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Argyll & Bute

Argyll and Bute is a fantastic location to visit - an unspoilt land where towering mountains run down to glistening sea lochs.

With 3,000km of coastline, from cliffs to sandy estuaries, 14 world-class distilleries, charming towns, quaint villages, centuries-old woodlands, loch side retreats and mountain top viewpoints, there are a wealth of places to visit.

This is an historic area and a home to 60 medieval castles and ancient hill forts. Right at the heart of the kingdom of Dalriada you will find standing stones, rock carvings and cairns that date back to pre-historic times.  

LAUNCH

This year's Argyll and Bute Doors Open Day focuses on the town of Dunoon and surrounding area. From historically significant buildings, a selection of over 50 artists studios to visit and the last Victorian wooden Pier in the UK , Dunoon offers a huge choice of buildings large and small.

If you are interested in attending this event, please book via the following link:

https://abcdoorsopenday.eventbrite.co.uk 

TRAVEL

By Car

You can drive to Dunoon from Glasgow via either a long detour to the north around Loch Long, or through Gourock with a ferry crossing.

The northern route is relatively straightforward but it should be noted can be time-consuming, with long stretches of two-lane single carriageway. Head north past Dumbarton on the A82 to Tarbet, then take the A83 over Rest and Be Thankful to the A815 turnoff where you turn off. After passing Strachur and Lock Eck you'll reach Sandbank and thence Dunoon after about two hours.

A ferry crossing drastically reduces the distance you'll travel. Take the M8 and then A8 out of Glasgow until you reach Greenock, where you then take the A770 through Gourock to McInroy's Point. Western Ferries make frequent crossings (every 15-20 minutes on weekdays) between McInroy's Point and Hunter's Quay, just north of Dunoon at the mouth of Holy Loch. No booking is required, or even possible.

By train

Scotrail services travel frequently between Glasgow Central (High Level) and Gourock, making local stops at stations such as Paisley, Port Glasgow, and Greenock. Train connections are available to much of Scotland and England from Glasgow Central, including Edinburgh, London Euston and the rest of the West Coast Main Line, and much of the Strathclyde inner-regional system. At Gourock it's a short walk over to the ferry terminal for the Argyll Ferries [11] passenger service to Dunoon Pier. This ferry runs every half-hour on weekdays and is scheduled to connect with the trains.

By bus

McGill's Buses  run a direct bus service, the Cowal Connector, from Glasgow to Dunoon, which stays on the Western Ferries ferry. It runs every few hours or so, check the timetable for details.

 

 

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Cowal Open Studios

Date 1: 22/09/2018
Date 2: 23/09/2018
Tags: Weekend 4 (22-23 September)

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22-23 September 2018

As part of Doors Open Day Cowal Open Studios offers 43 venues which will be open to the public featuring the work of eminent local artists and makers. Many situated in beautiful and more remote parts of Cowal and others based in the town of Dunoon with easy access to amenities and transport routes, they make a fascinating and rewarding collection of visitor attractions with the opportunity to discuss visual art with live practitioners! Each venue will host an exhibition of art/craftwork and will be manned by the artist/maker, who will be on hand to offer a ’tour’ of the work Tours can be found at this link http://www.cowalopenstudios.co.uk/map.php

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Dunoon Burgh Hall

Date 1: 22/09/2018
Date 2: 23/09/2018
Tags: Weekend 4 (22-23 September)

22-23 September 2018

Dunoon Burgh Hall has been at the heart of the community since it was funded and built in 1874 by the town’s people. The most important civic building in Dunoon, and Argyll’s only theatre when it was built, it acted as the Town Hall and provided spaces for meetings, weddings, dances and games. Falling into disrepair, it closed for 25 years until 2009 when it was rescued, reopened and work began to plan its ultimate restoration into a much-needed arts-led venue and destination by the Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust. Following major refurbishment of this grade B listed building, Dunoon Burgh Hall re-opened in June 2017 as a community arts hub. The building plays a pivotal role in the town of Dunoon and its position within Argyll. The Trust works across the whole community in inter generational projects; family focused activities; creative youth work; early years; amateur dramatics and creative groups. Our exhibition programme has included ARTIST ROOMS: Andy Warhol; Barbara Rae CBE RA RSA and Martin Parr. Dunoon Film Festival, established in 2013 is an annual fixture. The Project is supported in every way by an incredible array of volunteers who acts as Tour guides; technicians; fundraisers; invigilators and front of house. As a result the community own the space and it has become a hive of activity, a true cultural hub. Since 2009, 46,000 people have visited the Hall to experience activities and programmes. Free heritage guided tour of the building from our volunteer tour guides. Booking on: www.dunoonburghhall.org.uk Free photographic exhibition in Gallery

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Live Argyll Archives

Date 1: 22/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 4 (22-23 September)

22 September 2018

Built in 1928 for Lochgilphead’s primary school-aged children, the building is now home to the Archives. People continue to be educated within its rather utilitarian walls; however they are no longer subjected to the tawse if they don’t pay attention. The Archives houses the memory of Argyll and Bute – the records created by the people who have lived and worked here for the past 600 years. These have been kept for you to access. Paupers, schoolchildren, criminals and victims of crime, their stories are waiting for you to discover. Our environment too – old roads and bridges, house plans, forestry plantations, ferries, and estates. For Doors Open Day we would love to introduce you to Argyll and Bute’s hidden history. Come and see a little of our treasure box and we’ll show you how you can unlock it. What happens then is entirely up to you – maybe you’ll just be happy to know the name of the ruined house up the glen, maybe you’ll want to start your family tree. The creative folk among may even be inspired to use the stories for their art. Tell us what you want to do and we’ll suggest how the archives can help you achieve it.

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Organic Architects

Date 1: 22/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 4 (22-23 September)

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22 September 2018

This small stone fronted church building was designed in 1956 by Margaret Brodie who worked on the Glasgow Empire Exhibition. The building is a smaller version of the original design by renowned architect Leslie Graham Thomson MacDougall which was to fill the site and have a tall spire. Although plain the building has some interesting details such as the wooden front door which still contains a cross motif. Organic Architects bought the building two years ago and have undertaken substantial internal alterations including the construction of a mezzanine drawing office with walls clad in plywood. A false ceiling was removed to reveal the full height of the volume. The next phase of the building’s life is soon to be undertaken; planning permission has been granted to build four flats adjacent to the building, making a vibrant mixed use site in the town centre. The building will be open to visitors with information on the history of the site and architects will be on hand to discuss current projects, in the UK and world-wide.

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Our Lady and St Mun's Church

Date 1: 22/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 4 (22-23 September)

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22 September 2018

A Contemporary of St Columba, though much younger, St Mun come over from Ireland intending to join the Monastery at Iona. But it is said that St Columba, before he died, predicted that the young man was to become a great Abbot in Ireland. He lived for a time on the Island on Loch Leven, which still bears his name. He founded a monastic community at Kilmun near Dunoon. He later returned to his native land and founded a monastery Teach-Mun (TAGMON), in Wexford, which became famous under his rule. He has the reputation of being the most austere of all the Celtic Saints. He died in the year 635. His name appears in the Scottish records as Mund, Mundas, or Munda. In Ireland he is known as St Fintan........Munnu. His Feast is on the 21st October

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The Argyll Papers

Date 1: 22/09/2018
Date 2: 23/09/2018
Tags: Weekend 4 (22-23 September)

22-23 September 2018

The Cherry Park farm offices at Inveraray Castle were designed by John Adam for the 3rd Duke of Argyll. When the 5th Duke succeeded in 1771, the offices remained incomplete and the Duke invited William Mylne to submit plans for its completion. Mylne created a court of offices with a hint of an Italian Palladian villa. Set around a cobbled square, the corner pavilions were connected along the north and south sides by heavy stone arches (since filled in), and in front by a range of rooms with a centrally pedimented carriage entrance. The pavilions have high Venetian windows on the external sides, each with a six-paned window above and sloping roofs rising to a central chimney. Plans to enlarge the offices were drawn up by Joseph Bonomi in 1807 but were largely unimplemented. The poultry house on the north side of the square, was converted to house the Argyll Papers, the archives of the Campbell family, dukes of Argyll, in 2007. The flower room in the North West tower was converted for a research room in 2017.

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The Argyll Papers, Cherry Park

Date 1: 23/09/2017
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 4 (22-23 September)

23 September 2017

The Argyll Papers are the family and estate archive of the Campbell family, dukes of Argyll. One of the most important private archives in Britain, it is a rich resource for Scottish and British history from the 13th to the 21st centuries, and attracts researchers from all over the world. A small selection of the archives' treasures will be on display.�The archive is housed in Cherry Park, an elegant 18th century Palladian style farm steading, designed for the 5th Duke of Argyll by John Adam and Robert Mylne, with some early 19th century alterations by Joseph Bonomi.�Free guided tours of Cherry Park are scheduled for 12.00pm & 2.00pm on Saturday 23 September.�A free workshop on reading old Scottish handwriting is offered at 3.00pm on Saturday 23 September.�There are 8 spaces for each tour and 5 spaces for the workshop. Advance booking is essential � please email: archives@inveraray-castle.com) or telephone: 01499 302698 to book.

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