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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

 

Aberdeenshire

Stonehaven Harbour, Tolbooth Museum

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

15 September 2018

The Tolbooth is the oldest Stonehaven building and is Grade A listed. The ground floor contains a museum that showcases the building�s turbulent past and Stonehaven�s rich history. Visitors can examine the model of the Earth�s earliest known air breathing animal found at nearby Cowie, reminisce over past domestic life, view old photographs of the town or study the local geology.You can also study the plans for the extension to the building which includes a larger museum space and a glass encased caf�.In the courtyard of the Tolbooth Museum, Marine Scotland Science will have a display about the Scottish Coastal Observatory monitoring site at Stonehaven, showing how the data is collected and how it is being used

Aberdeenshire

Stonehaven, Clock Tower

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

15 September 2018

Dating from 1790 the costs of the original� build were met from the Common Good Fund and the sole purpose of the building was to contain the Town Clock. In 1894 tower was heightened and the clock was raised to its present position at the top of the square sandstone tower. Above the doorway is a large barometer, dated 1852, which was of immense benefit to the local fishing industry.The Clock Tower was also the site of one of the many public water supplies in the 19th century. The Tower fell in to disrepair but a major refurbishment in 2015, which gained the annual Conservation Award from the Aberdeen Society of Architects, has led its re-opening as a tourist attraction.�Please note that the Clock Tower will not be staffed on Open Doors Day�

Aberdeenshire

World Horse Welfare, Belwade Farm

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

15-16 September 2018

World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Aboyne is one of Royal Deeside�s most inspiring visitor attractions. The rolling hills are home to around 65 once-abused or neglected horses who are at various stages of their rehabilitation and the farm�s impressive contemporary Visitor Centre sits amongst traditional farm buildings which have nestled in the dramatic landscape for decades. This year Belwade Farm celebrates its 25th year of helping Scotland�s most vulnerable horses and visitors will see the extraordinary difference the charity has made as they journey around the old and new buildings at the Farm.Adjacent to the Visitor Centre building, you can walk round the Belwade Stones; a stone circle built in 2013 from stones donated by the Invercauld Estate.� The stones all align with various ancient and notable historic sites throughout the North East and Highlands of Scotland. For further information please visit� http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/farm/belwade-farm� Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="51" Name="List Table 6 Colorful

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

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. This is the first time that this church has taken part in Doors Open Day. 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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