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The Doors Open Days 2021 programme is now live!

This September, explore sites across Scotland with online and in-person activities. And the best part? All Doors Open Days events and activities are free!

Hundreds of events have been listed & more are being added each day. In-person events and digital events are listed ahead of the weekend, and digital activities will be released on each Doors Open Days weekend.

So remember to check back, or sign up to our e-newsletter to be the first to know about new events and activities announced for the 2021 festival.

Please be advised that many venues have COVID-19 safety measures in place.  You may be asked to wear face masks, use hand sanitiser or maintain social distance, please respect these requests. 

Please note that venues may be subject to temporary closure at short notice. Where possible we advise that you check with venues before visiting, and please follow the guidance of staff and volunteers on site.

 

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Dumfries and Galloway

Cairn Holy Chambered Cairns

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4-5 September 2021

Wander the lonely resting place of a mythical Scottish king at this pair of Neolithic burial monuments. The two cairns of Cairn Holy are an impressive survival, particularly Cairnholy I with its concave façade of tall pillar stones. Their landscape position is equally impressive, situated on a hill offering fine views over Wigtown Bay. Both were built in the 4th millennium BC. They are known as Clyde Cairns, a type of tomb characteristic of southwest Scotland. Both tombs are now open to the sky – their covering stones were robbed long ago to build field dykes. Cairn Holy I is the more elaborate of the two, while Cairn Holy II is said to be the tomb of the mythical Scottish king Galdus.

Dumfries and Galloway

Chapel Finian - Historic Environment Scotland

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4-5 September 2021

Walk in the footsteps of early Christian pilgrims at this ruined chapel, named for St Columba’s tutor.Chapel Finian was probably built in the AD 900s or 1000s, probably as a resting spot for pilgrims on their way to Whithorn Priory. It was built in the Irish style, and is very simple, comprising a single rectangular room. The chapel is named after the Irish saint Finnian, the scholar and monastic founder who is said to have taught St Columba. Some scholars believe that Finnian is a corruption of Uinniau. Uinniau was a bishop in the 500s and established churches in Ireland and south-west Scotland. Uinniau is also thought to be the real historical figure behind St Ninian, whose cult is closely associated with nearby Whithorn.

Dumfries and Galloway

CRICHTON MEMORIAL CHURCH AND CRICHTON CENTRAL

4-5 September 2021

The Crichton Memorial Church, the focal point of the 85 acre estate, is cathedral-style, designed by Edinburgh architect Sydney Mitchell, 1890-97. The Church features a nave, chancel, transepts and a 123 feet high square tower over the crossing. The richly detailed exterior is of red sandstone from Locharbriggs and the elegant interior features sandstone from nearby Thornhill. Inside the church you will find a stunning oak roof and floors of Irish and Sicilian marble under foot and superb furnishings, including a stone carving by William Vickers of Glasgow illuminated by the impressive stained glass by Oscar Paterson of Glasgow. Crichton Central Cafe & Bar is a new co-working and collaboration space at The Crichton. The phased opening of Crichton Central started in June 21′ with the cafe, bar, lawn and outdoor terrace. During this initial phase, the cafe will be open from 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week. You’ll find everything from tea and cake to coffee and a bacon roll as well as beer and pizza on offer daily.

Dumfries and Galloway

Hallmuir Ukrainian POW Chapel

4-5 September 2021

Built in1942, it is a single storey, pitched roof, prefabricated hut forming Ukrainian Prisoner of War chapel. Painted corrugated roof and walls of cement/asbestos mix on timber frame and concrete base. Timber door with former electricity post above with flanking windows; Main building has 2 windows on each side with 4 and 6-pane timber windows. The interior is adapted from barracks to a place of Eastern rite worship with a simple screen (Iconostas) enclosing the altar and tabernacle of a Ukrainian type cathedral. The screen has a round-arched opening at centre with doors through to High Altar; square-headed openings to sides and timber pews, altars, lectern and other furnishings. Ceiling painted blue with gold stars. It is located off a minor road 1& a half miles south of Lockerbie with most of the original camp reclaimed by forests with several remaining buildings rented to other users. There is designated ample parking and a second barrack being upgraded to provide facilities to visitors (toilet, displays, shelter and refreshments)

Dumfries and Galloway

Lochmaben Castle - Historic Environment Scotland

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4-5 September 2021

Explore the shattered remains of a castle built by an English occupying force in the 1300s. Lochmaben Castle was an important outpost in hostile territory for the English, and they made tremendous efforts to keep it in their possession throughout the 1300s. It withstood several sieges and attacks, before falling to the Scots in 1385. The castle became a royal possession in 1445. James IV initiated major works here, and James V was a regular visitor. The castle remained a major site in wars with the English before it was finally abandoned in the 1700s, after which its stones were taken for use in local buildings. Today it’s situated among attractive woodland next to a loch. View exterior only.

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