Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment. It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September, every year.
The aim of Doors Open Days is to ensure that Scotland’s built heritage, new and old, is made accessible to people living and visiting the country on weekends in September.
This weekend you can visit numerous buildings in South Aberdeenshire - Lower Deeside, Kincardine and Mearns (16th only), Highland - Badenoch and Strathspey (16th only), Highland - Caithness (16th only), Falkirk, Perth & Kinross - Perth City, Stirling, Dundee, North Aberdeenshire - Portsoy, Banff and Fraserburgh (17th only) and West Fife (17th only).
It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days along side Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology). Both are supported by Historic Environment Scotland.
Area coordinators create and manage local programmes and work for a variety of local authorities, civic trusts and heritage organisations.
Scotland’s buildings and places are important to us. We work with people, communities and groups to understand, care for and improve their local environment for the wellbeing of all.
The Scottish Civic Trust is the national body for the civic movement in Scotland. It engages proactively with local civic groups across Scotland and regularly comments and campaigns for the improvement of Scotland's individual buildings and areas of distinction. We act as the national co-ordinator for Doors Open Days across Scotland.