible however, we are sorry  the Camera room is reached by stairs and therefore not suitable for wheelchair users 

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the Café, but dogs are not permitted in the Camera room

Kirriemuir Regeneration Group welcome larger parties to the Camera Obscura by prior arrangement. 
Please email us on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 07825408207 for information on this.


  • Cafe Obscura

    Enjoy a tea or freshly ground coffee in Cafe Obscura
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    Come in and see us at Cafe Obscura...... you can sit in or take away. Gifts and souvenirs too!!
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Kirriemuir Regeneration Group

Kirriemuir Regeneration Group are a Community group whose volunteer members manage and staff the Camera Obscura and Cafe Obscura on Kirrie Hill. They have a wealth of knowledge on the locality and are happy to help  to make a visit to kirriemuir as enjoyable as possible.

Group members also look after Kirrie Den, maintaining paths, pruning  and clearing leaves as well as painting etc.  

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