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Michael Hitchon
Kyle & Carrick Civic Society
1 Barns Terrace
Ayr
KA7 2DB
Tel: 01292 619800

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Ayrshire:  05 September 2015 – 06 September 2015

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 2015 there will be many buildings taking part in Ayrshire's Doors Open Day - watch this space as details are added...

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Girvan: McKechnie Institute
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05.09.15 (10.30 am to 4 pm)
40A Dalrymple Street, Girvan,  KA26 9AE
Scottish Baronial landmark building by McKissock and Rowan, 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, Musical Instruments, Victorian Sitting Room and Victorian Bedroom.

Guided tours available.

Wheelchair access on ground floor only.  

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Girvan: Stumpy Tower
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05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (2 pm to 4 pm )
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 paintings illustrating history of Girvan and Robert the Bruce. 

Guided tours available. 

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
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06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm )
Fullarton Street, Ayr,  KA7 1UB
Category A listed, 13th century Gothic in style. His designs for tower and steeple were abadoned and a truncated tower by Roger Pinkney completed the building in 1964. Outstanding stained glass by Clayton & Bells and others. Splendid reredos. Service 10.30 am. 
Architect: John Loughborough Pearson
Building Date: 1898
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Irvine Burns Club
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06.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
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.  

Barometer from irvine Lifeboat Station last seen in irvine 1914 now returned. 

Guided tours, exhibition and audio visual display.

NB  Wheelchair access, ground floor only. 

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Irvine Old Parish Church
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06.09.15 (1.30 pm to 4.30 pm)
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.

Designated Commonwealth Grave graveyard.  Waterloo Memorial re-dedicated on 18 June.   


Building Date: 1774

Tour of graveyard at 2.30 pm

Service 11 am

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

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Irvine: Harbour Arts Centre
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05.09.15 (10 am to 4.30 pm) - 06.09.15 (11 am to 4.30 pm)
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.

Exhibitions: Faces and Places, landscapes and portraits by Ken O'Hara; Driven to Abstraction, close observations of surfaces and textures by Chick McGeehan. 

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Kilbirnie: Auld Kirk of Kilbirnie
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05.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm ) - 06.09.15 (1 pm to 4 pm)
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 am

Image (c) wwww.scran.ac.uk

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Kilmarnock Fire and Rescue Station
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06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm)
33 Campbell Street, Riccarton, Kilmarnock,  KA1 4HL
Kilmarnock Fire and Rescue Station - Image 1

Fully operational with modern fire appliances, Ariel Rescue Platform and Major 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.

Photo  Credit:  G. Michael Hitchon.

Guided Tour.  

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Kilmarnock: Sheriff and J.P Court
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05.09.15 (11 am to 3 pm)
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

Image (c) www. scran.ac.uk

Last tour 2.30pm. 

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Kilwinning Abbey Tower Heritage Centre
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05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (11 am to 4 pm)
Kilwinning Town Centre, Kilwinning,  KA13 6EG
Kilwinning Abbey Tower Heritage Centre - Image 1

Designed by David Hamilton, completed 1816, and built on the foundations of the NW tower of the 12th centuy Tironensian Abbey. Staffed by volunteers from Kilwinning Heritage. Displays on the Abbey, Robert Service 'The Bard of the Yukon', the Ancient Society of Kilwinning Archers and the papingo competition dating from 1483, matchstick models and local history. Working clock mechanism 1816 by James Blair and two large bells on display.


Architect: David Hamilton
Building Date: 1816

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 Old Parish Church
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06.09.15 (2 pm to 4 pm)
Main Street, Kilwinning,  KA13 6AE
Kilwinning Old Parish Church - Image 1John Swan, c.1774. Simple T-plan. Attractive Eglinton Loft supported on Corinthian columns. Stained glass by W & J J Kier, Stephen Adam, Abbey Studio, Sax Shaw and Paul Lucky. Foster & Andrew organ 1887. Wall tapestry and
800th anniversary window. Cole Hamilton screen.
Architect: John Swan
Building Date: c1774

Service:  10.30

Musical entertainment.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Kilwinning: Mansefield Trinity Church
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05.09.15 (10 am to 2 pm) - 06.09.15 (2 pm to 4 pm)
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.
Architect: James F Stephen
Building Date: 2001
The building is multi-purpose and reflects current thinking, being open and accessible.
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Kirkmichael Parish Church
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05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm )
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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06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm)
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.

 

 

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Largs: Largs Museum
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05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (2 pm to 5 pm)
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. 

Exhibitions

 

Guided tour available. 

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Largs: Masonic Temple
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06.09.15 (1 pm to 4 pm)
64 Fraser Street, Largs,  KA30 9HP
Opened in 1910 and still largely in original condition with many original features and furniture.
Collection of Masonic Memorabilia.
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Largs: Royal Observer Corps Museum
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06.09.15 (Pre-booking essential)
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. 

Opening Sunday.  Pre-booking essentail.  Guided tour for 10 led by ex-ROC personnel lasts an hour.

Tel:  07513 504115 to reserve a place. 

 

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Largs: Skelmorlie Aisle
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05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (2 pm to 5 pm)
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.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Largs: St Columba's Parish Church
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05.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm) - 06.09.15 (2 pm to 4 pm)
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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06.09.15 (11 am to 4 pm)
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 10.00 am.

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National Burns Memorial Tower
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06.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm )
N end of town on A76, Kilmarnock Road, Mauchline,  KA5 5LQ
National Burns Memorial Tower - Image 1The 67ft tower in Scots Baronial style was designed by William Fraser and completed in 1898 as a memorial to the poet in the place where he first rose to fame.  It houses limited displays and excellent views of Ayrshire and is now open to the public by appointment. 
Architect: William Fraser
Building Date: 1898

Exhibition and Guided Tour available. 

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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North Ayrshire Heritage Centre
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05.09.15 (10 am to 1 pm; 2 pm to 5 pm)
Manse Street, Saltcoats,  KA21 5HB

Former Ardrossan Parish Church built 1773.  Here Ancestry, Artefacts and Archives come together to illustrate the rich history of North Ayrshire.  Whether your interests lie in family history, local history or exhibitions, there is a wealth of resources for everyone to explore and enjoy.  

 


Building Date: 1776

Exhibition:  Magic in the Nursery

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Portencross Castle
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05.09.15 (11 am to 4 pm)
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.

Image (c) G. Michael Hitchin

 

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Riccarton Parish Church and graveyard
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06.09.15 (1.30 pm to 4 pm)
21 Old Street, Riccarton, Kilmarnock,  KA1 4DX

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 Graveyard. 


Building Date: 1825, 1910

Service 11 am.

Guided Tour.  

 

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Scottish Maritime Museum
New This Year
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05.09.15 (10 am to 5.30 pm)
Gottries Road, Irvine,  KA12 8QE

Explore the vast Linthouse Building of 1872, the largest category A brick building to be moved.  Learn about Scotland's maritime history, view historic boats, get hands-on with history with interactive exhibits.

 

Step back in time with a tour of the 1920s shipyard workers tenement flat.   

NB   The Red Arrows are doing a Fly Past over the museum on 5 September, They are scheduled to fly over over Linthouse Building - with smoke on - after they have been at the Air show in Ayr.  (The planes will be coming in from the direction of the sea between 16.52 and 16.57.)

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Skelmorie: Royal Observer Monitoring Post Museum
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05.09.15 (Pre-booking essential)
23 Post Skelmorlie, Ayrshire

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

The first fully restored monitoring post (built 1965) in Scotland following the 1991 stand-down of the ROC facilities that would have reported nuclear explosion and fall out in the Firth of Clyde.


Building Date: 1965

Pre-booking essential.

Tour lasting an hour restricted to six adults and teenagers.

To book call: 07513 504115 to reserve a place. 

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St Peter in Chains RC Church
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06.09.15 (12 noon 4 pm)
1 South Crescent Road, Ardrossan,  KA22 8DU
Category A church by Jack Coia and T Wharnett Kennedy, 1938, in red and yellow brick with red tiled roof rectangular tower and a simple, impressive interior. New stained glass by Lighthouse Glass of Irvine. Parish Centre added 1997; the Presbytery rebuilt 2006. Services Saturday 10 am & 5.30 pm; Sunday 10.30 am. 
Architect: Jack Coia, T Warnett Kennedy
Building Date: 1938
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St Quivox Church
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06.09.15 (2 pm to 4 pm)
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

Service 11.30 am.

Guided Tour. 

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Stair Parish Church
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06.09.15 (2 pm to 4 pm)
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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06.09.15 (1 pm to 4 pm )
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
Service 12 noon.
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Symington Parish Church
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05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm)
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 am.  

Guided Tour. 

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Tarbolton Masonic Lodge
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06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm)
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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06.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
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

Recording on display shows successful rearing of three owlets. Displays of Industrial heritage including old bottles, Ayrshire bricks, local archaeology, geology and ecology.  

Narrow approach roads.

 Guided Tour. 

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University of the West of Scotland + SRUC
New This Year
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05.09.15 (10 am to 3 pm)
University Avenue , Ayr,  KA8 0SX
New Ayr Campus by RMJM 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. 
Architect: RMJM
Building Date: 2011

Guided Tour. 

Photo credit: ayrshirescotland.com

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West Kilbride: The Barony Centre
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05.09.15 (10 am to 5 pm) - 06.09.15 (12 noon to 5 pm)
50 Main Street, West Kilbride,  KA23 9AR
West Kilbride: The Barony Centre - Image 1

Superb church conversion for Craft Town Scotland. 

Winner of GIA Design Award, and HC + C in RIAS Awards.   

Exhibition:  Hidden Agenda: Socially Conscious Craft, a Crafts Council touring show which includes a pot by Grayson Perry.

Photo  Credit:  G. Michael Hitchon.

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