Walk to highlight town’s landmarks

A GUIDED walk revealing the secrets behind some of Montrose’s historic buildings will form part of the programme for the first Angus Heritage Week which will be held next month.

The week, which runs from September Friday, September 7, to Friday, September 14, will include a series of walks taking in some of the most interesting buildings in Arbroath, Brechin and Glamis and almost 30 opportunities to take a fresh look at significant buildings across the county as part of Doors Open Days which will be held on September 8 and 9.

Many of the buildings, such as the Balmashanner Hill War Memorial in Forfar, are rarely open go the public.

There will also be rare chances to see around Cortachy Castle near Kirriemuir and Kinnaird Castle near Brechin, bookings for both of which are required.

Hidden gems among local churches also feature with, on September 8 and 9, the recently re-installed stained glass windows at Carmyllie’s 17th century on view and a driving tour of the four churches in Glenesk, including the highly-atmospheric ruined kirk on the banks of Loch Lee on September 9.

Arbroath’s Hospitalfield House and the Mortuary Chapel at the Western Cemetery, both built by Patrick Allan-Fraser are included while Arbroath Abbey Timethemes’ tour of Hospitalfield House on September 12 promises ‘an insight into the past, present and future’ of the masterpiece of Victorian domestic architecture.

The week has been organised to celebrate both the county’s built and natural history as a means of promoting the area’s many heritage and cultural venues to both the local community and visitors.

It is also a means of highlighting the variety of influences left over the centuries by the county’s historically multicultural inhabitants, all of whom shaped their environments.

Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council’s tourism spokeswoman, said that over the centuries the people of Angus have left a unique legacy of fascinating buildings across the county.

She said: “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 mediaeval abbeys and churches to the very latest architectural designs.”

Further information about the special events taking place during Angus Heritage Week, is available from the festival programme which is available from leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife or downloading a copy from www.angusheritage.com.

Further information Angus Heritage Week is also available at www.angusheritage.com, the Angus Heritage Facebook page and Twitter.