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A visit to Strachur and the Strachur and District Local History Society Open Day on 5th September 2009

Strachur District and Community

Aerial Photo


Strachur according to Undiscovered Scotland

Strachur and Strathlachlan Parish Church is over 200 years old.  In 1902 - 3, it was extensively altered.  11 tombstones, some dating back to the 13th century, are built into the outside walls of the church.  The tombstone of McPhunn of Dripp is in the churchyard.
Strachur and Strathlachlan Parish Church (1) (2) in the rain!


Strachur and District Local History Society Open Day, Strachur New Hall,  5th September 2009
The Open Day was the first of the Strachur and District Local History Society as an established society, and so they must be congratulated on their well-organised, interesting occasion where visitors had the opportunity to learn about many aspects of local and family history.  One of our favourite displays was the table of objects reflecting everyday life of the community in the past.
Example of the SDLHS Talks Programme

2009 - 2010

Bute Archaeology and the 'Discover Bute' Partnership Programme

Baron Turner.  A 16th century clan murder.

The Campbells of Strachur

The MacBrayne Story

Forestry and Archaeology

Strachur's 'Iona' stones and their place in West Highland sculpture

The hundredth birthday of Donald Morrisson was also celebrated with a cake and piper.  Mr Morrison was the registrar for the village for 60-odd years, and so it is no wonder that, although now blind, he is still able to give you the names of people on a photograph if you describe it!


The occasion attracted the interest of all age groups!


Strachur Smiddy

The Clachan, Strachur PA27 8DG

01369 860 508 or 01369 860 647

Open Easter until the end of September, daily 1pm - 4pm

The Smiddy houses implements, artefacts and photos plus an informative video presentation.  You may even be able to see the bellows in action!  It was first recorded in 1791 and it was mainly operated by four generations of Montgomery blacksmiths until its closure  in the 1950s.  The Strachur Smiddy trust was established in 1994 and after benefiting from local fund-raising and grants, it was restored and opened as a museum and local crafts showcase in 1997.