Stumpy Tower joins open days

Stumpy Tower in Girvan.
Stumpy Tower in Girvan.

The 26th annual Doors Open Day event throughout Ayrshire arranged by volunteers from Kyle and Carrick Civic Society takes place over the first weekend of September, when 62 venues will welcome visitors free of charge to take a look round.

The leaflet now available in all Ayrshire libraries contains details of opening arrangements for 60 venues.

Two late entries have been added; Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine will be open on Saturday September 5 between 10am and 4pm. The vast Linthouse Building which dates from 1872, is the largest category A listed brick building to have been moved. It contains a wealth of historic boats and has lots of hands-on interactive exhibits. The shipyard worker’s tenement flat will also be open.

And Crawick Multiverse, which nestles in Upper Nithsdale bordering Ayrshire, is joining in for 2015! The landscape sculpture designed by Charles Jencks for the Duke of Buccleuch is vast with 360-degree panoramic views. It will be open on Sunday September 6 between 10am and 4pm.

For Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 two allotment sites will be open: Craigie Allotments, Craigie Park, Ayr, were established in 1940 and are celebrating 75 years; and Organic Growers of Fairlie will be also be joining Doors Open Day.

In Ayr there will be mini trials in the Sheriff and JP Courts, Wellington Square, whilst peeping behind the scenes and standing on stage at Ayr Gaiety is sure to prove popular.

Towers are magnets and the Tower of St John’s affords wonderful views. Dailly Parish Church and Girvan’s Stumpy Tower will also be open on both days.

In North Ayrshire, Largs Museum and Skelmorlie Aisle are open both afternoons, and there are many other venues in Largs. The Barony Centre, West Kilbride will be open both days, the cluster of three venues in Ardrossan are worth seeing.

In East Ayrshire, Auchinleck House is a holiday let for 13 and a wonderful rescue effected by the Scottish Building Preservation Trust with restoration completed by the Landmark Trust. The National Burns Memorial Tower, Mauchline, is rarely open but it is taking part in Doors Open Day this year in addition to the Parish Church.

Get hold of a leaflet from your local library or check out the website.