Doors Open Days Encourage People to Visit Inverness

St Mary’s Church Inverness will open its doors to visitors on Saturday

This Saturday the 2013 Highland Doors Open Days programme will see 16 venues in and around Inverness welcoming the public for free visits and special activities.

Organisers of the event, which aims to give people a glimpse of familiar places from a new perspective, hope that both Inverness visitors and those who live in and around the city will be encouraged to visit one of the many Doors Open venues.

Visit Inverness Churches 

A total of seven churches in the city will be taking part in the event, and visitors can choose to visit any or all of them. The participating churches are:

  • St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
  • The Free North Church
  • The Old High Church
  • Ness Bank Church
  • St Andrew’s Cathedral
  • St Stephen’s Church
  • Daviot Parish Church

Research Family History in Inverness 

The award-winning Highland Archive and Registration Centre in Inverness will also be participating in the event, with guests being able to enjoy behind the scenes visits to the archive strongrooms in addition to the usual research facilities.

Those with connections to the Fraser clan may enjoy a visit to the historic Wardlaw Museum at Kirkhill which is also opening its doors to visitors, with medieval reenactors on site to tell the tale of the famous Frasers.

Discover Inverness and Highland History

As part of Inverness Open Doors Day, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery with be hosting a one day pop-up exhibition showcasing ancient object made by Highland inhabitants across the centuries, while Inverness Sherrif Court (located in Inverness Castle) will be allowing visitors access to is interior which features a vaulted ceiling and Tudor Gothic canopy.

Inverness and the Great Outdoors

Lovers of space and open spaces can choose to visit the Caledonian Canals, where the event will features guided tours of the Muirtown Locks and a visit to Dunolly House, which was originally built for canal engineers in the 1800s.

Those preferring to seek out the stars should head for the Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory at Culloden, where they will be guided by members of the Highlands Astronomical Society.

Modern Life in Inverness

Makar Opening065 (2)Other establishments offering an insight into their organisations as part of the Open Doors Day programme are Maggies Highlands at Raigmore hospital, who provide invaluable help and support to cancer sufferers and their families and MAKAR at Torbreck, who design and build eco-homes here in the heart of the Highlands.

There will also be  a virtual tour of the Inverness Campus Development available online as part of the event.


  • For further information, look out for copies of the Highland Doors Open Days programme in libraries, service points and visitor information centres or go to  – families may wish to download the entry form for a fun open doors competition which hopes to encourage young people to use this opportunity to explore Inverness.



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