The Egg Shed is a brand new heritage and community hub which launches 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!
Our official open day will be held on Friday 2nd August, with music, activities, stalls and food in Pier Square to celebrate. Visitors will also have the opportunity to join the 5th Duke of Argyll on a walking theatre tour, uncovering the Chronicles of Crinan before being one of the first to step into 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 will have the opportunity to purchase a souvenir in the shop. There’s also a multi-purpose community space within the building, which could become home to art exhibits, community workshops, and much more.
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.
We will be sharing more information, including details surrounding opening hours and facilities, as the launch date draws closer. For updates, please visit our Facebook page.