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Michael Hitchon
Kyle & Carrick Civic Society
1 Barns Terrace
Ayr
KA7 2DB
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Ayrshire:  05 September 2014 – 07 September 2014

Doors Open Days in Ayrshire are organised by volunteers from the Kyle & Carrick Civic Society, with help from other voluntary groups.  Established in 1967, the Society campaigns to protect and improve the environment.  It has a particular interest in the conservation of historic buildings, protection of open space, the improvement of public transport and the encouragement of continued residential use of town centres.  Membership is open to all who support these aims.

In 2014 there will be many buildings taking part in Ayrshire's Doors Open Day - watch this space as details are added...

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Ardrossan: St Andrew's Scottish Episcopal Church
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06.09.14 (10.00-16.00) - 07.09.14 (13.00-16.00)
South Crescent Road , Ardrossan,  KA22 8EA
David Thomson, 1875, in Early English style. Notable stained glass by Clayton & Bell, LC Evetts, Crucifixion by JEW Guthrie, and Angel Gathering Tulips by Harrington Man; reredos paintings by William Hole.
Architect: David Thomson
Building Date: 1875

Refreshments available on Saturday. 

Service 11.30 am.

Exhibition. 

Musical entertainment.

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Ardrossan: St Peter in Chains RC Church
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07.09.14 (12:00-16:00)
1 South Crescent Road, Ardrossan,  KA22 8DU
Ardrossan: St Peter in Chains RC Church - Image 1

Category A church designed by Jack Coia and T Wharnett Kennedy, 1938, in red and yellow brick with red tiled roof and a simple, impressive interior.  New stained glass by Lighthouse Glass of Irvine. 

 


Architect: Jack Coia and T Wharnett Kennedy
Building Date: 1938

Services - Saturday 10.00 am and 5.30 pm, and Sunday 10.30.

Guided tours.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Ardrossan: The Old Town Hall (HLF)
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07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
Harbour Street, Ardrossan,  KA22 8BS

Built 1858, eleven years after Ardrossan became a burgh, and used as town hall until 1946 when the Council and local Masonic Lodge St John RA No. 320 agreed that the Lodge take over the building. 

Exterior stonework restored 1997/8 with assistance from national and local bodies. Original town clock.


Building Date: 1858

Guided tours.

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Auchinleck House
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07.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Auchinleck, Cumnock,  KA18 2LR
Auchinleck House - Image 1Built c.1760 by Lord Auchinleck, and inherited by his son James Boswell, biographer of Dr Johnson. Johnson visited the house in 1773. Good example of 18th century villa. Classical design is strongly influenced by Adam. Fine pediment with elaborate detail and quote from Horace about contentment to be found in country life. Saved by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.
Building Date: c 1760

Restoration completed by the Landmark Trust  with splendid plasterwork and period furniture.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Ayr Sheriff and J.P Court
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07.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Wellington Square, Ayr,  KA7 1EE
Ayr Sheriff and J.P Court - Image 1Purpose built classical courthouse with majestic four-columned ionic portico. Recently refurbished to provide two large jury courts, two small non-jury courts, witness and jury rooms and custody area. Interesting stained glass.
Architect: Robert Wallace
Building Date: 1818-22

Guided tour available. 

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Ayr: Auld Kirk of Ayr
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06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Access from High Street at Kirkport or River Walk, Ayr,  KA7 1QB
Ayr: Auld Kirk of Ayr - Image 1

Successor church to mediaeval St John's (at Bruce Crescent), funded partly by one thousand merks to assist in building the new kirk to succeed original relinquished by Cromwellian army of occupation.

Family church of Robert Burns, whose father was an elder. Fine interior with original pulpit, stained glass and three notable lofts.


Architect: Theophilus Rankeine
Building Date: 1654

Sunday Service 11.00.

Wheelchair access, ground floor only.

Refreshments in hall 11am to 3pm. 

Image (c) P. McKeand

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Ayr: Belleisle Conservatory
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (12:00-16:00)
Belleisle Park KA7 4DU
Ayr: Belleisle Conservatory - Image 1

Original constructed 1879 for foundry owner William Smith Dixon, rebuilt by Mackenzie & Moncur, now vandalised. The charity Belleisle Conservatory Ltd was formed 2010 to raise funds to rebuild this much-loved building.

 


Building Date: 1879

Plants for sale plus other entertainment.

Guided tours available.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Ayr: Former Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
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07.09.14 (13.00-16.00)
Dalmilling Crescent, Ayr,  KA8 0QL
The building designed by WIlliam Cowie and Torry as a parish church and completed in 1957, was elevated to Cathedral status in 1961. Following its closure, redeveloped by Ayrshire Housing in 2012 to a deisgn by Gordon Fleming of Ayr-based ARPL Architects. Retaining the tower and gable of the Category C listed building, 25 new houses and flats have been erected in a form that respects the legacy of the cathedral building. 
Architect: Wiliam Cowie and Torry
Building Date: 1957

Exhibition and guided tours available.

Access to the courtyard only through the refurbished main doors.  

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Ayr: Holy Trinity Church
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
Fullarton Street, near Bus Station, Ayr,  KA7 1UB
Ayr: Holy Trinity Church - Image 1John Loughborough Pearson, 1898.  Category A listed, 13th century Gothic in style.  His designs for tower and steeple were abandoned and a truncated tower by Roger Pinkney completed the building in 1964.  Outstanding stained glass by Clayton & Bell and others.  Splendid reredos. 
Architect: John Loughborough Pearson
Building Date: 1898

Service  10.30. 

Guided tour available.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Ayr: Loudoun Hall
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07.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Through Boat Vennel, from New Bridge Street, Ayr,  KA7 1UB
Ayr: Loudoun Hall  - Image 1Comfortable dwelling of James Tait, merchant who traded with Europe, first recorded in late 15th century. Purchased in 16th century as the town house of the Campbells of Loudoun, hereditary sheriffs of Ayr. Rescued from demolition by 4th Marquess of Bute and restored from 1948 by architect Robert Hurd. Refurbished 1998.
Building Date: 15C

Displays by Ayrshire Philatelic Society, Ayr Photographic Society, and Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society and Kyle and Carrick Civic Society.  Guided tour.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Ayr: No.125 Masonic Lodge
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07.09.14 (11.00-15.00)
Fullarton Street, Ayr,  KA7 1UB
Lodge St james Newton on Ayr consecrated 1771 and moved here to former Newnham School for girls 1931. See Souter Johnnie's Masonic Apron and other artefacts including fine stained glass windows.

Disabled access on ground floor only. 

Guided tours available.  

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Ayr: St Andrew's Parish Church
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07.09.14 (13.00-16.00)
Park Circus, Ayr,  KA7 2DL
Perpendicular Gothic in red sandstone, 1893 with landmark 146 ft spire. Hall built in 1897 by William McClelland, extended in 1963 and 1983.
Architect: John B Wilson
Building Date: 1893

Fine stained glass by John Blyth, CWS Design of Lisburn, Marcus Lundie and G Maile Studios of Canterbury and Roland Mittland. 

Guided tours available.

Service 11.00am.

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Ayr: Tower of St John's
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07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
Bruce Crescent, Ayr,  KA7 1JJ
Ayr: Tower of St John's  - Image 1Remaining part of the original parish church of Ayr. The church, in its time the largest in Ayrshire, was cruciform in shape and the tower was perhaps added in the 14th century. In 1315 Robert the Bruce convened the Scottish Parliament in the church. Restored by J K Hunter for the 3rd Marquess of Bute in 1913-14. A landmark to seamen, it offers magnificent panoramic views.
Building Date: c.1300

Guided tour available. Stout footwear required, supervised access.

Image (c) www. scran.ac.uk

 

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Ayr: University of the West of Scotland + SRUC
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06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
University Avenue, Ayr,  KA8 0SX
Ayr: University of the West of Scotland + SRUC - Image 1

New Ayr Campus opened 2011 providing state-of-the-art facilities for the teaching of Education, Health, Creative Industries and Land-based Studies.

Building shared by UWS and SRUC with shared library and IT facilities in Riverside location.  

Highly rated green credentials.


Building Date: 2011
Guided tours and display/ demonstrations of student work available. 

Photo  Credit:  G. Michael Hitchon.

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Barrmill Park and Gardens
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (10:00-16:00)
On B706 Beith to Dunlop road KA15 1HW

Vale Grove and Vale View (Beechgrove) Gardens created by the Barrmill Conservation Group, the Barrmill & District Community Association and other volunteers, assisted by NAC Ranger & Service.

 


Building Date: 2012

Features include restord Dead Man's Planting site of 19th century cholera pit, wish tress, wishing wells and doodrs to Elfhame.

Tree planting ceremony in the name of and celebration of Kyle and Carrick Civic Society. 

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Beith Parish Church and Hall
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07.09.14 (14.00-16.00)
Kirk Road, Beith,  KA15 1EX
Beith Parish Church and Hall - Image 1

Built 1807-10 to replace Auld Kirk, extended 1885.  Gothic T-plan church with prominent tall five-stage tower.  Interior woodwork of note by craftsmen employed in local furniture industry.  Imposing organ, and stained glass by Gordon Webster.

Image (c) G. Michael Hitchon 


Building Date: 1807-10
Exhibition, tours and audio visual displays.
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Beith: Auld Kirk and Kirkyard
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06.09.14 (10.00-16.00) - 07.09.14 (14.00-16.00)
Beith Cross in town centre., 200 yard from Townhouse., Beith,  KA25 6HY
Beith: Auld Kirk and Kirkyard - Image 1On site of original parish church.  A church was built c.1590 with later 18th century extensions.  The 1590 church was demolished early 19th century when a new church was built up the hill.  Part of the 18th century extensions and belfry were retained with the burial ground, which contains some original gravestones.  Plaque marks links with Rev John Witherspoon, a signatory to the US Declaration of Independence.
Building Date: 1590

Exhibition and tours.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Beith: Townhouse
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06.09.14 (10.00-16.00) - 07.09.14 (14.00-16.00)
Corner of The Strand and Eglinton Street., Beith,  KA15 1DT
Beith: Townhouse - Image 1Classic Georgian building with attractive belfry, funded from public subscriptions and opened 1817 to replace earlier building.  Ground floor reopened by Beith Cultural and Heritage Society April 2011 as an Information and Heritage Centre.
Building Date: 1817

Exhibition: Boys Brigade, Scouts and Girl Guides in Beith, .

One hour guided walk of Historic Beith: Saturday 10.30 a.m,; Sunday 2.30 p.m. 

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Dailly Parish Church and Hall
New This Year
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06.09.14 (10:00-16:00) - 07.09.14 (12:00-16:00)
Main Street, Dailly, South Ayrshire ,  KA26 9SA
Dailly Parish Church and Hall - Image 1Church built in 1766 is a blend of vernacular and polite architecture of the period, with an attractive tower and occupying a prominent site in the village. Exhibition in Church Hall: Ailsa Craig, the island in our parish. Serice at 11 a.m.

Image (c) G.Michael Hitchon
Building Date: 1766

Exhibition: Ailsa Craig, the island in our parish

Guided tour available.

 

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Dundonald Castle
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07.09.14 (10.00-16.30)
Dundonald,  KA2 9HD
Dundonald Castle - Image 114th century tower-house of Robert II, founder of the Stewart dynasty. Impressive barrel-vaulted laigh hall above which is a stately upper hall with remains of elegant rib-vaulting. Gloomy prison with fireplace and latrine surmounts oubliette.
Building Date: 13th -14th century

Regret castle not fully accessible to wheelchair users. Visitor Centre with café and exhibition open to 5pm.

Exhibition and guided tours.

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Dundonald Parish Church
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07.09.14 (13.00-16.00)
Main Street, On the B730, Irvine to Tarbolton road, Dundonald,  KA2 9HG

Traditional stone church of 1804 on site of two earlier buildings.  Fine pre-Raphaelite stained glass, including windows by Henry Dearle, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, Philip Webb and Gordon Webster.  

Pipe Organ 1906 by Norman and Beard.  Artefacts illustrating church history.  Tidy graveyard with some interesting stones. 


Building Date: 1804

Church can be found at the top of Main Street, Dundonald.  Guided tours.

Service at 11.00

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Dunlop: Church of Scotland
New This Year
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07.09.14 (13:00-16:00)
Dunlop Kirk , Main Street Dunlop,  KA3 4AG
Dunlop: Church of Scotland - Image 1

Category-B listed building of 1835 incorporating earlier work from 1621. Outstanding 26 stained glass windows, unusual in a rual village.

Recent 4-year major restorationand refurbishment programme following outbreak of dry rot, cost £3/4M. Two important Category-A listed buildingadjacent: early 17th century Hans Hamilton's Tomb of Dunlop's first post-Reformation minister, and Clandeboye's Hall (formerly village school) built to honour Hans Hamilton by one of his sons, Viscount Clandeboye. 

 Service 11.30am.


Building Date: 1835

Photo is Credit:  G. Michael Hitchon.

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Dunure: Harbour and Lighthouse
New This Year
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06.09.14 (12.00-16.00) - 07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
Dunure,  KA7 4LN
Dunure: Harbour and Lighthouse - Image 1

The harbour celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2011. Conceived by Thomas Kennedy, it was an ambitious plan to create a harbour on a difficult stretch of rocky coastline. The tower was a vital element in recognising the entrance and its function may be unique in Scotland.

Housing and limekilns are all that remain of his grandiose plan, but the fishing community thrived and there are still lobster boats and pleasure craft using the harbour today.

Image (c) G. Michael Hitchon 


Building Date: c.1811
Guided tours available.
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Fairlie Parish Church
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06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Built as a Chapel of Ease in 1843. and extended in 1883  by J J Stevenson. Superb windows by Alfred  and Gordon Webster, J H Dearle, Morris, Powell and Moira Malcolm of Prestwick. Pulpit by Bennett exhibited in 1888 Empire Exhibition.  Weather vane is model of Fife's yacht design Latifa. Fairlie Stone, early medieval sculptured stone, 1578 'Breeches' Bible, HMS Kingfisher memorial lost off Farilie 1944.


Architect: JJ Stevenson
Building Date: 1883

 

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Fenwick Parish Church
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07.09.14 (14.00-16.00)
Kirkton Road, Fenwick,  KA3 6DJ
Fenwick Parish Church - Image 1

A village kirk within a farming community. 370th anniversary of this Greek cross-shaped Kirk. On display: The Covenanter's flag raised at the Battle of Drumclog, Captain Paton's Bible, an embroidered hanging plus a large number of Covenanting memorials. Site of the signing of the world's first known Co-operative charter. 


Building Date: 1643

Exhibition, audio-visual display and guided tour.

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Galston: Barr Castle
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07.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Barr Street, (in Town Centre), Galston,  KA4 8HU
Galston: Barr Castle  - Image 1

An old Norman keep built by the Lockhart family after an invasion of Anglo-Norman people in the 12th and 13th centuries.  George Wishart 1545 and John Knox 1556, the Scottish reformers, both preached here as church doors were locked against them. 

Home of Lodge St Peter 331 for over a hundred years.


Building Date: 15th century

Guided tour. Exhibition. Birds of prey display.

Demonstration by Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club, call sign GMOADX.

New community garden. 

Photo is Credit:  G. Michael Hitchon.

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Galston: Loudoun Kirk (HLF)
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07.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Side road off A719, Opposite Loudoun Castle Park entrance, Galston,  KA4 8PF
Galston: Loudoun Kirk (HLF) - Image 1Recently restored 12th century Kirk.  Partially restored by 3rd Marquess of Bute in 1898.  Covenanters’ graves, including Thomas Fleming, ancestor to Sir Alexander Fleming.  The memorial to the tragic Lady Flora Hastings is prominent in the Kirkyard.  Preservation work supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland and work with the Carved Stones of Scotland Association.  Display of paintings and photographs inspired by Loudoun Kirk. 
Building Date: 1451

Guided tour. Exhibition.

Stewarding by The Friends of Loudoun Kirk.

Image (c) Friends of Loudoun Kirk

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Galston: St Sophia's RC Church (HLF)
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07.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Bentinck Street, Galston,  KA4 8HT
Galston: St Sophia's RC Church (HLF) - Image 1Category A Byzantine-style red brick church, designed by Anderson for 3rd marquess of Bute, clearly inspired by Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. Interior design and diocesan links with William Burgess. Recent renovation part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland.
Architect: Robert Rowand Anderson
Building Date: 1885-86

Exhibition; guided tour; audio-visual display.

Mass Sunday 11.30.

Image (c) G. Michael Hitchin

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Garnock Valley Allotments
New This Year
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07.09.14 (12:00- 16:00)
Sersely Drive, Kilbirnie,  KA25 6EY
Community project with plots to suit all ages and abilities. Aim is to promote health living, diet, fresh air and exercise and to streghthen community spirit in the Garnock Valley.
Guided tour available.
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Girvan: McKechnie Institute
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06.09.14 (10.30-16.00) - 07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
40A Dalrymple Street, Girvan,  KA26 9AE
Scottish Baronial landmark building by McKissock and Rown, Glasgow, 1888 from bequest of local merchant, Thomas McKechnie, the institute houses an Arts and Museum Centre run by South Ayrshire Council. 
Architect: McKissock and Rowan
Building Date: 1888

Ailsa Craig display and Bronze Age cinerary urns.

Exhibitions: Open Art and Paintings from the former Burgh of Girvan Collections. 

Guided tours available.

Wheelchair access on ground floor only.  

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Girvan: Stumpy Tower
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07.09.14 (12.00-14.00)
In town centre, Girvan,  KA26 9EU
Girvan: Stumpy Tower - Image 1Erected 1825-27 to serve as a jail with cells on first, second and third floors, all barrel vaulted. Following loss of adjoining McMaster Hall by fire in 1939 it is now free standing.
Building Date: 1825-27

Exhibits include 16th century wrought iron cannon, maps and photographs.

Guided tours available. 

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Hansel Estate
New This Year
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
On Main Road, Symington,  KA1 5PU
Hansel Estate - Image 1

The estate comprises several buildings used for service provision for adults with learning disabilities. Visit Murdoch House, administration HQ. It was built 1931-34 as Broadmeadowsfor J Percival Agnew and designed by Mervyn Noad in English Manorial Arts and Crafts style. Many original features inclusing a fine carved oak staircase inside and fine stone carvings outside.

New state of the art eco-friendly Our Space at the Baird Centre is a clever redevelopment by David Ferguson of former garages to provide a fantastic new community resource. It is a purpose built therapy centre offering specialist through-the-day support and activities for people living with a learning disability including related dementia. It has ground source heating and recycles rainwater. 


Architect: Mervyn Noad, David Ferguson

Lindy's Tearoom is a circular building where light refreshments area available. Visitors are welcome to walk around the estate; please respect the privacy of residents. Hansel Foundation Golden Jubilee 2013.

Exhibition, musical entertainment and guided tours available.  

Image (c) G.Michael Hitchon

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Irvine Burns Club
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07.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Wellwood, Eglinton Street, Irvine,  KA12 8AS
Fascinating display of original Burns material and items of the Royal Burgh of Irvine.  Collection of holograph letters, including Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Margaret Thatcher.  Audio-visual display illustrating Burns’ life in Irvine.  Interesting glass in stairs and music room by Paul Lucky.  Irvine Burns Club, founded in 1826 and one of the oldest, has one of Scotland’s most significant Burns treasure troves.  New statue by Alan B Herriot.

Guided tours, exhibition and audio visula display.

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Irvine Old Parish Church
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07.09.14 (13.30-16.30)
Kirkgate, off Hill Street, Irvine,  KA12 0DG
Irvine Old Parish Church - Image 1

Largely built 1774. Elegant steeple. Stained glass by W and J J Kier, with 1996 window by Susan Bradbury to commemorate 200th anniversary of death of Robert Burns, who worshipped here during his stay in Irvine.

Churchyard has several noteworthy graves and memorials, some dating back to Pre-Reformation.  David Sillar is buried here and one of the Mauchline Belles.


Building Date: 1774

Tour of graveyard at 14.30.

Service 11.00

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk (Susan Bradbury window)

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Irvine: Harbour Arts Centre
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06.09.14 (10.00-16.30) - 07.09.14 (11.00-16.30)
Harbourside, 114-116 Harbour Street, Irvine,  KA12 8PZ
Irvine: Harbour Arts Centre - Image 1

Multi-function arts centre with theatre, studio and gallery spaces, plus stylish cafe bar and foyer, Scottish Arts Council funded. Cultural hub for North Ayrshire. 

Exhibition: The Piper's Paintings by Jim Butler.

Photo is of 'Sea Window' by Susan Bradbury. Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Kilbirnie: Auld Kirk of Kilbirnie
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06.09.14 (10.00-16.00) - 07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
At junction of B780 and B777, Kilbirnie,  KA25 6HY
Kilbirnie: Auld Kirk of Kilbirnie - Image 1

First mentioned in 1127, with an almost unbroken list of incumbents since 1361. Tower built 1490; Aisle built 1597 and Crawford Gallery 1642 with its unique woodwork and Armorials. C S S Johnston added northern extension 1903-05. Superb windows by Guthrie & Wells, James Ballantine, Gordon Webster and Arthur Spiers, and carved work make this one of the finest churches in Scotland.


Building Date: Founded 1470

Sunday Service 11 a.m

Image (c) wwww.scran.ac.uk

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Kilmarnock Fire and Rescue Station
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07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
Campbell Street, Riccarton, Kilmarnock,  KA1 4JZ
Kilmarnock Fire and Rescue Station - Image 1

Fully operational with modern fire appliances, Ariel Rescue platform and Majpr Incident Unit. Up to date training facilities and community safety education room with 55 operational fire fighters.

Built on the site of Riccarton Castle, birthplace of Alan Wallace, father of William Wallace.

Guided tour and exhibition.

Photo  Credit:  G. Michael Hitchon.

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Kilmarnock: Riccarton Parish Church and Graveyard
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07.09.14 (13.30-16.00)
Old Street, Riccarton,  KA1 4ED
Landmark building standing on former Moot Hill.  Category B listed, opened 1825.  Chancel added 1910 and beautiful War memorial window 1919.  Former minister, Rev Alexander Moodie mentioned by Burns in The Twa Herds and The Holy Fair, is buried in the Kirkyard.
Building Date: 1825

Guided tours.

Service at 11am. 

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Kilmarnock: Sheriff and J.P Court
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06.09.14 (11.00-15.00)
St Marnock Street, Kilmarnock,  KA1 1ED
Kilmarnock: Sheriff  and J.P Court  - Image 1Modern red sandstone court complex completed 1987. Two large jury courts, three small non-jury courts, sheriffs' chambers, witness and jury rooms, staff offices and solicitors’ facilities. Lower ground floor area for custody section.
Architect: David M Gregory
Building Date: 1987

Guided tours and audio visual display.

Last tour at 2.30pm. 

Image (c) www. scran.ac.uk

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Kilwinning Abbey Tower Heritage Centre
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (11.00-16.00)
Kilwinning Town Centre, Kilwinning,  KA13 6EG
Kilwinning Abbey Tower Heritage Centre - Image 1

David Hamilton replaced the NW tower of the 12th century Tironensian Kilwinning Abbey in 1816 after it had been struck by lightning in 1809.

The Heritage Centre has displays on the Abbey , the Tower, Robert Burns, Robert Service and local history. Census records, matchstick models, clock mechanism and bells to view.  Access to top of Tower possible for magnificent views. 


Architect: David Hamilton
Building Date: 1816

Exhibition and guided tour.

Guided tours up 143 steps to the roof for the best views of Ayrshire.

French, German and Spanish translations available for history of Abbey and Tower.

Photo Credit:  G. Michael Hitchon.

 

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Kilwinning: Mansefield Trinity Church
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06.09.14 (10:00-14:00) - 07.09.14 (14.00-16.00)
West Doura Way, Stevenson Road, Kilwinning,  KA13 6DY
The first Church of Scotland church built in the new millennium and dedicated in March 2001. Designed by James F Stephen, the building has a distinctive round design, which creates a light and airy atmosphere. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow the church to be flooded with sunlight during services throughout the year.
The building is multi-purpose and reflects current thinking, being open and accessible.
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Kilwinning: Mother Lodge No.0 Masonic Museum
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07.09.14 (14.00-16.00)
99 Main Street, Kilwinning,  KA13 6AW
The Mother Lodge was founded in Kilwinning c. 1140. Present building consecrated 1893. Masonic and other artefacts, some dating back to the early 17th century, portraits, furnishings, and transcription of Lodge Minute Book of 1600.
Architect: John Armour
Building Date: 1883

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Kirkmichael Parish Church
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07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
Patna Road, Kirkmichael ,  KA19 7PJ
The present church dates from 1787 and is believed to be the third on the site. The central stone pulpit is a memorial to the fallen of WW1. The notable Cassillis Loft was built for and by teh kennedy Family. Splendid stained glass windows, Covenanters' memorial in the Kirkyward.
Building Date: c.1787
Serivce 10.30am.
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Largs: Clark Memorial Church
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07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
Bath Street, Largs,  KA30 8BL
Largs: Clark Memorial Church - Image 1T G Abercrombie, 1890-92. Impressive Early Gothic decorated style in red sandstone. Rich interior with hammerbeam roof, organ by Willis, stained glass by C W Whall, Stephen Adam and Meikle & Sons.
Architect: T G Abercrombie
Building Date: 1890-92

Service 10.00 am.

Musical entertainment.

Guided tour.

Audio-visual display. 

 

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Largs: Largs Museum
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (14.00-17.00)
Kirkgate House, Manse Court, off Main Street, Largs,  KA30 8AW

Largs Museum Trust presents a fine collection of domestic artefacts, seaside souvenirs, and photographs of old Largs and Australian connections; and archival material for researchers. 

Exhibition: Local celebrations of Battle of Largs, The Pencil and our Bellman.

 

Guided tour available. 

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Largs: Masonic Temple
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07.09.14 (13:00-16.30)
64 Frazer Street, Largs,  KA30 9HP
Opened in 1910 and still largely in original condition with many original features and furniture.
Exhibition and guided tour.
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Largs: Royal Observer Corps Museum
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07.09.14
39A Moorburn Road, Largs,  KA30 9JD

Private museum containing instruments, uniforms and memorabilia relating to the aircraft reporting duties in WW2 and the potential nuclear missile attack scenarios on Scotland during the Cold War.  Contains a mock up above ground aircraft  reporting post, underground monitoring post and group control.

Open Sunday. 

Pre-booking essential. Guided tour for 10 people led by ex-ROC personnel, duration 1 hour.  

Tel. 01475 672134 to reserve a place.

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Largs: Skelmorlie Aisle
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (14.00-17.00)
within Auld Kirkyard, off Main Street, Near Museum, Largs,  KA30 8AW
Largs: Skelmorlie Aisle - Image 1Within Auld Kirkyard, off Main Street, near Museum.
1636 Renaissance-style canopied tomb within mausoleum to Montgomerie family. Splendid painted barrel-vaulted timber ceiling. Owned by Historic Scotland. Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Mausoleum in Kirkyard.
Building Date: 1636

Owned by Historic Scotland.

Guided tour.

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Largs: St Columba's Parish Church
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06.09.14 (12.00-16.00) - 07.09.14 (14.00-16.00)
Gallowgate, Largs,  KA30 8LX
Red sandstone church by Henry Steele and Andrew Balfour, 1892. Three-stage tower with spire and clock. Interesting carved octagonal pulpit and notable windows by Stephen Adam, Cottier, Douglas Strachan, Gordon Webster and Winfield. Father Willis organ. Memorial to General Sir Thomas MakDougall Brisbane, astronomer, soldier and Governor of NSW, Australia.
Architect: Henry Steele & Andrew Balfour
Building Date: 1892

Exhibition and audio-visual display. 

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Service at 11.00.

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Largs: St John's Parish Church
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07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
Bath Street, Largs,  KA30 8BH
Congregation dates from the Disruption of 1843. Building reconstructed late 19C in French Romanesque style by Archibald J Grahame, his only monument. Fine stained glass by Douglas Strachan.
Architect: Archibald J Grahame

Guided tour and audio visual display.

Service 11.00 am.

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Mauchline Parish Church
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07.09.14 (13.00-16.00 )
At junction of A76 and B743 in centre of village, Mauchline,  KA5 5BU
Present church, by William Alexander, 1829, stands on site of St Michael's Church founded in 13 century. Single bell cast in 1742. Willis pipe organ 1888, rebuilt in 1980. Associations with Covenanters and Robert Burns, many of whose contemporaries are buried in the Kirkyard.
Architect: William Alexander
Building Date: 1829

Exhibition and guided tours available. 

Service 11.15am.

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North Ayrshire Heritage Centre
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06.09.14 (10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00)
Manse Street, Saltcoats,  KA21 5AA

Former Ardrossan Parish Church built 1776, housing archives and resouces relating to local and family history. Also artifacts.

 

its collections of photographs, paintings, Victoriana and other artefacts illustrate the history of North Ayrshire from the Bronze Age to the present.


Building Date: 1776

Exhibition: Eglinton 175 with paintings, documents and artefacts from the famous tournament.

Medieval Mayhem craft and fun day for all on Sunday afternoon.

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Portencross Castle
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (11.00-16.00)
Portencross KA23 9QA
Portencross Castle - Image 1Built by Robert Boyd c.1360, and extended to form a tower with five-storey wing.  Robert II frequent visitor, signed charters here.  Semi-ruinous, but major conservation project 2010 allows access to the interior, including Great Hall with original vaulted ceiling and to the roof for spectacular views. 
Architect: Robert Boyd
Building Date: c.1360

Regret wheelchair access limited to ground floor cellar.

Exhibition. 

Image (c) G. Michael Hitchin

 

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Private Telephone Museum
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (09.00-17.00)
1 Burn Road, Near the Turf Hotel, Darvel,  KA17 0AJ
Private Telephone Museum - Image 1Private museum containing unique display of telephone memorabilia dating from early 1900s to the present. Housed within old bakehouse dating from 1767, adjacent to the Matthew Burn Green, only remaining public green in Darvel.
Building Date: 1767

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Rowallan Old Castle
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (Pre-booked tours only)
Kilmaurs,  KA3 2LP

Set in rolling parkland, Rowallan Castle is a hidden gem. It is an extraordinary Renaissance house within which is evidence of development from teh 13th to the 18th century. Visits only by appointment. 


Building Date: c.1560

As spaces on the tours are limited, all visitors must pre-book by phoning 0131 550 7603 before Wednesday 3 September. 

Guided tours Saturday and Sunday. 

 

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Skelmorie: Royal Oberver Monitoring Post Museum
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06.09.14
23 Post Skelmorlie, Ayrshire

Fifteen feet below the ground, a close-knit team of dedicated and highly trained volunteers waited for the message they hoped would never come.

Throught the Cold War, the underground monitoring post of the Royal Observer Corps at Skelmorlie played an important role as part of the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation.

Built as part of an extensive network of posts designed to confirm and report effects of a nuclear attack on the United Kingdom, this monitoring post is undergoing preservation as a tribute to the thousands of men and women who served in the Royal Observer Corps until it's stand-down in September 1991.

Measure radiation and hear attack warning with original equipment.

Access by climbing down a 15ft vertical steel ladder. Warm clothing and sensible shoes required.


Building Date: 1965

Pre-booking essential.

Tours lasting an hour restricted to six adults and teenagers.

Call Pre-booking essential.07513 504115 to reserve a place. 

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Spier's Old School Grounds
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06.09.14 (11.00-15.00)
On B706 Beith to Dunlop Road
Site of locally endowed advanced school designed by James Sellars, opened 1888 and demolished in 1984. The landscaped grounds were laid out by the Earl of Eglinton's head gardener. Since 2013, grounds sensitively restored by Friends of Spiers/ North Ayrshire Council partnership. The restored Coronation garden dating from 1953 was formally reopened in 2013. Wide range of animla and plant species, including a specimen Dawn Redwood from China planted in 1953. The Ballochmyle red sandstone entrance gates nd walls on Barrmill Road continue to be listed. 
Architect: James Sellars
Building Date: 1888
Exhibition and guided tour.
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St Margaret's Parish Church
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07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
The Cross, Dalry,  KA24 5AL
A church has been on this site since c.1604. Present building by David Thomson 1873, repaired after fire of 1951 destroyed roof and chancel. Stained glass by
Guthrie & Wells, Hemony bell c.1604, organ by Blackett & Howden rebuilt 1952 by Hill Norman & Beard.
Architect: David Thomson
Building Date: 1871-3
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St Quivox Church
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07.09.14 (14.00-16.00)
In village, Auchincruive,  KA6 5HJ
St Quivox Church - Image 1Category A-listed. The medieval building was restored in 1595 and extended to form a T-plan in 1767. Good pulpit and 18th century fittings, and the kirkyard contains the mausoleum of the Campbells of Craigie by W H Playfair, 1822.
Building Date: pre-1595, 1767

Tours. Exhibition.

Service 11.30.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Stair Parish Church
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06.09.14 (12.00-16.00) - 07.09.14 (14.00-16.00)
Stair,  KA5 5HW
Stair Parish Church - Image 1

Restrained Gothic built 1864 by architect William Alexander, in a lovely rural setting where a warm welcome awaits visitors.  Early 20th century rose window with original design drawings.  


Architect: William Alexander
Building Date: 1864

Almost full birth and marriage records and full cemetery index plus other artefacts. 

Sunday service 10.00. Guided tour; exhibition. 

Image (c) www.stairchurch.homestead.com

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Straiton Parish Church
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07.09.14 (13.00-16.00)
Straiton,  KA19 7NE
Category A listed architectural gem dating from 1758 with fine woodwork, and much interior and exterior ornamentation. Attached late 15th century chapel, bell tower of 1901, plus Covenanters' memorial in the Kirkyard.
Building Date: 15th century
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Symington Parish Church
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
In centre of village, Off A77, Symington,  KA1 5QP
Symington Parish Church - Image 112th century Norman with 18th century extension. Oldest church in Ayrshire still in use. Restoration by P McGregor Chalmers, 1919. Fine dog-toothed three-light windows and collar-beam roof with original timbers. Fine stained glass by Gordon Webster, Douglas Strachan and others. Recent restoration work.
Building Date: 12th century and 18th century extension

Sunday service 10.30.  Guided tours available.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Tarbolton Bachelors' Club
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07.09.14 (13.00-16.00)
Tarbolton Village Centre - signposted, Tarbolton,  KA5 5RB
Tarbolton Bachelors' Club - Image 1

The 17th century thatched cottage where Robert Burns and his friends formed a literary and debating society in 1780.  Restored for the Burns Bicentennial, the house contains fascinating Burns memorabilia.

Owned by the National Trust for Scotland.


Building Date: 17th Century

Exhibition and guided tour available. 

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Tarbolton Masonic Lodge
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07.09.14 (12.00-16.00)
67 Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton,  KA5 5RQ
Tarbolton Masonic Lodge - Image 1

The Lodge was consecrated in 1771 and has strong connections with Robert Burns with displays of memorabilia in Museum and Lodge room. Visitors can sit in the chair once occupied by Burns.  Photographs of the Lodge are allowed. 

Montgomerie Street is named after the first Master Alec Montgomerie of Coilsfield.  Burns was Depute Master of the Lodge 1784-88.


Building Date: 1771

Guided tour, audio-visual display and musical entertainment.

Photo Credit:  G. Michael Hitchon.

 

 

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The Owl Cote
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07.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Middlefield Farm, near Darvel TV mast public road, Newmilns,  KA16 9LS
The Owl Cote - Image 1Traditional style round tower built 2008-10 to provide nest site for wild barn owls.  Inner core uses re-cycled bricks from former lace factory. 

Image (c) G.Michael Hitchon
Building Date: 2008-10

Display of a memories bottle bank, maps indicating local archaeological sites, Burnanne pebbles, ecology and industrial heritage including bricks from redundant brickworks. 

Narrow road.

Note: Access to the Owl Cote may be restricted due to exceptionally late egg laying by the resident barn owls. 

Exhibition and tours.

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West Kilbride: Hunterston Castle and Gardens
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06.09.14 - 07.09.14 (11.00-15.00)
Hunterston Castle and Gardens, West Kilbride,  KA23 9QG
West Kilbride: Hunterston Castle and Gardens - Image 1

13th century Pele Tower restored 2001. Many unique features, including original roof beams with carpenters' marks and a fine barrel-vaulted basement.

Lived in continuously by Hunter family till 1803. Early 20th century restoration work carried out by Sir Robert Lorimer including a finely carved stone lintel of the Hunter coat of arms in the Great Hall. Now the centre of the Clan Hunter Association Worldwide.


Building Date: 13th C

Ground and first floor access only.  Guided tour.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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West Kilbride: The Barony Centre
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06.09.14 (10.00-17.00) - 07.09.14 (12.00-17.00)
50 Main Street, West Kilbride,  KA23 9AR
West Kilbride: The Barony Centre - Image 1Superb church conversion for Craft Town Scotland. Exhibition: Changing Ground.

Photo  Credit:  G. Michael Hitchon.

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