Make the most of your Doors Open Day

The Main Light, Isle of May �Lorne Gill/SNH
The Main Light, Isle of May �Lorne Gill/SNH

Doors are once again being thrown open free of charge as the annual Doors Open Days gets under way this weekend in Fife .

Access to buildings, walks and exhibitions will be opened up in east Fife this Sunday followed by central Fife on Sunday, September 15 and west Fife on Sunday, September 22.

The days promise access to strange, unusual and interesting places that are often closed to the public for the rest of the year.

The east Fife area includes a vast section of the Kingdom including the East Neuk as well as St Andrews, Cupar, Leuchars, Tayport and Auchtermuchty.

Local highlights from this weekend’s events include the chance to visit the Isle of May and see inside its historic lighthouses, and the opportunity to go inside Fife’s last remaining windmill in St Monans. The 18th century structure has been restored and offers great views of the Forth.

Also opened are St Michaels and All Angels Church in Elie and Kilconquhar Church .

“With over 80 buildings opening their doors across Fife this year to welcome visitors, there really will be something for everyone on offer,” said Councillor Lesley Laird, executive spokesman for business, enterprise, economy and planning.

“It’s great to see so many organisations and businesses taking part in this initiative that offers up access to some fascinating buildings right on our doorstep.

“It’s also a fantastic opportunity to welcome visitors from across Scotland to our towns and villages for an alternative look at some of our popular and lesser well known architecture.”

Levenmouth gets its turn to take part in Doors Open Day a week on Sunday and the central Fife event stretches from Burntisland to Leven, including Glenrothes,

Local offerings include The Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Yard where you can enjoy a ride on the test track in one of three operating locomotives, Methil’s Hydrogen Office and Heritage Centre - with the latter featuring newspaper cuttings featuring work of photographer Jimmy Price of Kennoway.

In Buckhaven the Museum on College Street features highlights from the 53 Pits Coal Mining Exhibition.

In the Wemyss villages East, West and Coaltown all have something on offer.

East Wemyss Environmental Centre, beneath the primary school, has an Aladdin’s cave of local history. The Wemyss School of Needlework in Coaltown of Wemyss will also be showing off its wares in recently refurbished surroundings and West Wemyss has a guided walk from St Adrian’s Church on offer.

For full listings of all events and opening times vistit www.fifedirect.org.uk/doorsopendays.

- East Fife’s day is this Sunday.

- Central Fife’s day is the following Sunday, September 15.

- West Fife’s is September 22.

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

- Full details can also be found at www.fifedirect.org.uk/doorsopendays and www.doorsopendays.org.uk.

- A Children’s Passport will be available at venues for children under 16, or for download from the Fife Direct website. 
- Children who have completed passports from three locations are entered into a prize draw.