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.

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. We are proposing to add on-site tourism accommodation and a multi-purpose room for hosting workshops. We also want to make the building fully accessible.

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