To celebrate the launch of Doors Open Days 2017 and it's own 50th anniversary, the Scottish Civic Trust invited people to nominate their favourite Scottish door for 50 consecutive days leading up to Doors Open Days. After three great weekends of opening doors (or a week if you are in Glasgow!) we would like to share some more favourite Scottish doors.
Artist, Marion Gardyne nominates The Briggait, Clyde Street, Glasgow
I nominate the ornate and detailed wrought-iron door entrance to The Briggait in Clyde Street, Glasgow. I love the craftsmanship and skill in creating this stunning doorway probably made in Glasgow.
Conservation Architect, James Simpson nominates Old Auchentroig, Stirling
My favourite door is at Old Auchentroig. It was patched at the bottom, supposedly following a fire set against it during an attack by Rob Roy MacGregor!
Douglas Campbell of Aberdeen City Heritage Trust nominates the traditional doors of Aberdeen
The varied residential doors of Aberdeen enliven streets and areas across the city.
The Whithorn Trust nominates the Whithorn Roundhouse, Nursery Field off Bruce Street, Whithorn
This door is a handmade oak door to the brand new Whithorn Roundhouse - made of oak to the width of the doorway found nearby at Black Loch of Myrton excavations, and dating to round 430BC. The doorway was found in its entirety thanks to the boggy conditions and this has been recreated at Whithorn, with its massive oak planks and showy oak facade.
Mary McLernon nominates The Tennis Court, Falkland Palace, Fife
Since I love Scottish history and The Tennis Court at Falkand Palace reputed to be the oldest surviving Royal tennis court in the world (1539). An early form of the game known as jeu de paume or game of the palm of the hand was played in the town squares and religious cloisters of medieval Europe. At Falkland, generations of Scottish kings and queens have enjoyed playing tennis, including James V’s daughter and Mary Queen of Scots. A club still plays Royal (or Real) tennis there today.
Kirsty Sutherland nominates Granton's lost Castle Garden
This new door to a very old and mysterious walled garden has allowed local residents and visitors to begin exploring, recording and restoring the late medieval walled garden in the summer of 2017, for the first time in over a decade. The temporary door is well hidden and quite modest in appearance, but leads to the magical two acre historic garden found in the most unexpected of places on Granton's post industrial waterfront.