The Egg Shed is a brand new heritage and community hub which launched in Ardrishaig on 2nd August 2019. It’s the latest milestone marker in the regeneration of Ardrishaig Harbour on the Crinan Canal.
The Scottish Canals-led partnership project has transformed and extended a historic, disused building – known locally as the ‘Egg Shed’ – into a bespoke interpretation and community centre, which tells the story of the Crinan Canal and the communities on its banks.
On 8th May we held an open day, sharing our plan and asking the local community to come along and tell us their tales of Ardrishaig. Some of their stories, photos and memorabilia now reside inside The Egg Shed!
We officially opened on Friday 2nd August, with music, activities, stalls and food in Pier Square to celebrate. Visitors also had the opportunity to join the 5th Duke of Argyll on a walking theatre tour, uncovering the Chronicles of Crinan before being among the first to step into The Egg Shed.
What’s in The Egg Shed?
Visitors are invited to learn the stories of ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’ within the exhibition space of The Egg Shed, and have the opportunity to purchase a souvenir in the shop.
With artefacts from Scottish Canals displayed alongside items supplied by the local community, you can experience the rich history of the Crinan Canal within The Egg Shed. Plus, step inside our giant egg to hear local people share their memories of the canal.
Our gift shop contains a range of beautiful gifts for all occasions including nautical gifts, books, toys, jewellery and clothing. Where possible, we source our gifts from Scottish makers.
There’s also a multi-purpose community space within the building, which could become home to art exhibits, community workshops, and much more. For more information on this space and how to book, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Egg Shed project is funded by the Scottish Government and the European Community Argyll and the Islands LEADER 2014-2020 programme; the National Lottery Heritage Fund; the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund; Scottish Canals; Argyll and Bute Council’s Tarbert & Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund; Highlands & Islands Enterprise; SUSTRANS Community Links Fund; Shanks Argyll & Bute and Argyll & Bute Council through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund; and Ardrishaig Community Trust.
To keep up to date with what’s happening at The Egg Shed, please visit our Facebook page.
What are the opening hours of The Egg Shed?
Mon-Friday, 11am-4pm and every second weekend 11am-4pm.
Is there a cost for entry?
Entry to The Egg Shed is free, though we welcome donations
What are the accessibility provisions?
We have accessible doors and The Egg Shed is fully accessible for those in wheelchairs, mobility scooters or with pushchairs
Is it dog-friendly?
Dogs are not allowed inside The Egg Shed, however guide dogs are welcome
Can you take in food and drink?
No food or drink is allowed inside The Egg Shed. Food and refreshments are available next door at The Steamer Terminal
Are group bookings available?
Yes, groups are welcome
Is parking available?
Yes, free parking is available onsite
Is there space for bicycles?
Bikes can be stored outside The Egg Shed.
Can you take photographs?
What age range can visit The Egg Shed?
The Egg Shed is suitable for all ages
Can you top up water in a tap here?
Is there WiFi?
There’s no public WiFi at present, however The Steamer Terminal cafe next door has free public WiFi available