Welcome to Doors Open Days 2018!

07 August 2018
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Enjoy free access to thousands of venues around the country, in 32 Scottish regions, at Doors Open Days 2018. By Carmen Hesketh.

Enjoy free access to thousands of venues around the country, in 32 Scottish regions, at Doors Open Days 2018. By Carmen Hesketh.

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment. It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September with doors open to the public across almost all 32 Scottish regions! Our website is LIVE, and regions continue to add their programmes.  

A selection of amazing places that you can visit during September:

WEEK 1: 1stand 2ndSeptember 2018   

Dumfries & Galloway

Dunscore Heritage Centre

You can take the short Memory Trail round the village and find out where Robert Burns opened a library for the local people and see one of the last hearse houses in Scotland. 

See films and memorabilia about local Hero of the Holocaust, Jane Haining, who was born in Dunscore and worked as a matron in a school for girls in Budapest during the Second World War. She was taken to Auschwitz, where she died.  

East Renfrewshire

Whitelee Visitor Centre and Wind Farm

Whitelee is the UK's largest onshore windfarm, with 215 turbines generate up to 539 megawatts of electricity. Whitelee is a great destination for a day out with the whole family.

45 minute Guided Bus Tours available both days at 10.30, 11.30, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. (Go to the website for more information). Drop-in family activities also available.

Other regions that will be delivering Doors Open Days this weekend are:

WEEK 2: 8-9 September 2018    

Aberdeen City 

Aberdeen City has a free bus service available for Doors Open Days:

St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Archibald Simpson's first civic commission was created in 1914. Considerably altered and enhanced by Sir Ninian Comper during the years 1939-45. Look up for the fascinating Roof heraldry. 

Tours on the hour and a free 30 minute concert at noon. 

East Dunbartonshire (Saturday only)

Kirkintilloch’s Passenger Railway Tour

Explore the site of Kirkintilloch's passenger station at Eastside, which closed in 1964. Trace the former course of its connecting railway, northwards and southwards. 

Meet at 2pm.


The Tobacco Warehouse, Greenock

The Tobacco Warehouse was built in the late 19th century. It was also used for the storage of whisky. The building was also used as accommodation for American soldiers during World War Two. Look out for their graffiti.

Visit an exhibition in RIG Arts studio. Young people with additional needs lead the workshops and have used different mediums including paint, clay, animation and spray paint. 

Other regions that will be delivering Doors Open Days events this weekend are:

WEEK 3: 10th - 16th September 2018

Glasgow (Monday to Sunday)

Glasgow’s Doors Open Days has over 100 events and will a Pop-Up Festival Hub at Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church, 759 Argyle St, G3 8DS, open 11am-5pm daily for information, talks and events. 

Whit aboot the weans? TALK

Norry Wilson of Lost Glasgow takes us on a photographic journey using historic city images and stories to explore the theme of childhood and growing up in an ever-changing city.

Thursday 13thSeptember; booking in advance on Eventbrite essential. 

Glasgow Press

A new event this year, Join Glasgow’s finest letterpress printers for its Wayzgoose - the traditional outing for print workers, marking the end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight. Budding printer’s imps can make an impression with hands-on activities.

Open Saturday 15thSeptember. Tours available on request


WEEKEND 3: 15th-16thSeptember 2018

Fife West

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries

Edinburgh Architecture Association Building of the Year 2017. Enjoy the views and explore the new museum, exhibition galleries, local history Reading Room and new children’s library. 

Perth & Kinross: Eastern & Highland Perthshire

Dun Aluinn House, Aberfeldy

Built in 1909, Dun Aluinn is a beautiful Queen Anne detailed villa on the edge of Aberfeldy. A hotel, a boarding house, and now freshly renovated, take a look at the architectural features of this exclusive venue. 

Open 15thSeptember 2018. Guided tours available throughout the day, booking essential via the website. (15 spaces per tour).


Carbeth Hutters Community Company

Carbeth is a collection of characterful, off-grid huts set within the designed landscape of the Carbeth Estate. The huts date back to the time of the First World War and some families still have huts here.

Take a tour of the Carbeth Estate and learn about the history, aims and ethos of the community.

Meet before 1.00pm at the Community Hut for a 1.00pm start. Good walking boots are essential and rainwear is advisable.

Book before 5pm on Wednesday 12th September. Email or call 01786 233 670 (Mon-Weds).

Other regions that will be delivering in Doors Open Days this weekend of September are:

WEEKEND 4: 22-23 September 2018     


Falconer Museum Stores

This building is where much of the hard work to collect and conserve items for the nearby Falconer Museum is undertaken. Created in 1871, the Collection includes objects of social history, Falconer’s fossils and exotic, ethnographical material.

Guided 60 minute tours at 10am, midday and 2pm. Booking strongly advised by email, or on 01309 696261.


Perth & Kinross: Strathearn & Kinross-shire

Cultybraggan Camp

Cultybraggan Camp is the only preserved Prisoner of War camp in Scotland with over 80 original Nissen huts surviving. At its height, the camp was home to 4000 German PoWs before becoming an MOD training camp from 1948-2004. It is now managed by the Comrie Development Trust. Gain free access to buildings not normally open to the public.

Tours available on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September (last tour 15:00).


Other regions delivering Doors Open Days this weekend are:

  • Argyll and Bute: Dunoon and surrounding area 
  • Highland: Badenoch and Strathspey 
  • Highland: Wester Ross (Saturday only)


WEEKEND 5: 29-30 September 2018     


Alva Old Kirkyard and Johnstone Mausoleum

The Johnstone Mausoleum was designed by Robert and James Adam for John Johnstone (1734–1795), who bought the Alva estate from James Erskine, Lord Alva, in 1775. It is one of only four Adam mausolea in Scotland. Johnstone, his wife and six of their descendants are buried in the original mausoleum. It is owned by Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust.

Guided tours at 2pm and 3pm on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September.


Oakvale Funeral Home

Oakvale is a typical large Edinburgh Victorian villa built in the 1870's. Originally intended to be a cathedral, the building has been used as a private residence, a convent and now a funeral home. Visitors will enjoy Oakvale's magnificent reception rooms with ornate plasterwork, woodwork and fireplaces, as well as an original grand staircase and stained glass windows.

Activities include Guided tours, refreshments, children’s quiz, displays.

Museums Collections Centre

The Museums Collection Centre is a treasure trove of objects. Visitors on our tours will see a huge array of objects not currently on display at Museums and Galleries Edinburgh. Including toys, costume, industrial and commercial heritage, political history, and decorative Scottish pottery and glass.

1 hour guided tours at 11am and 2pm. Advanced booking is essential. Email or call 0131 5569536 to book your place.


South Lanarkshire

New Lanark World Heritage Site

The New Lanark World Heritage Site is an unrivalled combination of an 18th century industrial settlement set in the dramatic landscape of the Clyde gorge. It is one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ‘outstanding universal value’.

Join a textile-themed tour around the Counting House – a building that isn’t normally open to the public!

Please note that the rest of the site will require an entrance fee – please visit www.newlanark.org for more information.

Other regions delivering Doors Open Days on fifth and final weekend are:


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