What we want to do


Shambellie House was gifted to the Scottish nation in 1977 when it became our National Museum of Costume. The museum closed in 2013 and Shambellie House Trust was then established.  After working on the project over the past years on the 1st Jully 2021 the Scottish Government passed the ownership of the House and grounds to the Trust.

We are a group of local volunteers who are passionate about designing a new future for Shambellie. Our vision is to turn Shambellie and its grounds into a creative tourism destination, and a hub for supporting small and micro businesses operating in the creative sector.

We have spent the last few years researching the market, visiting other examples of place based creative destinations and speaking with local tutors, creative practitioners and partner organisations.

We have completed an economic impact study and a business plan. We are confident that our proposals are right for Shambellie, for potential visitors, for the local area and for the many small businesses who would benefit from this approach.

Our vision is for Shambellie House to be a centre for creative inspiration and creative education, running day workshops and longer short-break based courses led by expert tutors across a range of creative and place based subjects.

Such courses are likely to include creative writing, photography, wellbeing, quilting, singing and nature based activities. All courses would benefit from the peaceful retreat-like nature of Shambellie House, and the stunning views and natural capital of the location.

To build a creative tourism destination that meets visitor expectations we need to make some changes to the building itself.  Covid19 has delayed the project and the Board have agreed to split the project into three phases.  The first phase will see the House secured, repaired and some alterations to make sure it fit for purpose.  Subsequent phases will comprise an extension, on site accommodation and a lift to serve the first. and lower ground floors.  Until the accomodation is provided the Trust will work with local accommodation providers.

The first phase will sart in July 2021 and be completed by December to allow courses to start early in the New Year.  While most of the funds for this work have been agreed the Trust is continuing to fund raise in order to widen out the range of courses than can be delivered.

The Project Will

  • Support our local creative and nature-based industries
  • Attract new high-spending visitors
  • Bring valuable trading opportunities for creative businesses
  • Create new jobs
  • Partner with other local creative projects
  • Promote the area’s culture and environment
  • Deliver curriculum development training for tutors
  • Enable sector specific business support for creatives
  • Provide courses for disadvantaged groups