Have a look inside some historic buildings in Milngavie and Bearsden

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DISCOVER some of the area’s hidden gems on Doors Open Day on Saturday, September 8.

This is your chance to look behind the doors of some of Milngavie and Bearsden’s most iconic and interesting buildings.

Doors Open Day takes place all over Scotland each year to allow people free entry to buildings and attractions not normally open to the public and the event is Scotland’s contribution towards European Heritage Days.

Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, Rhondda Geekie, said: “This is a great opportunity to get out and about.

“There is a lot to see and do in East Dunbartonshire and Doors Open Day offers a unique opportunity to see inside some of the most magnificent buildings and best kept secrets.

“Whether young or old all age groups can enjoy the day and I look forward to welcoming locals and visitors from further afield.”

East Dunbartonshire’s Doors Open Day will be 14 years old this year and includes a mix of old favourites and new venues such as - Kilmardinny House on Kilmardinny Avenue which was once one of the most significant residences in Bearsden, there will be guided tours and taster workshops throughout the day.

The Lillie Art Gallery in Station Road, Milngavie, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will be open and visitors will be able to see artists working at their easels.

Corbie Ha’ on Ashfield Road, Milngavie, an original stone cottage of Ashfield Farm, now the home of Milngavie Pipe Band, Mugdock Castle at Mugdock Country Park which dates back to the fourteenth century and several churches in th area including New Kilpatrick in Bearsden, St Andrew’s, St Joseph’s, Allander Evangelical and St Paul’s in Milngavie.

Douglas Academy in Milngavie will also be taking part for the first time this year - it will be open to the public from 10am to 1pm. The school’s current building opened in 2009 providing modern, bright, spacious facilities fit for purpose. It has extensive indoor and outdoor sports areas including a large games hall and fitness suite and also has a modern library and performance area. Tours of the building will be organised on a first come first served basis. In addition there will be music recitals by pupils of the Douglas Academy Music School, art work and local history displays.

For full details of the programme log on to: Www.doorsopendays.org.uk, or pick up a leaflet from any East Dunbartonshire library.