[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Doors Open Days – First events take place tomorrow! 

Scotland’s annual festival of buildings opens up its very first doors tomorrow Saturday 6 September.

Angus, Ayrshire, East Fife and St Andrews, Highlands: In and around Inverness, Moray: Lossiemouth, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders: Kelso and Stirling have hundreds of venues all waiting to welcome you in.

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There is so much on offer it can be difficult to know where to start, Visit Scotland have created some week one highlights on their Doors Open Days blog HERE

Our local area coordinators have curated lots of thematic links on our inspiration pages HERE

And we have created lots of links to Homecoming Scotland 2014’s themes too, from Food and Drink to Scottish Ancestry, Creativity and Culture or Natural and Active resources there is sure to be something for everyone.

On Friday 5 September Doors Open Days and Visit Scotland launch the 2014 Golden Ticket competitions, offering extra opportunities to get involved in some exciting Doors Open Days events, details on our website competition pages


John Pelan, Director of Scottish Civic Trust, the national coordinators of Doors Open Days said:

‘2014 is an exciting year for Doors Open Days, with more on offer for our visitors than ever before. Our teams have all worked extra hard to make sure that the festival has something for everyone and it will be a year of events I am sure our audiences and supporters alike will be very proud of. We wish everyone a great Doors Open Days experience and hope they enjoy going Through the Keyhole.’
Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, national sponsors of Doors Open Days said:

‘Aberdeen Asset Management is delighted to support Doors Open Days for the fourth year running. We decided to remain involved this year following the excellent feedback we received from colleagues and visitors who had taken advantage of the wonderful opportunity to tour the buildings covered by this great initiative.’


Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:

‘The Doors Open Days are a key part of Homecoming Scotland and a terrific opportunity for people of all ages to explore this country’s hidden gems. I would encourage everyone to make the most of Scotland Through the Keyhole, which celebrates our rich heritage, architecture and culture.’


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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Doors Open Days 2014: Scotland through the Keyhole launched today at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, signalling what is sure to be an exciting month of looking through the keyholes and getting into some of the most fascinating buildings in the country.


With the help of local school children, the RSPB and staff of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum the Doors Open Days team declared Scotland’s annual festival of architecture, design, culture and communities officially opened for 2014.

Inspired by famous Scots such as William Wallace and Kate Cranston, pupils of Hillhead Primary school and family visitors to the museum designed and crafted miniature doors and keys. They showed of the hard work at the launch with a fabulous Parade of Doors and Keys in celebration of Doors Open Days.

The launch also marked the opening of Scotland Through the Keyhole, an exhibition of photography commissioned by the Scottish Civic Trust and supported by Homecoming Scotland 2014. Featuring 22 photographs by landscape photographer Damian Shields the exhibition showcases the very best of what the festival offers and what residents and visitors to Scotland can anticipate getting into this year and beyond.

The exhibition is now open to the public at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and like all of Doors Open Days events is free to attend. It will run from 27 August to 21 September and is not to be missed.

With almost all of the area programmes online visitors can start planning their very own Doors Open Days. Some programmes have events that require booking and will be snapped up fast, so don’t delay in getting online and getting started planning. Visitors can search by area, search by date or search by theme

Glasgow Bookings open Wednesday 27th August at 10am. Visitors will be able to book for these few events from 10am on Wednesday 27th August. Details of how to book for each of these can be found on their website


Pauline McCloy-Turtle, Scottish Civic Trust said:
‘This launch event is a great snap shot of what the festival is all about: communities getting involved, families making things together, venues like this wonderful gallery joining in and going that extra mile, and most of all, it is about people getting out and about and getting into buildings. Scotland is such a beautiful country and it is our pleasure to help showcase its buildings and its landscapes to the world.

Frequent visitors already know this and now, with the help of these photographs, we can spread that message even further afield. As part of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 cultural programme we look forward to welcoming in the world and today has been a terrific springboard to just that.’

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said:

‘I am delighted that Doors Open Days 2014: Scotland through the keyhole has been included in the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme. This is a great opportunity that everyone should take advantage of to get free access to hundreds of buildings across Scotland that are not normally open to the public. 

The Year of Homecoming in 2014 provides a unique opportunity to encourage more and more visitors, both international and domestic to come and enjoy Scotland and will position Scotland on the international stage as a dynamic and creative nation.’

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Warm welcome for return of Grand Fountain.

One of the jewels in Paisley’s architectural crown is back and looking better than ever after a year-long restoration project.

The A-listed Grand Fountain in the town’s Fountain Gardens has been reassembled on site over the past fortnight, sparking a flurry of interest from residents.


The intricate cast-iron structure – notable for its distinctive walrus sculptures – has been the centerpiece of the park since 1868, but has now been restored to its original deep-red colour and condition.

The £650,000 project – funded by Renfrewshire Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland – saw the fountain dismantled and removed to be painstakingly repaired by specialists, before coming back on site at the end of July.

Work is continuing to reconnect the fountain’s water-flow system ahead of its official opening on Saturday 6 September


Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan and Councillor Terry Kelly, convener of the council’s Planning and Property Policy Board, paid the fountain a visit to see the work for themselves.

Councillor Kelly said: “The project to restore the Grand Fountain has been a long time in the making but there is no question it was worth the wait.

“The fountain is looking spectacular and when you see it close up you can really appreciate the detail of this magnificent structure.

“I know many of our local residents will have fond memories of the fountain and surrounding park, and I would encourage them to get along and see it for themselves once the work is fully completed in the next week.

Councillor Macmillan added: “The Grand Fountain is a direct link with Paisley’s proud past at the centre of the world’s textile industry, having been gifted to the town by the Coats family.

“Paisley has an outstanding built heritage, with the second-highest concentration of listed buildings of anywhere in Scotland – and the Grand Fountain is one of the finest examples of that.

“The council is working to make the most of those priceless assets – having this year unveiled ambitious plans to use Paisley’s heritage and culture as the engine to drive a wide-ranging process of regeneration over the next decade.”


Doors Open Day 2014

The Grand Fountain will be officially opened at a Victorian Garden Party between noon and 4pm on Saturday 6 September, as part of Renfrewshire Doors Open Day.

The event will feature entertainment, family fun and refreshments, with the official switch-on ceremony at 1pm.

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