Fife ready to open its doors again

The May Isle lighthouse which, weather permitting, will open to the public.
The May Isle lighthouse which, weather permitting, will open to the public.
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OVER three Sundays in September Fife will once again offer opportunities to see behind many interesting doors usually closed to the public.

The Doors Open Days event offers free access to buildings, exhibitions and guided tours throughout the Kingdom.

Kicking off in east Fife on Sunday, September 2, central Fife opens on Sunday, September 9 and west Fife on Sunday, September 16.

Provost of Fife Jim Leishman said “Fife has such a rich historical and architectural heritage and Doors Open Days gives us the chance to showcase this great diversity to locals and visitors.

“The event has been strongly supported over the years and those who give of their time to make it the success it is, reinforces why Fife Council continues to support this fantastic event.”

Johanne Whyte, Sheriff Clerk at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, added “We’re looking forward to welcoming willing visitors into the court. Rarely do people have the chance to see behind the scenes in this sort of official establishment, hopefully this will be the only time they have to come through our doors! ”.

New doors opening this year include:

The Carmelite Monastery, Dysart, where the nuns are generously allowing a unique glimpse into the precious caves where St Serf retreated from the world in the 6th century, previously closed to the public for over 80 years.

Nearby nearly 50 garden sheds will open as the community allotments within Ravenscraig Walled Garden show how they are getting themselves established.

Balmerino Abbey, one of the many churches open this year, will have an extra treat to illustrate its story.

Get a peek into the old Amazon depot, now Bankhead Central, Glenrothes, currently accommodating over 400 members of Fife Council staff.

Two Masonic lodges, in Leuchars and in Cupar, will allow you to get up close to their ceremonial artifacts.

And why not follow the train line from Cupar to Burntisland and see how Network Rail has been creatively securing local railway station history with art and heritage.

Firm favourites from previous years include the Kinghorn Lifeboat Station, manned entirely by volunteers; Scotts/Quaker Oats Factory once again offering pots of porridge to round off their tours; Kirkcaldy Fire station; and for the second year, very much weather dependent, the Isle of May engine room and lighthouses will be opened.

One ferry will run from Anstruther Harbour for which pre-booking is essential.

The many guided walks include those around pretty Crail, Collessie, Charlestown and Elie.

The Doors Open Day Children’s Passport will be available for children under 16 to pick up at venues, or download from Fife Direct. Ask for the special question at any four different venues across Fife and send the completed passport in for a prize draw.

Brochures are available at various outlets throughout Fife including libraries, council offices, community centres and Tourist Information Centres.

Full details can be found on www.fifedirect.org.uk and www.doorsopendays.org.uk