Cultybraggan is a great day out. Spend the day with us and find out more about its fascinating past, present and future.

 

A new visitor attraction has launched for 2018 at Camp 21 Cultybraggan! We have introduced modest entry fees to help cover the cost of the investment and, we hope, give us some resources to develop the visitor experience further. All money raised will be used to maintain and develop the site so we can continue to tell its fascinating story for generations to come.

FIVE REASONS TO VISIT CULTYBRAGGAN

  • The only WW2 Prisoner of War camp open to the public in Scotland
  • See the Cultybraggan Cartoon Collection: 66 pictures drawn by a POW in 1944/45
  • Go back in time in our recreation of prisoner accommodation
  • Learn all about the history of the camp through our brand new storyboard tour
  • See how the camp is being used today by local businesses and the Comrie Community while preserving the history for future generations

Situated just a mile outside the picturesque village of Comrie, Cultybraggan Camp can be found nestling beneath the rugged Aberuchill Hills and alongside the Water of Ruchill.

Whether you are interested in its origins as a World War II prisoner of war camp, or want to reminisce about your stays here in the military or as a cadet or maybe you just want to learn about the way in which the Trust and local community are using and developing the camp, we look forward to welcoming you here soon.

The camp is open to visitors daily from 10am to 4pm every day for self-guided visits. Scheduled Guided Tours of the camp are available every Sunday of the month from May to September while at all other times, bespoke tours for groups and tour buses are available at any time by arrangement.

ADMISSION PRICES
   Adults – £5.00
   Concessions* – £4.00
   Children (under 16) – Free
   Comrie residents – Free annual pass available on request

   *Concessions: Over 60 years old, Students, Unemployed, Military / Ex-military

Photo credit: BBC Scotland 2018

 

How to find us?
Cultybraggan Camp is situated just a mile to the South of Comrie village. By car (Postcode for SatNav – PH6 2AB):

  • From Perth, follow the A85 to Comrie. At the junction in the centre of the village, turn left and head South over the bridge. At the end of the village turn  right and head out on the on the B827 towards Braco. At the end of the long straight road, turn right and the camp is 400m along on your right.
  • From Stirling, follow the A9 North. Turn off at Greenloaning signed towards Crieff. After passing through Braco look out for the left turn to Comrie on the beautiful but remote B827*. After 8 miles near the end of the descent, look out for a sharp left turn which takes you to the camp. NB This turn may not be suitable for coaches so a short detour to the village to turn may be a good idea.
    *In winter conditions you may prefer to carry on to Crieff and join up with the A85 route described above.
  • There is ample free parking at the camp for cars and buses.

Accessibility. The camp is located on flat ground and has tarmac paths and roads throughout making it very suitable for wheelchair users. Some of the doorways and entrances to the buildings are narrow but can be accessed with care.

Groups are welcome, but advanced booking is recommended. History Tour guides can be arranged and other options for groups can be arranged on request including catering and opportunities to learn about some of the artisan businesses located at the camp.

Schools visits are encouraged. Free guided tours and Hands-on-History sessions can be arranged.

Dogs are welcome at the camp but please keep them on a lead or under close control and clean up after them!

 

Cultybraggan Camp has a rich and fascinating history with three distinct phases of use:

1941-1948 – as a PoW camp, Cultybraggan housed 4,000 high security German PoWs from 1944 to 1948 when the last prisoners were released. Events of international importance including an infamous murder of a prisoner by other prisoners, escape attempts by German PoWs, and the involvement of Herbert Sulzbach who was an important figure in the establishment of pan-Europeanism. The camp is one of the last sites of its type in the UK and Europe, with the potential to tell the whole story of PoW camps in Britain during the Second World War.

1948-2004 – the MOD used the camp for training regular, part-time and volunteer British Army units. Almost every famous regiment in Scotland spent time at Cultybraggan. Every international conflict involving the UK since the WW2 connects with Cultybraggan. Vietnam veterans were brought here and soldiers trained here before embarking for Northern Ireland. Along with regular troops, tens of thousands of cadets and TA corps have spent time at the camp over the years and it also played its part in the Cold War with both a Royal Observer Corps underground post and the Regional Seat of Government nuclear bunker located here.

 2005 onwards – When the MOD left the camp in 2004, the future of the site was uncertain. Local people could see the potential for the community and so formed the Comrie Development Trust which used the Scottish Government’s right to buy policy to acquire the site which they achieved in 2007. Since then the community have embraced the opportunities with many groups and businesses using the camp today.

Cultybraggan Camp is a great place for schools, whether you are interested in the history of the place, are looking for a great location for art, photography or even music projects or as a location for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Get in touch to discuss your needs.

‘It was a pleasure to take the children to Cultybraggan Camp where they were treated to an excellent and highly informative tour… It was also wonderful to see the boys and girls engage in discussions inspired by the many incredible World War II artefacts brought along to display. The volunteers who helped us on the day were first class. We’ll be back again next year!’

Craigclowan School, Perth

Hands on History

Private groups, large or small, are always welcome at the camp. Whether you just want to arrange a guided tour outwith the scheduled Sunday timeslots or you have a bus-full of visitors that would like a broader Cultybraggan Camp experience we would love to hear from you.

We can provide catering on request, and can also arrange for your group to interact with some of the businesses located at the camp including artisan food producers, woodworkers, herbalists and potters to name just a few. And, for the more energetic groups, we can even organise a pole-dance class with a qualified instructor located at the camp!

A unique set of 66 cartoons drawn by a prisoner in 1944 and 1945 have recently been donated to the Comrie Development Trust. These remarkable drawings give a wonderful insight into the life the German Prisoners at the camp.

A display of the cartoons can be seen in the jail-block between 10.00 and 16.00 daily.

  • Volunteering. We are always looking for help at Cultybraggan Camp. From tour-guiding to gardening, painting and decorating to becoming a member  of the board we need your support!
  • Become a member of the Comrie Development Trust. Full members need to be resident in the village but Associate membership is available for anyone outwith Comrie. Membership is free in both cases.
  • Tell us your story! We want to hear from you if you have a story about the camp. Maybe a relative was a guard at the camp or even a Prisoner of war! Or perhaps you were here as a cadet on summer camp. In any case, get in touch and help us build the story of the camp.

There is so much to do in Comrie, Crieff and Strathearn!

“…a hidden historical gem: the best preserved WW2 Prisoner of War camp in Scotland”

“…a fantastically interesting historical place…”

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