Through the keyhole on Doors Open Day


Historic houses and interesting buildings across Bearsden, Milngavie and beyond will be open to the public on Doors Open Day

On Saturday, September 14, there will be events and activities focussed around 23 venues across East Dunbartonshire such as libraries, churches, halls and houses.

There will also be outdoor activities including guided walks and boat trips.

Scott Hill, vice-chairman of the East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “Doors Open Day is family friendly with something for all ages.

“Our programme centres around a railway theme as well as celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland. A number of new venues are open this year as well as some long standing contributors.”

The programme includes a look behind the scenes at Kilmardinny House Arts Centre, once one of the most significant residences in Bearsden, and will be offering a tour of the house, grounds and nearby Kilmardinny Loch. The Lillie Art Gallery will be showcasing the talents of local artist Hamish Montgomery in the art of landscape painting.

Visit a ‘Green Home’ at Kinnaird Crescent, Bearsden, to see for yourself the benefits of solar power energy.

And there’s a treat in store for railway enthusiasts in the shape of photographic and historic railway memorabilia at Milngavie Heritage Centre, in the town hall.,

Mugdock Castle is offering a tour and colourful insight into the building’s rich history followed by an outdoor BBQ.

Other buildings taking part are the Lillie Art Gallery, Corbia Ha’, Allander Evangelical and St Paul’s churches, all Milngavie.

In Bearsden, New Kilpatrick and Westerton Fairlie Memorial Church will be open.

Douglas Academy, in Bearsden, will also be taking part, opening its doors on Saturday from 10am till 1pm.

There are further details of everything that’s going on in East Dunbartonshire in the Doors Open Day 2013 brochure on the homepage of the Trust website at