The Grassic Gibbon Centre
The Official Website for the Scottish Author Lewis Grassic Gibbon.
The Grassic Gibbon Centre sits in the very heart of the beautiful Mearns countryside, the spiritual home of Lewis Grassic Gibbon.
It celebrates the life, work and times of James Leslie Mitchell, the novelist of the Mearns, better known by his pen name Lewis Grassic Gibbon.
Sunset Song, his best loved novel, is set in the Mearns around the Centre and was a success right from its first publication in 1932. Today, after adaptations for TV, radio, theatre and music, it remains one of the most popular of all Scottish stories.
The Centre is a purpose-built, bright, attractive building adjoining Arbuthnott Hall and is run by a voluntary board of directors on behalf of the local community on an entirely not-for-profit basis.
Admission is free with a charge only for the exhibition area.
In the Cafe, where you will experience the delightful smell of fresh home baking, meals are available throughout the day.
The adjoining Arbuthnott Hall is ideal for functions. Check how to Book Your Function
Book and Gift Shop
In the Book and Gift Shop you will find all Lewis Grassic Gibbon's books which are currently in print including limited editions available exclusively from the Centre. There is also a selection of local crafts and specially designed gifts.
If required items can be puchased by mail order.
In the Exhibition visitors can trace Gibbon's life through a selection of story boards, display cases and an audio visual display.
Rare and valuable books can be viewed many of which belonged to the author, as well as personal effects and photographs kindly donated and loaned by his family and friends.
The Centre stands within two miles of the farm where Mitchell spent his boyhood and only yards from the parish school where his talent first flowered. When he died, his ashes were laid to rest in nearby Arbuthnott churchyard.
The Centre is open to the public every day between 10am and 4.30pm from the beginning of March until the end of October. Admission charge for the exhibition is £3 or £2.25 concession.
Groups can arrange to visit both during and outwith our normal opening times by appointment. A special group menu is available which, in addition to our normal home baking and light meals, includes a high tea or supper choice. Groups are required to book in advance.
Telephone 01561 361668.
The Grassic Gibbon Centre is located in north-east Scotland, 2 hours north of Edinburgh and 1/2 hour south of Aberdeen. It is situated on the B967 accessible and signposted from the A90 and A92. See How to Find Us
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