24 August 2023

Aberdeenshire Doors Open Days 2023

Doors Open Days, Scotland’s largest free festival celebrating the built environment, takes place next month. 

There will be two days of free unique viewing opportunities to sites of historic, cultural, architectural and community interest over the weekend of September 16-17.

Aberdeenshire Council will have 50 properties taking part, some for the first time. 

You can view the brochure and the map by clicking here.

There will also be tours, exhibitions, and refreshments at many of the venues, hosted by Doors Open Days volunteers. 

This year’s Aberdeenshire event has been organised by Aberdeenshire Council’s Historic Environment Team.

Aberdeenshire’s Doors Open Days Coordinator Clare Tierney said: “We can’t wait to welcome visitors to some amazing buildings across Aberdeenshire. 

“We have a wealth of historically interesting and important buildings, all with fascinating stories, and I hope to see people from far and wide find out more about Aberdeenshire’s built environment.

“The event is intended to increase public appreciation and enjoyment of Scotland’s built heritage and promote inclusion in Scotland’s civic spaces and activities.”

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union alongside Scottish Archaeology Month.

Both events are supported by Historic Environment Scotland. 

The properties opening their doors will be:
1.    Beannachar Camphill Community, Banchory-Devenick AB12 5YL 
2.    Benholm & Johnshaven Heritage Hub Museum, Johnshaven DD10 0EU 
3.    Hallgreen Castle, Inverbervie DD10 0PE
4.    Kinneff Old Church, Kinneff DD10 0TJ
5.    St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, St Cyrus DD10 0AQ 
6.    St James the Great Episcopal Church, Stonehaven AB39 2JB 
7.    St Ternan’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Muchalls AB39 3PP 
8.    Stonehaven Community Fire Station, Stonehaven AB39 2LN
9.    Stonehaven Lifeboat Station, Stonehaven AB39 2JU
10.    Tod Head Lighthouse, Kinneff DD10 0TH 
11.    Tolbooth Museum, Stonehaven AB39 2JU
12.    Aboyne-Dinnet Church, Aboyne AB34 5HE
13.    Alford Heritage Museum, Alford AB33 8BZ
14.    Alford Valley Community Railway, Alford AB33 8AD
15.    Ballater Street Furniture Walking Tour, Ballater AB35 5QB 
16.    Chapel of Saint Lesmo Glen, Tanar AB34 5EU 
17.    Glen Tanar Ballroom Glen, Tanar AB34 5EU 
18.    Glen Tanar Walled Garden Glen, Tanar AB34 5EU 
19.    Leith Hall, Kennethmont AB54 4NQ 
20.    Masonic Temple, Ballater AB35 5NJ
21.    St Margaret’s Church, Huntly AB54 8BS
22.    The Bucket Mill, Finzean AB31 6NE
23.    Bennachie Visitor Centre, Pitcaple AB51 5HY
24.    Elyza Fraser Mausoleum, Cluny AB51 7RS
25.    Garlogie Mill Beam Engine and Turbine House, Garlogie AB32 6SA
26.    Leslie Castle, Insch AB52 6NX
27.    Manar House, Burnhervie AB51 5JQ
28.    Ellon Masonic Temple, Ellon AB41 9AE
29.    Fyvie Parish Church, Fyvie AB53 8PD
30.    Haddo House, Methlick AB41 7EQ
31.    National Decommissioning Centre, Newburgh AB41 6AA
32.    The Sand Bothy, Balmedie AB23 8XG
33.    Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, Mintlaw AB41 5FQ
34.    Burnhaven School, Peterhead AB42 0YX
35.    Longside Parish Church, Longside AB42 4XN
36.    The Old Manse, Stuartfield AB42 5DR
37.    1 High Shore (Merchant’s House), Banff AB45 1DB
38.    Banff Parish Church, Banff AB45 1AE
39.    Craigston Castle, Turriff AB53 5PX
40.    Duff House Mausoleum, Banff AB45 3SX
41.    Faithlie Centre, Fraserburgh AB43 9DA
42.    Forglen Hall, Turriff AB53 4JL
43.    Fraserburgh Old Parish Church, Fraserburgh AB43 9DA
44.    Macduff Parish Church, Macduff AB44 1UN
45.    Salmon Bothy, Portsoy AB45 2SS
46.    Sandhaven Meal Mill, Sandhaven AB43 7EB
47.    The Granary, Portsoy AB45 2PB
48.    Vanilla Ink The Smiddy, Banff AB45 1GE
49.    Cairngorms Bothies, Ballater AB34 5PZ
50.    Clashindarroch Wind Farm AB54 4UX