Doors Open Days Weekend 1

Did you know that the first weekend of Doors Open Days 2018 begins TOMORROW?

Here is just a selection of fantastic buildings that will open their doors this weekend!

Young Enterprise Scotland – Open for Doors Open Days on Saturday 1st September 2018. Tours at 11am and 12:30pm, with only 20 places - book your place NOW on Eventbrite here!

 YE Scotland is a registered charity with over 40 years’ experience engaging school pupils with the world of enterprise. We are at the forefront of enterprise, education and employability for over 13,000 young people in Scotland aged 5-30 with a vision of making them more employable, entrepreneurial and enterprising.

Young Enterprise Scotland took over the semi-derelict buildings tucked away within Rouken Glen Park in 2014 to deliver our Pathway Programmes for young people who are disengaged from further education.  We also run our own Social Enterprise YES Works on-site which delivers local landscaping and gardening services.

Please join us for this opportunity to see how our surroundings and facilities inspire young people, some of whom are amongst the most disadvantaged in Scotland.  Our honey bees (the original entrepreneurs!) are likely to be the highlight of the tour!

To find out what other buildings will be open during Doors Open Days in East Renfrewshire, click here.

St Monan’s Windmill – Open for Doors Open Days in Fife East on Sunday 2nd September 11:00-16:00


Access is courtesy of Coastwatch St Monans; enjoy a section of Fife's coastal path on the approach to this fine example of 18th Century industrial engineering, a rare surviving windmill in Fife.

You will learn the history of salt production in Fife but also about how sailors are made safer off this coast, from the volunteers of the Coastwatch St Monans team doing extra duty today for Doors Open Day.

To find out what other buildings will be open during Doors Open Days in Fife East, click here.


Highland Hospice – Open for Doors Open Days in Inverness on Saturday 1st September 10:00-17:00

When faced with life shortening illness, death and bereavement, the people of the Highlands deserve the best possible care and support.  At Highland Hospice our ambition is to ensure they receive this.

During the design phase for our new Inpatient Unit, an art plan for the Hospice was developed by local arts consultants and artists.  The theme of the plan was to "make space for the natural environment".  The plan led to the Hospice adopting art objectives including:

- Enhance patient care and facilities by placing a premium on the visual aesthetic of all aspects of the Hospice building.

- Offer patients a range of opportunities for consolation, comfort and stimulation through participation in or experiencing the arts.

Please note - some areas of the building may be out of bounds in order to respect the privacy of our patients.  However we will endeavour to show visitors as much as possible on the day.

To find out what other buildings will be open for Doors Open Days in Highland –  Inverness and Surrounding Area, click here.


Bowling Basin and the Bowling Harbour Project – Open for Doors Open Days in West Dunbartonshire on Saturday 1st September 10:00-16:00

This is the most western end of the Forth and Clyde Canal. Besides the boats and lockgates, there is the old rail bridge above and the arches below. This all comes under Scottish Canals, but your host today is the Bowling Harbour Project which you can find based in Arch 7 looking onto the Basin.

The arches now house a variety of commercial units. Those on the canal section have such things as cycle hire. Those overlooking the Basin have arts and crafts. The Bowling Harbour Project is a creative arts and heritage project and will be arranging stalls and activities. That includes a guided look at the basin and canal, its history and features that many visitors usually miss.


To find out what other buildings will be open for Doors Open Days in West Dunbartonshire, click here.

Mill on the Fleet – Open for Doors Open Days in Dumfries and Galloway on Saturday 1st September, 10am – 5pm


The Mill on the Fleet was built in 1788 as a cotton spinning mill - the water wheel on the gable end was used to drive the machinery to spin the cotton. The separate longer wheel was connected to machinery in another mill building, now ruined, but both mill wheels have now been reconnected to the original water supply and it is hoped that their motion will be harnessed for practical use in the future.

Mill on the Fleet was restored as a visitor centre by Dumfries and Galloway Council in the 1980’s. As well as the wheels, the mill has displays of the Fleet Valley, a welcoming café, a shop and special exhibitions.

To find out what other buildings will be open during Doors Open Days in Dumfries and Galloway, click here.

We look forward to seeing how you enjoyed Doors Open Days on social media. If you do take any photos, be sure to tag us and use our hashtag, #dodscot!