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Doors Open Days in Aberdeenshire gives you free access to a wealth of local architectural gems and functionally fascinating buildings across the area. For one weekend in September you can explore places that are normally closed to the public. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime. Discover the architecture, places and spaces right on your doorstep or explore a new part of the country. For more information visit our facebook page. You can also contact us at doorsopen@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

You can also find a copy of Aberdeenshire's DOD Booklet here

 

Aberdeenshire

Banff, Duff House Mausoleum

Date 1: 16/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Open Weekends

16 September 2018

Built on the site of a Carmelite burial ground this Gothick structure houses the remains of the first five Earls (starting 1705) and other Duff family members, with several interesting memorials. Outside is a tomb that used to be in Banff cemetery and falsely used by the 2nd Earl to claim a family connection to Robert the Bruce - with an interesting linked story involving the Carmelite monks from the nearby Mount Carmel. The Mausoleum is in an extremely peaceful and picturesque location above the River Deveron - so much so it has been used for weddings - but also contains several excellent examples of quite early Coade stone, an 18th century artificial stone that can weather extremely well - even here after more than 200 years in what is perhaps the most northerly example. ALL FACILITIES ARE LOCATED AT DUFF HOUSE.

Aberdeenshire

Braemar Castle, Marr

Date 1: 16/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 3 (15-16 September)

16 September 2018

Constructed in 1628 by the powerful Earl of Mar to replace the crumbling Kindrochit Castle, Braemar Caste was also originally used as a hunting lodge. The Castle has links to three Jacobite rebellions, with government troops garrisoned there in the 1700s. The castle is a 5 Storey, L Plan structure with a star shaped curtain wall. It is prominently situated on a raised mound on the south side of the River Dee and can be seen as you come in to Braemar from the east. There will be a Jacobite Exhibition and Braemar Highland Gathering Exhibition and DVD from 1952. Castle tours will be subject to the usual charge, however there will be free access to view the newly opened well and free refreshments available.All rooms in the Castle are accessed by a spiral stone staircase so the Castle is not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties. <w:LsdException Locked="false" Prio

Aberdeenshire

Elyza Fraser Mausoleum

Date 1: 15/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 3 (15-16 September)

15 September 2018

The Friends of the Mausoleum will be on hand all day today to tell you about the mausoleum. Described by architectural historians as possibly the finest sepulchral monument in Aberdeenshire, the Category A listed mausoleum was built for the first female laird of Castle Fraser by James Byres of Tonley in the Roman New-Classical style in 1808. The standard of construction is superb although internally water ingress has damaged the memorials. Visitors will be able to view the interior from the entrance, which includes putti (stone angels), as well as the family memorials as the sandstone memorials are in such a delicate condition. Recently acquired by the Friends of Elyza Fraser, a representative of the group will be on hand to talk about the mausoleum. This is a rare opportunity to see inside as the mausoleum is usually locked.

Aberdeenshire

Fraserburgh Old Parish Church

Date 1: 16/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 3 (15-16 September)

16 September 2018

Fraserburgh Old Parish Church is located on the site of the original church, which was built in 1572 not long after the Reformation. The current church was constructed in 1803 using some material from the original building and stands on a prominent site in the town centre, is an instantly recognisable landmark for the town. The current Interiors were remodelled by the celebrated architect A. Marshall Mackenzie in 1898. The superb stained glass window, adorning the chancel, is indeed a work of great art and beauty and it is reckoned to be one of the late Douglas Strachan's best works. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit the property and learn about its history.

Aberdeenshire

Fraserburgh South Church

Date 1: 16/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 3 (15-16 September)

16 September 2018

The South Church was designed by well-know Aberdeen architect J B Pirie in the Rogue Gothic-style in the late nineteenth century. The Church is located on the east side of the town on the site of the town's Old School, adjacent to the short-lived Fraserburgh University, which was founded in the late 16th century. In the south transept of the church there is a carved stone slab depicting Moses looking to Heaven. It is the only surviving fragment of the University. It had been built above a doorway in the school building which preceded the church and was then built into the south wall of the church. It was moved to its current position inside the building in 1969 to protect it. The interior of South Church is beautiful with tall arcades and large galleries, which around the north, south and west sides of the nave, retain their original wooden pews.

Aberdeenshire

Fraserburgh United Reformed Church

Date 1: 16/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 3 (15-16 September)

16 September 2018

The United Reformed Church is a modern building in the centre of Fraserburgh, designed by Aberdeen architects, the Davidson Smith Partnership. The Church is tucked in to a small plot on Mid Street adjoining a much older, Gothic style Victorian church building, Macaulay Hall. The newer church is of an striking, modern design which combines traditional ecclesiastical features with modern architectural design. The interior of the church also combines modern and traditional aspects. Come and see the Church's impressive stained glass window on the north elevation, which shows Christ with fishermen below casting nets into the sea. The Church also has a modern electronic organ console.

Aberdeenshire

Fyvie Guide House

Date 1: 15/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 3 (15-16 September)

15 September 2018

Fyvie Guide House was built as a cottage hospital in 1897 to serve the local community. It was gifted by Colonel and Mrs Gordon of Fyvie, originally designed by James Duncan, and in 1907 Lord and Lady Leith of Fyvie enlarged and renovated the building. It continued to be used as the local hospital until 1963.� In 1965, it was purchased by Aberdeenshire Guides at a cost of �2000. County Commissioner Mrs Alison Catto set about fundraising to convert the building to a holiday home for local Brownies and Guides. It was opened on the 10th June 1967 by Lord and Lady Forbes-Leith and the first visitors were Maud Brownies. Since then hundreds of�girls�and leaders have had fun at Fyvie.� Visitors will be able walk through the building and speak to members of the management committee about the history of the building and its renovation plans. Teas, coffees and home bakes will be available for a donation.

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