Her­itage trail on your doorstep

Fas­ci­nat­ing finds in Strath and be­yond

Strathearn Herald - - STRATHEARN VIEW - Lynn Duke

Those head­ing out on the Doors Open Days trail this week­end can en­joy ex­plor­ing a va­ri­ety of his­toric build­ings on the Strath’s doorstep.

Cul­ty­brag­gan Camp: Com­rie Her­itage Group in­vites you to see in­side sev­eral of the 80 Nis­sen huts not nor­mally open to the pub­lic, to dis­cover the his­tory of the camp and the plans to pre­serve its her­itage.

There will be guided tours on Satur­day and Sun­day be­tween 11am and 4pm. High­lights of the week­end in­clude: Liv­ing the Life of a Ger­man PoW, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and ex­hi­bi­tions; and book sign­ings by Va­lerie Camp­bell, au­thor of ‘Camp 21 Com­rie’.

Gle­nea­gles House, St Mungo’s Chapel and for­mer Cas­tle, Gle­nea­gles: En­joy a guided tour of the 17th/18th cen­tury laird’s house, home to the Hal­danes of Gle­nea­gles. Vis­i­tors will also have the op­por­tu­nity to visit the early 16th cen­tury chapels.

Book­ing is es­sen­tial for the guided tours at 11am and 2.30pm. Visit www. dod_­gle­nea­gles.eventbrite.co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

The Li­brary of In­ner­p­ef­frey: Ex­plore Scot­land’s first free pub­lic lend­ing li­brary ( 1680) with the Keeper of Books and her team in the beau­ti­ful Ge­or­gian build­ing next to the River Earn and In­ner­p­ef­fray Chapel. Con­tact 01764 652819 or li­brary@ in­ner­p­ef­frayli­brary.co.uk.

The Grounds of Old St Michael’s Church, Cri­eff: On Satur­day be­tween 1pm and 5pm, en­joy mu­sic from the Black­ford Fid­dlers, sto­ry­telling and songs from lo­cal au­thor Jessie Smith and his­tor­i­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion by his­to­rian Colin May­all.

Tib­ber­more Church : An atmospheric church with me­dieval ori­gins set in a fas­ci­nat­ing walled grave­yard. Open Satur­day and Sun­day from 11am to 4pm. On Satur­day, for Out­lander fans, hear about film­ing at the church and more about this hugely pop­u­lar se­ries. On Sun­day, ex­plore the church and grave­yard.

Drum­mond Cas­tle Keep: An im­pres­sive tower- house built on a rocky out­crop by John, the 1st Lord Drum­mond in the late- 15th cen­tury, now part of the ex­ten­sive Drum­mond Cas­tle. The Re­nais­sances­tyle gate­house by John Mylne III, Charles I’s mas­ter ma­son, was added circa 1630. The keep was dam­aged by Cromwell and was dis­man­tled fur­ther af­ter the 1745 Re­bel­lion to pre­vent Gov­ern­ment troops us­ing it as a gar­ri­son.

It was re­paired in 1822, with an up­per floor and bell-cote added in 1853. Drum­mond Cas­tle is world fa­mous for its re­mark­able gar­dens.

Open Satur­day and Sun­day from 2pm to 4pm.

Earth­quake House, Com­rie: This small build­ing was built in 1874 to house a seis­mo­scope to reg­is­ter earth­quake shocks. It was the first pur­pose- built earth­quake ob­ser­va­tory in the west­ern hemi­sphere and at­tempted to record the ground move­ments in this part of the world which led to Com­rie be­ing known as the ‘Shaky Toon’. A mod­ern seis­mo­graph from the Bri­tish Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey now op­er­ates in­side the build­ing and records earth­quakes from lo­ca­tions all around the globe.

St An­drew’s Church, Forte­viot: St An­drew’s Church has a long his­tory: from 6th cen­tury AD Chris­tian buri­als in the grave­yard, links with Ken­neth Ma­calpin, the 9th Cen­tury AD king who uni­fied the Picts and Scots, to St An­drews Univer­sity pa­tron­age af­ter the re­for­ma­tion. Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal arte­facts of ma­jor sig­nif­i­cance are housed within the church in­clud­ing sev­eral Pic­tish carved stones which re­cently formed the cen­tre­piece of the Cra­dle of Scot­land ex­hi­bi­tion shown in Glas­gow and Perth. Open Sun­day from 11am to 4pm.

His­toric Drum­mond Cas­tle Keep Wartime

Renowned The Li­brary of In­ner­p­ef­fray

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