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Anti-Aircraft Operations Room - Gairloch Museum

Date 1: 22/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 4 (22-23 September)

22 September 2018

On the north-west edge of mainland Scotland, an ugly building enjoys stunning views over Loch Gairloch and the Minch to the mountains on the Isle of Skye. From the early 1950s it played an unheralded and generally unrecognised role as an Anti-aircraft Operations Room (AAOR), part of the UK’s defence system against the anticipation of nuclear attack from Soviet Russia. That purpose redundant, it became the area civil defence centre from the mid-1960s until 1990, ready to support the continuation of government and services in the aftermath of the detonation of an atomic bomb. From the late 1960s, it also served as the Roads Depot and the local library occupied a temporary building in the grounds but by 2012, both had found new homes and the increasingly dilapidated and forlorn monolithic concrete block blighted the landscape until the volunteers of the Gairloch Museum recognised its potential to provide them with the space and facilities for a much needed community heritage and learning centre. Thanks to the funding and grants awarded by more than 20 national, public and private organisations and an energetic local fund raising campaign, the AAOR is soon to become the new Gairloch museum.

Highland - Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty

Avoch Parish Church

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 09/09/2018
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8-9 September 2018

The church stands in the old graveyard on the Braehead in Avoch. The earliest record of a church on this site is 1493, then a second church was built in 1670 followed by this church built in 1870 as the first two were destroyed by fire. The first two churches were built from North to South so it was suggested that the third church was built East to West and perhaps the change would bring better fortune! The church is a traditional style church with spire and bell tower. It features seven beautiful stained glass windows including work by Barnett of Newcastle and a historic pipe organ built by J R Miller of Dundee in 1907.

Highland - Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty

Ballone Castle

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8 September 2018

Ballone Castle was built in 1590 on the cliff edge above the raised beach, and has dramatic views out across the Moray Firth. The Dunbars from Morayshire built the original Z plan castle which was extended in 1623 by the MacKenzies to create a brew house and bakery. After the 1745 rebellion, it was soon roofless and by the mid-19th century had lost most of its fine details.It was bought in 1990 by Lachlan and Annie Stewart who set about restoring it as their family home, creating a fusion of authentic medieval with ANTA's 21st century Scottish contemporary aesthetic. There will be guided tours every 40 minutes which do not need to be booked. The garden will also be open and there will be an exhibition showing photos of the restoration work. www.anta.co.uk 01862 832477 sales@anta.co.uk

Highland - Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty

Cromarty Courthouse Museum

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 09/09/2018
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8-9 September 2018

This A Listed building was completed in 1773 by George Ross, owner of the Cromarty Estate, using Government funds from lands forfeited after the unsucessful 1745 Jacobite Rising. The old Mercat Cross was moved to the front of the building just after it opened. The building was used for sittings of the Sheriff Court and other official purposes. A high perimeter wall and cell block was added in 1847. The dome of the cupola was re-roofed by public subscription in the 1950s. The Town Council and Burgh Magistrates continued to use the building until the 1960s. It was rescued from decay and restored in 1991 and is now run by a locally based Trust as a museum and visitor centre. The museum tells the story of Cromarty and the courtroom scene has lifelike figures with an audio enactment of a historic trial. Artefacts held in the museum date from the late Bronze Age (a newly acquired "Tress Ring") through to items donated by local people. There are changing exhibitions - currently a photographic journey of the "Restoration of Kirkmichael" - also open for DOD 2018. www.cromarty-courthouse.org.uk cromartycourthouse@gmail.com

Highland - Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty

Cromarty East Church

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8 September 2018

More than 700 years ago, a parish church was built nestled next to a burn and close to the Royal Burgh of Cromarty. Now known as the East Church, the church has stood firm on the same foundations ever since, a witness to changing religious practice, ups and downs in the fortunes of the townspeople, and new building and design styles. The church today reflects many of these changes, and is both a spiritually inspiring and historically fascinating building. The church has been described as 'the epitome of a post Reformation Church' and ranks among the eight finest examples of its type in Scotland. It is nationally significant in terms of both built and ecclesiastical heritage. An exhibition on "Changing faith and fashion, and their influence on East Church architecture" can be seen in the vestry. Artefacts from Cromarty East Church (which were found during the excavation of the interior when the church underwent conservation work) are on display in Cromarty Courthouse Museum (also open for DOD 2018) Tours of the church and burial ground at 11am and 2pm www.eastchurchcromarty.co.uk 01381 600243 cromartyeastchurch@gmail.com

Highland - Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty

Cromarty House

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8 September 2018

An imposing Georgian mansion, built for George Ross of Pitkerrie soon after he acquired the Cromarty Estate in 1722 and restored by the Nightingale family since the 1960's. The architect is unknown although Ross had close links with the Adam Brothers who visited Cromarty and produced unexecuted designs for a new parish church in the town. The guided tours are ticketed and are limited to 25 visitors per tour. These have proven very popular over the years. To avoid disappointment, it is recommended that you go to the house on arrival in Cromarty and book your tour. You can then visit the other buildings open in Cromarty, have a coffee or lunch, visit Cromarty Potters, Gallery 48, Ingrid's House and Gardiner & Gardiner antiques before returning for your tour. Tours of the house will take place at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm Limited disabled access, staff happy to assist nightingalecromarty@gmail.com

Highland - Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty

Cromarty Lighthouse

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8 September 2018

Cromarty Lighthouse was built by Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson, and operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board from 1842 until it was de-commissioned in 2005. Overlooking John Smeaton's 18th century harbour, the Lighthouse Tower, Keeper's Cottage and Old Buoy Store are now used for marine research and teaching by the University of Aberdeen. Visitors will be able to tour the Lighthouse Tower and Old Buoy Store, meet staff and students and see displays on local marine wildlife. This years Doors Open event forms part of a marine family day being organised through the Royal Society of Edinburgh's RSE@Inverness programme Further infomation can be found at: www.abdn.ac.uk/lighthouse lighthouse@abdn.ac.uk

Highland - Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty

Fearn Abbey

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8 September 2018

Known as "The Lamp of the North", Fearn Abbey was at one time an expensive monastery set in ythe fertile lands of the Tarbat Peninsula. It is one of the most northerly monastic foundation in Scotland and the oldest Premonstratension foundation to exist in Scotland, and possibly the UK that is still in use for worship today. It is a miracle that Fearn Abbey still survives. So often it has fallen into disrepair, been rebuilt, patched up and restored, yet the magnificent structure is still evident from these early times nearly 800 years ago. There will be an exhibition on display, the History of Fearn Abbey, a quiz for children and tea in the church hall. <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="46"

Highland - Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty

Groam House Museum

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 09/09/2018
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8-9 September 2018

Displays on "The Picts of Rosemarkie", also "The impact of the First World War on Rosemarkie, Fortrose and Avoch". There are also children's activities for all ages including Pictish rubbings and a handling table. Groam House is a harled 18th Century white painted two storey harled town house standing gable end to the High Street in Rosemarkie. The elegant courtyard is decorated with Pictish themed mosaic panels. Since 1980, the museum has been a Centre for Pictish Art internationally known for its magnificent Rosemarkie Cross-slab and display of other Pictish carved stones made some 1200 years ago for the vibrant monastic community of Rosemarkie.

Highland - Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty

Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage & Museum

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 09/09/2018
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8-9 September 2018

Fossil Hunter, folklorist, stonemason, geologist, newspaper editor, social justice campaigner - Hugh Miller was one of the great Scots of the 19th Century. His quests and writings have left a huge legacy of knowledge but as the two adjacent properties testify, he came from ordinary beginnings. The thatched cottage where Hugh was born in 1802 was built by Hughs's pirate grandfather, while the handsome Georgian villa, now an interactive museum, was built by his father. Outside Miller's yard Garden of Wonders is a stunning place to explore the stones and fossils of Miller's natural world while next door the gardens of the Birthplace include a working cobble courtyard, a beautiful cottage garden and a Garden Room - Space for Reflection. Image: by kind permission of the National Trust for Scotland www.nts.org.uk 01381 600245 millermuseum@nts.org.uk

Highland - Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty

Lodge Seaforth Masonic Lodge

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 09/09/2018
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8-9 September 2018

Lodge Seaforth was raised in 1897 and first met in what is now the Anderson Hotel. It moved two years later to the Old Academy building in Seaforth Place, remained there until 1943 when it took occupancy of the Chapter House in the Cathedral. The Lodge used the Chapter House until 21st September 1973 when it moved into its current house. The building hosts a Lodge Room used by both Lodge Seaforth and Lodge Allan Wilson. The club rooms are regularly used for community events. There will be guides, displays of Masonic Regalia and Memorabilia and complimentary teas and coffees.

Highland - Black Isle, Ross & Cromarty

RNLI Invergordon

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8 September 2018

There has been a lifeboat station in the Moray Firth sign 1878 although the station at Invergordon opened in 1974. Invergorgon Lifeboat Station operates an all-weather Trent class lifeboat. With its ability to operate safely in all weathers and to inherently self-right, the Trent class is ideally suited for search and rescue in the Cromarty Firth , as well as further out to sea in the vast Moray Firth. The lifeboat is moored afloat adjacent to a pontoon, enabling it to rise up and down with the tide giving the crew safe access at all states of the tide. Information and talks about the work of the RNLI in the crewroom and on the boat. Please note that weather and operational conditions apply

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