Aug 19 2011 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
SOME of Ayrshire’s oldest and most fascinating buildings are set to throw open their doors.
A two day event, celebrating a range of the county’s most historical facilities, will be free to enter.
The annual Doors Open Day will be staged this year on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4.
And it will give the public access to a huge variety of fascinating sites and buildings across the county and beyond..
And believe it or not, admission throughout the weekend isabsolutely free.
In Ayr alone, there will be will be nine buildings open, including Loudoun Hall.
This amazing building is possibly the oldest surviving in the town.
The hall was a 15th century dwelling for merchant James Tait before being purchased in the 16th century as the town house of the Campbells of Loudoun, hereditary sheriffs of Ayr.
Maybole Castle and Crossraguel Abbey will join the fray in opening to the public, while towns and villages from Girvan to Largs will have venues taking part.
Dundonald Castle, Alloway Parish Church, Girvan’s Stumpy Tower, and Tarbolton’s Masonic Lodge will also be open.
Historic Stair Parish Church will welcome visitors, while Auchinleck House, built in 1760 by Lord Auchinleck, will also open its doors.
And there are many more around both East and North Ayrshire for the public to enjoy.
Leaflets are available in your nearest library or tourist information centre with full details on dates and opening times.
The doors open days are organised by Kyle and Carrick Civic Society.
Last year was the 21st anniversary of the idea being pioneered in Ayr and Glasgow in 1990.
A number of doors open days will be held across Scotland in the month of September, with everywhere from Ayrshire to Aberdeen and Skye taking part.
Michael Hitchon is chairman of the Carrick Civic Society.
He told the Post: “This year promises to be another very special event and we expect a large amount of visitors to come through the doors of our wide range of attractions.”