Broch’s historic places set to open their doors

Fraserburgh Town Hall and council chambers
Fraserburgh Town Hall and council chambers

A free annual event taking place on Saturday, September 20 will give north-east residents a rare chance to discover some of Fraserburgh’s historic properties.

Doors Open Days are coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and are part of European Heritage Days alongside Scottish Archaeology Month, which are both supported by Historic Scotland.

This year’s event in Aberdeenshire will focus on Fraserburgh and the surrounding area including Rosehearty, Sandhaven, Portsoy, Inverallochy and Mintlaw.

A total of 21 buildings not normally open to the public will be throwing open their doors and offering free access to their fascinating interiors.

A number of Fraserburgh landmarks will be taking part in the event for the first time year including the newly reopened Saltoun Inn and B-listed building World’s End.

Doors Open Day favourites such as Peathill Kirk and Fraserburgh Heritage Centre will also welcome visitors with open arms.

The relatively simple Peathill Kirk (formerly Pitsligo Parish Church), which has been closed since 1997, features a richly carved laird’s loft and a kirkyard containing approximately 145 ornately carved tombstones.

Aberdeenshire Museum Store and Aberdeenshire Council Museums Service Discovery Centre in Mintlaw, where guided tours will be held, are also participating in the event.

A number of events have been organised at some of the participating venues to coincide with Doors Open Day.

An exhibition on the life of Fraserburgh-born, nineteenth-century trader Thomas Blake Glover will be held in World’s End and an exhibition depicting life in Portsoy during the First World War will be on display at the Salmon Bothy in Portsoy.

Most buildings will be open from 10am until 4pm; full details of opening times can be found in a specially printed brochure available at local libraries, information centres and visitor attractions.

For further information contact Frances Swanstonat fsbuiltheritage@gmail.com or Cheryl Roberts on (01569) 768291 or by email at Cheryl.roberts@aberdeenshire.gov.uk