Ayrshire celebrates its 32nd year of Doors Open Day, having started as pioneers with Glasgow in 1990.  The event is planned and co-ordinated by volunteers from Kyle and Carrick Civic Society, Scottish Charity No. SC014718. 

There are 18 venues open this year for in person visits, and four with digital offerings.  Please check whether booking is required.

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.

Could you be our lucky winner? Tell us about your Doors Open Days 2021 experience by filling out our survey here


Boswell’s Quill

The first landmark in Scotland commemorating the great biographer James Boswell In 2020 The Boswell Trust erected a bronze feather writing quill in Auchinleck graveyard. Commissioned in 2016, the original artists’ brief was to create a landmark and orientation point for visitors to Auchinleck’s historic graveyard that would balance the tall gothic war memorial alongside it in the oval of lawn between the new and old churches. From an invited shortlist, the sculptor, Harry Gray, came up with the winning idea of a Quill, producing a quick sketch drawn from an actual goose feather. The 4.2m high Quill leans against a Scottish pink sandstone inkwell topped with a circle of slate that turns black as ink in the rain. On one side of the Quill is reproduced the entry from Boswell’s original hand-written Journal describing his first meeting with Dr Johnson on 16th May 1763 at Thomas Davies’s bookshop in Covent Garden, London – a meeting which would change the course of literary history.

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