Drystone dyking training day

Castletown Heritage Society operates the Castlehill Heritage Centre as an educational resource for visitors, local students and school children and the local community. Through a programme of interpretive exhibitions and interactive workshops, we seek to stimulate and sustain interest in and understanding of the history, heritage, vernacular skills, biodiversity and physical environment of Castletown and the parish of Olrig. Our aim is to preserve and maintain the unique heritage of our community within both local Caithness and broader Highland contexts.

To see events and activities from previous years, click here:

2014
2023

Guided village walk

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2024

All events take place in Castlehill Heritage Centre unless otherwise stated

Event detail colour key - event dates with GREEN background are confirmed, those with a GREY background are yet to be confirmed

(Completed 2024 events (BLUE background) at bottom of listing)

Castlehill Heritage Centre - Opening Times

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons 2pm - 4pm

All year round (excepting Christmas Day and New Year's Day)

Other times by prior arrangement

PLAN YOUR VISIT

CURRENT REGULAR EVENTS

2pm - 4pm

Every Wed, Sat and Sun afternoon

All at Sea Exhibition

Our latest exhibition takes a look at the maritime heritage of the area with stories of heroes and villains at sea, the earliest examples of sea going craft, the importance of Castlehill harbour and much, much more.

2pm - 4pm

Every Wed, Sat and Sun afternoon

WWII Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine

One of our most popular 'permanent' exhibits is the WWII Rolls-Royce Merlin engine that was recovered from a Caithness bog in 1990. The engine belonged to a RAF Hurricane that was stationed at RAF Castletown in August 1941, and was involved in a mid-air collision during a training flight. The story of the recovery of the engine, the original incident and the subsequent exploits of the Norwegian pilot, Lt Jens Muller of 331 Squadron, is quite incredible. As a taster, Muller was one of only three servicemen to successfully make it home following the Great Escape in 1944 from Stalag Luft III! This exhibit with it's incredible back story is not to be missed!

Monday evenings

7pm - 9pm

Castlehill Artists

Our very popular painting workshop with Helen Moore.

Sessions run from 7 pm - 9 pm on Monday evenings at a cost of £8 per evening plus materials. Juniors and OAPs £5. Beginners are especially welcome.

To find out more and register interest, click HERE

FORTHCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

Tuesday 27 February

7.30pm

Evening talk on RAF Castletown

The outbreak of World War II thrust Caithness into the front line, not least due to the threat of German invasion from Norway. In late 1939 the site for a new airfield for fighter aircraft was chosen at Castletown and, on 7 June 1940, just one day before the fall of Norway, RAF Castletown became an operational fighter station of No 13 Group, Fighter Command.

Drew Guttridge reveals the fascinating story of RAF Castletown - its birth, facilities, operations and demise.

COMPLETED 2024 EVENTS

2pm - 4pm

Every Wed, Sat and Sun afternoon

Castlehill House Exhibition

Come and enjoy a fascinating exhibition exploring Castlehill House and policies, from its beginning in 1770 to its sad demise in 1967.

Discover information on the owners, guests, employees and their lifestyle; examine artefacts reflecting life over the years; and ponder reminiscences from those who recall the house and estate.

Watch this space for confirmed dates and further details, alternatively:

CONTACT US by email or phone 01847 821120

To book a place on an event, email or phone as above

Please ensure you make it clear which event you wish to book!