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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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Ardrossan: St Andrew's Scottish Episcopal Church
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05.09.15 (10 am - 4 pm) - 06.09.15 (1 pm - 4 pm)
South Crescent Road , Ardrossan,  KA22 8EA
David Thomson, 1875, in Early English style, recently restored. Notable stained glass by Clayton & Bell, L C Evetts, Crucifixion by J E W Guthrie, and Angel Gathering Tulips by Harrington Man; reredos paintings by William Hole.
Architect: David Thomson
Building Date: 1875

Car boot sale on Saturday till 2 p.m. with tea room and crafts. 

Service Sunday 11.30 am.

Exhibition.

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Ardrossan: The Old Town Hall (HLF)
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06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm)
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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06.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm )
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 - Craigie Allotments
New This Year
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05.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
Craigie Park, Craigie Road , Ayr,  KA8 0SS

Established 75 years ago when local authority secured land from Miss Campbell of Craigie House.  The allotments have proved to be a popular local resource.  As the allotments are not open to the public, this is a rare opportunity to visit, learn how they operate and see the wide range of produce grown.

 

Craigie Park, bottom gate off Craigie Road; top gate of Craigie Way better for wheelchiar access to community garden.

Guided tour. 

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Ayr Gaiety Theatre
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05.09.15 (10 am to 2 pm)
Carrick Street , Ayr,  KA7 1NU
Well loved variety theatre of 1902-3 with Rococo-style auditorium by J McHardy Young, rebuilt by Alexander Cullen 1903-4 after a fire.  Re-fronted 1938 in Art Deco style, additions of 1995.  After a forced closure in 2008, campaigning and local fundraising saw the reopening by Ayr Gaiety Partnership in 2012.  Since then the Gaity has welcomed over 90,000 customers.  In September 2014 the theatre became Scotland's first 'Learning Theatre' in collaboration with the University of the West of Scotland.  

A rare opportunity to see backstage and front-of-house with a guided tour.

Wheelchair access limited. 

Guided tours available. 

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Ayr Sheriff and J.P Court
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06.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
Wellington Square, Ayr,  KA7 1EE
Ayr Sheriff and J.P Court - Image 1Robert Wallace, 1818-22.  Purpose built classical courthouse with majestic four-columned ionic portico. Refurbished to provide two large jury courts, two small non-jury courts and one civil court, witness and jury rooms and custody area. Interesting stained glass.
Architect: Robert Wallace
Building Date: 1818-22

Guided tour available. 

Mini mock trial. 

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Ayr: Auld Kirk of Ayr
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05.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
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 am.

Wheelchair access, ground floor only.

Image (c) J & P MacLeod

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Ayr: Holy Trinity Church
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06.09.15 (12 noon to 4pm)
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 am. 

Guided tour available.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Ayr: Loudoun Hall
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05.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm ) - 06.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
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 by architect Robert Hurd. Refurbished 1998.
Building Date: 15C

Displays by local voluntary groups that regularly use the building.  Guided tour.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Ayr: No.125 Masonic Lodge
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06.09.15 (11 am to 3 pm)
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 Tour.

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Ayr: St Andrew's Parish Church
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06.09.15 (1 pm to 4 pm)
Park Circus, Ayr,  KA7 2DL
Perpendicular Gothic by John B Wilson 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 McLundie and G Maile Studios of Canterbury and Roland Mittland. 

Guided tours available.

Service 11.00 am.

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Ayr: Tower of St John's
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05.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
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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Barrmill: Barrmill Park and Gardens
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05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
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 trees, wishing wells and doors to the Elfhame.

Guided tours. 

Local History Exhibition, general information stalls and Community Association display.

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Beith Parish Church and Hall
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06.09.15 (12.30 pm to 3.30 pm)
Kirk Road, Beith,  KA15 1EX
Beith Parish Church and Hall - Image 1

Built 1807-10 to replace Auld Kirk, extended in 1885.  'Heritor' 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.  Chancel alterations now include some items from former Trinity Church.

Image (c) G. Michael Hitchon 


Building Date: 1807-10

Exhibition: The Church in Beith - Past and Present, including audio visual display of views from the church tower.

Communion Service 11 am 

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Beith: Spier's Old School Grounds
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05.09.15 (11 am to 3 pm)
On B706 Beith to Dunlop Road View map
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 2010, 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
Guided walk from Spier's Information Panel 12.30 pm and 2pm 
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Beith: Auld Kirk and Kirkyard
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05.09.15 (10.30 am to 3.30 pm) - 06.09.15 (2 pm to 4 pm)
Beith Cross in town centre., 200 yards north from Townhouse., Beith,  KA15 1DT
Beith: Auld Kirk and Kirkyard - Image 1On site of pre-Reformation parish church.  A church was built c.1590 with later 18th century extensions.  The 1590 church was demolished in 1810-11 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 and parish minister in 1745-57.
Building Date: 1590

Exhibition and guided tours.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Beith: Townhouse
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05.09.15 (10 am to 1 pm) - 06.09.15 (1 pm to 4 pm )
Corner of The Strand and Eglinton Street., Beith,  KA15 1DT
Beith: Townhouse - Image 1Classic Georgian building with attractive belfry, funded by 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: Beith in photographs since 1900.

One hour guided walk of Historic Beith: Saturday 11 am starting from Townhouse.

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Dailly Parish Church and Hall
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05.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm ) - 06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm )
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. Service at 11 a.m.

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

Guided tour available.

Musical Entertainment.

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Dalry: St Margaret's Parish Church
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06.09.15 (12 noon to 4 pm)
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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Darvel: Private Telephone Museum
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05.09.15 - 06.09.15 (9 am to 5 pm)
1 Burn Road, Near the Turf Hotel, Darvel,  KA17 0AJ
Darvel: 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

Exhibition and tour.

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Dundonald Castle
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06.09.15 (10 am to 4.30 pm)
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. Regret castle not fully accessible to wheelchair users. 
Building Date: 13th -14th century

Visitor Centre with café and exhibition open to 5pm. Tea/Coffee + scone or pancake £2.50 Doors Open Day special.

Guided Tour. 

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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Dunlop Kirk
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06.09.15 (1 pm to 4 pm)
Dunlop Kirk , Main Street Dunlop,  KA3 4AG
Dunlop Kirk  - 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.

Guided Tour.  

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Dunure: Harbour and Lighthouse
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05.09.15 (12 noon to 4.30 pm)
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.

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 tour and exhibition.

 

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Fairlie Parish Church
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05.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)

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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Fairlie: Organic Growers of Fairlie
New This Year
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05.09.15 (11 am to 4 pm)
End of Pier Road, Fairlie,  KA29 0AW

Community garden growing a wide variety of fruit and vegitables in raised beds and three polytunnels.  

This is a sustainable garden with a peripheral woodland walk, picnic areas on the coast and an indoor seated area.  

Quiz for children, garden tours, demonstrations, vegetable/plant and Fairtrade stalls.
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Galston: Loudoun Kirk (HLF)
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06.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm)
Side road off A719, Opposite Loudoun Castle Park entrance, Galston,  KA4 8PF
Galston: Loudoun Kirk (HLF) - Image 1

Recently 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. 


Building Date: 1451

Guided tour. Exhibition. 

Display of paintings and photographs inspired by Loudoun Kirk. 

Stewarding by The Friends of Loudoun Kirk.

Image (c) Friends of Loudoun Kirk

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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
Guided Tour.
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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.

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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. 

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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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