Scotland opens its doors in September

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Bill Lawson and Key © Scottish Civic Trust

Bill Lawson and Key © Scottish Civic Trust

You might think you’ve seen all there is to see in Scotland, but are you so sure? Including places that open up only once a year or even just once in a lifetime – enjoy a warm welcome when properties across Scotland opens their doors this September in celebration of some of the country’s most architecturally and culturally significant buildings – all for free.

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival dedicated to the country’s outstanding architectural heritage and provides the perfect opportunity to explore an array of properties that are either normally off-limits to the public or charge admission fees.

Coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust, it runs annually throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage Days. This year, over five weekends, you will have a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at some fascinating buildings, from museums to heritage landmarks. With exhibitions, talks, guided walks and more,  there’s plenty of great activities to choose from to suit all ages and interests.

Outdoor enthusiasts won’t want to miss the sailing to the Isle of May Lighthouses in Fife, while foodies can watch chefs making chocolates and patisseries at Cocoa Black in the Scottish Borders, or with the Commonwealth Games just round the corner, why not visit Athletes Village in Glasgow?

In memory of the medieval soldiers who fought in the Battle of Bannockburn, you can join a seven mile long walk that includes a tour of the key sites in the battle which marked Robert the Bruce’s greatest victory, or if you’re are an architecture buff, head to Sandford House in St Ford, Fife.

I’ve already planned what I’m going to see. What about you?

Be sure to mark the below dates in your diary now and check back in with us every week for some regional highlights. Please note that certain sites require you to book in advance. For detailed information on Doors Open Days please visit .

Doors Open Days - get into buildings! Scottish Civic Trust

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Aldona Krzemien

Content Editor at VisitScotland
Originally from Poland, she's now based in Edinburgh and can't imagine life without four things: travels, photography, fishing for antiques and haggis!