There is so much to see and do

The first Angus Heritage Week, which runs from September 7 to 14, will include almost 30 opportunities to take a fresh look at some of the most fascinating buildings in Angus.

Angus Heritage Week incorporates the popular Doors Open Days event on the weekend of September 8 and 9, when places across the county which are rarely open to the public such as the recently renovated Merchants House in Brechin and Balmashanner Hill’s war memorial will be welcoming visitors.

It will also be possible to go behind the scenes of local public buildings including the Sheriff Court in Arbroath and the fire stations in Arbroath and Forfar, while tours will be available around Cortachy Castle near Kirriemuir and Kinnaird Castle near Brechin (booking required).

During Angus Heritage Week, guided walks around Arbroath, Brechin, Glamis and Montrose will reveal a few of the fascinating secrets of each town’s historical buildings, with Kirriemuir Library hosting a taster session providing information about how to find out more about the Little Red Town’s listed buildings and their inhabitants. On September 8 and 9, there will be a chance to view the recently re-installed stained glass windows at Carmyllie’s 17th century church and on September 9, there will be a driving tour of the four churches in Glenesk, including the highly-atmospheric ruined kirk on the banks of Loch Lee.

Arbroath’s Hospitalfield House and the Mortuary Chapel at the Western Cemetery, both built by Patrick Allan-Fraser, also feature in the Doors Open Days programme, while Arbroath Abbey Timethemes’ tour of Hospitalfield House on September 12 promises ‘an insight into the past, present and future’ of this Victorian masterpiece.

Another highlight of Angus Heritage Week will be the talk by Monifieth Model Club on September 13 at Monifieth Library about their miniature recreation of the town from 1930-1960, which will be on display.

“Over the centuries, the people of Angus have left behind a unique and ever-present legacy to our county – a wonderful selection of buildings, historical and modern,” said Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council tourism spokesperson.

“Whether private homes, public buildings, places of worship, purely functional or highly decorative, these places have played their part in the story of Angus.

“Angus Heritage Week will encourage people from near and far to celebrate the distinctive built heritage of Angus, from grand houses to farm cottages, from medieval abbeys and churches to the very latest architectural designs.”

To find out more about the special events taking place during Angus Heritage Week, pick up a copy of the festival programme from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife or download from www.angusheritage.com.