HISTORY buffs and intrepid explorers are set to descend on East Renfrewshire for the annual Doors Open Days event.
Welcome mats are at the ready in buildings both public and privately owned, many throwing open their doors on September 1 and 2, with exhibitions and a free guided walk available throughout the weekend.
The event kicks off on the Saturday date with the public invited to explore Eaglesham, Bourock and Neilston parish churches, Giffnock United Reformed church and Park church.
Visitors will also be able to wander through Clarkston and Barrhead community fire stations, Greenbank and Statue Houses, Cathcart cemetery, Lodge Union and Crown Masonic temple in Barrhead, Whitelee visitor centre, East Renfrewshire council’s training centre in Rouken Glen Park, the Isobel Mair school and 1st Neilston Scout and community hall.
Some of the above will also be open on Sunday, as well Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew congregation synagogue.
ERC’s environment convener, councillor Vincent Waters, commented: “The ever-popular Doors Open Days give people a rare opportunity to look around some buildings otherwise not open to the public – for example, we have some splendid old churches in East Renfrewshire that are well worth a visit.
“For something different, you can take a guided walk around Cathcart cemetery to see gothic tombs, Egyptian temples, and Greek, Romanesque and art-nouveau designs.
“So mark September 1 and 2 in your diary, as you will be guaranteed an interesting and educational day out”.
Doors Open Days are Scotland’s contribution to European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union.
And if you’re itching to explore Glasgow’s hidden treasures, then look no further than September 15 and 16.
The city event is preceded by a week of talks, walks and events (running from September 10), followed by a weekend of free access to over 100 buildings – 24 of which are new to the programme.
A full list of open events in both East Renfrewshire and Glasgow are available at the Doors Open Day website.