Residents and visitors have a chance to discover some of Royal Deeside’s hidden heritage as Aberdeenshire Doors Open Days arrive in the area.
Have you ever wondered what Ballogie House looks like inside, or wanted to seebehind the scenes at Banchory Fire Station?
This autumn the chance is on offer to explore some of the architecture, places andspaces right on your doorstep.
On Saturday and Sunday September 19 and 20, more than 25 fascinating buildings from Crathes to Braemar will welcome visitors through their doors to discover more about the stories behind these wonderful places: from restored train stations to castles, from churches to a traditional highland ‘fermtoun’.
Doors Open Days is a national event run by the Scottish Civic Trust giving access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland, including some normally closed to the public.
Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime. One of the venues open this year is the Auchtavan township near Braemar.
Overlooking Lochnagar, it is situated at the head of Glen Fearder (meaning the ‘Glen of High Water’) and comprises a cottage, threshing mill and the Queen Mother’s Cottage.
Auchtavan is built on land purchased from the Earls of Mar by the Farquharsons of Invercauld, who in turn sold the Balmoral Estate Lands to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
The buildings are a rare example of a traditional Highland clachan or ‘fermtoun’ and have been renovated by Braemar Community Limited.
This is an opportunity to explore how the community that once inhabited the settlement actually lived and a guide will be available on-site to answer any queries.
An Information Hub will operate from the Victory Hall in Aboyne where you’ll be able to find out more about what to see and do over the Doors Open Days weekend.
Wherever possible, the venues will be taking the opportunity to showcase local food and drink.
Auchtavan is open to visitors on Sunday, September 20 from 10am–3pm.