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Doors Open Scotland and Open Doors Wales 2012

September 3 2012

The Scottish Civic Trust's annual Doors Open Scotland event takes place each weekend in September and includes several sports-related venues that may interest Played in Britain readers. The Civic Trust for Wales are also running a similar initiative, Open Doors Wales. Here's a round up of some places you might like to visit.

For full details on all Doors Open Scotland venues see


Aberdeen Sports Village, Linksfield Road, AB24 5RU

Opened in 2009 this state of the art indoor sports centre by Reiach and Hall Architects includes a full-sized indoor football pitch.

Saturday September 8 10:00-16:00


Olympia Leisure Centre, Earl Grey Place, DD1 4DF

The last chance to see behind the scenes of the Olympia swimming pool, designed by James Parr and Partners, and to hear about the changes the building has gone through since opening in 1974.

Saturday September 22 - Sunday September 23. Tours 11:00, 13:00, 15:00


Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, South Platt Hill, Newbridge, EH28 8AA

Built against the stunning backdrop of a sheer quarry rock face, this is Europe's largest climbing arena, designed by architect David Taylor and climbers Duncan McCallum and Rab Anderson.

Saturday September 22 - Sunday September 23 09:00-18:00

Meadows Croquet Club, Leven Terrace, EH3 9LW

Croquet has been played in Scotland since the late 19th century and The Meadows Croquet Club is the home of the National Croquet Centre. Visitors will be able to watch games in progress and have a go themselves.

Saturday September 22 14:00-16:00


Arlington Baths, 61 Arlington Street, G3 6DT

Opened in 1870, Arlington Baths, as featured in Great Lengths, is home to Britain's oldest private swimming club.

Saturday September 15 - Sunday September 16 10:00-16:00

Buchanan Bridge Club, Clairmont Gardens, G3 7LW

Category A Victorian townhouse dating from 1857. The Buchanan Bridge Club purchased the building in 1960 and is today the largest bridge club in Glasgow, with 300 members.

Saturday September 15 - Sunday September 16 10:00-16:00

Govanhill Baths, Calder Street, G42 7RA

Designed in Edwardian Baroque style by AB MacDonald and built between 1912-1917, Govanhill Baths were the only original substantially unaltered public baths in Glasgow still in use until their closure in 2001. A red sandstone building containing three top-lit swimming pools, the largest of which features a cast iron railed spectator gallery, original tiling, poolside changing cubicles, and a glazed roof. For more about the history of Govanhill Baths and the local community's campaign to save it, see Great Lengths and Played in Glasgow.

Saturday September 15 - Sunday September 16 10:00-16:00

Hampden Park, Letherby Drive, G42 9BA

Built in 1903 although heavily renovated during the 1990s by Clydesdale Associates, Pre-booking essential for guided tours through Glasgow Doors Open. Entrance to the museum will be charged at normal rates.

Saturday September 15 10:15-12:15, Sunday September 16 10:15-16:15

Partick Curling Clubhouse, 45 Balshagray Avenue, G11 7EQ

Single-storey Category A brick building (as featured in Played in Glasgow) dating from 1900 and built to provide private accommodation for club members and their curling equipment, adjacent to the outdoor curling rink. The club's archives, curling equipment and curling pond will be available to view.

Saturday September 15 - Sunday September 16 10:00-16:00

Western Baths Club, 12 Cranworth Street, G12 8BZ

Variously described as Spanish Gothic, Venetian Gothic or Moorish in style, the frontage of the Western Baths Club is little altered since 1878. Inside, mosaic floors, panelled rooms and a grand staircase create an air of refined opulence. Read more in Great Lengths.

Sunday September 16 13:00-19:00

The ornate interior of the Western Baths Club

The ornate interior of the Western Baths Club (© Simon Inglis)


Gourock Outdoor Swimming Pool, Albert Road, PA19 1NQ

A rare Edwardian heated salt water outdoor swimming pool dating from 1909, one of only two in Scotland.

Saturday September 8 - Sunday September 9 10:00-16:30

Royal Gourock Yacht Club, Ashton, PA19 1DA

This Arts and Craft-style yachting clubhouse was designed by Stewart, Tough and Alexander and opened in 1903. There will be displays of memorabilia in the panelled bar area.

Saturday September 8 12:00-23:00 - Sunday September 9 12:30-22:00

Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club, Esplanade, Greenock, PA16 7SE

The club was founded in 1866 by the owners of houses on the Esplanade who built the clubhouse. In 1885 the club was granted the Royal Charter after providing a boat used to row Queen Victoria.

Saturday September 8 - Sunday September 9 14:30-17:30

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs

Buchanan Castle Golf Club, Drymen, G63 0HY

Located on the Buchanan Castle estate, the ground on which the golf course is laid out was once used by the Graham family, Dukes of Montrose, as a race track and training gallops. The clubhouse was built on the site of the ancient Buchanan House, which was burned down in 1852 and the current clubhouse, dating from 1936, incorporates some of the surviving walls.

Saturday September 8 - Sunday September 9 14:00-16:30

Perth and Kinross

Kincarrathie Pavilion and Doocot, Doocot Park, Kincarrathie House, PH2 7HX

Opened in 1925 and recently refurbished, the Pavilion houses a unique collection of historic cricket photographs, featuring a number depicting the friendship between AK Bell and Donald Bradman. Run by the Gannochy Trust.

Saturday September 22 12:00-16:00


Ralston Community Sports Centre, Penilee Road, Paisley, PA1 3AX

Dating from c1930 the Art Deco pavilion in the style of Thomas Tait has been refurbished into a community sports centre but retains several original features, including balconies and reception foyer.

Saturday September 8 - Sunday September 9 09:00-15:00

Renfrew Leisure Centre, Paisley Road, PA4 8LD

Opened in 2004 this popular sports centre offers a wide programme of sport and leisure opportunities to suit every age and ability.

Saturday September 8 09:30-17:30

South Lanarkshire

Chatelherault Hunting Lodge, Chatelherault Country Park, Carlisle Road, Hamilton, ML3 7UE

Built in the 1730s by William Adam, Chatelherault comprises four main pavilion buildings with linking walls. The western pavilion features fine Georgian plasterwork and woodcarvings. These rooms were used for entertaining hunting parties. The structure was fully restored from ruin in the 1980s and now operates as the centrepiece of Chatelherault Country Park.

Sunday September 9 10:00-17:00

Strathaven Airfield, Letham Road, Strathaven ML10 6RW

Founded by the Scottish Flying Club in the early 1950s, the airfield was at one stage given to the RAF Benevolent Fund but has returned to the ownership of the Scottish Flying Club, with the club determined to retain the traditional grass runway flying club atmosphere. Flying clubs based at the airfield over the years have included the West of Scotland Flying Club, Glasgow and Strathclyde University Gliding Club, the Rutherglen Flying Group and the Strathclyde Gliding Club.

Saturday September 8 - Sunday September 9 10:00-16:00. Tours: 12:00, 13:00,14:00,15:00. 16:00

Open Doors Wales

For full details on all venues see


Bangor on Dee Racecourse, Wrexham LL13 0DA

Racing began at the racecourse in 1859 and National Hunt events are still held here. Visitors will be offered guided tours and learn about the history of the course. Booking essential via Wrexham Museum 01978 297460

Wednesday September 5 10:00-13:00

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