Flying high for Doors Open Days

The Scottish Gliding Centre is taking part for the first time
The Scottish Gliding Centre is taking part for the first time

An historic wash-house, two museums and even a gliding centre are among the places taking part in Doors Open Days in Kinross-shire next weekend.

The event, which takes place on September 26 and 27, gives visitors the opportunity to explore buildings not normally open to the public - free of charge.

They include the Wash House and Well at Scotlandwell; the Michael Bruce Museum in Kinnesswood and the Kinross (Marshall) Museum at the Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross.

And for the first time this year the Scottish Gliding Centre, based at Portmoak Airfield, is taking part.

The largest gliding club in Scotland, it will be offering guided tours of the airfield and facilities, and - weather permitting - its flying operations.

Places on the tours of the centre need to be booked by calling Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust on 01738 477080.

Meanwhile, Scotlandwell in Bloom invites you to find out more about the village wash house and well.

These historic buildings were designed by the eminent Victorian architect David Bryce as part of an ambitious scheme funded by Thomas Bruce of Arnot, a local landowner, between 1857 and 1860.

The ornamental well and wash house were unusually elegant considering their purpose, but were falling into disrepair until a major restoration project spearheaded by Scotlandwell in Bloom was carried out.

Specially for Doors Open Days, Fife storyteller Sylvia Troon will be telling a fascinating variety of Scottish traditional and historic tales relating to wells, village life and the local area.

Further information is available by downloading a Doors Open Days programme from Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust’s website, www.pkht.org.uk.

Programme listings for all of Scotland are also available at www.doorsopendays.org.uk.