Counting down to Heritage Week

The third Angus Heritage Week will take place across the county from September 5-12 and will once again celebrate Angus’s unique people, places, natural environment, culture and traditions.

The week of heritage-related activities and special events opens with a family history day at Dundee & Angus College in Arbroath and also features the annual Doors Open Days weekend on September 6/7.

This year there are several new additions to the Doors Open Days programme, including Denfind near Monikie, where a disused Victorian quarry has been transformed into one of Scotland’s top stone producers.

Many old favourites, such as Arbroath’s previously top-secret Royal Observer Corps Post, the Airlie Monument and Logie Schoolhouse, one of the most complete surviving examples of a mudwall building in Scotland, will also be welcoming the public through their doors. In addition, the HOPE Garden at Arbroath and Dunninald Gardens near Montrose will be throwing open their gates.

“Doors Open Days is an unmissable opportunity to find out what goes on in places which are rarely open to the public,” said Councillor Alex King, Depute Provost of Angus.

“However, this is only one aspect of the celebrations. Angus Heritage Week is also about our county’s families, rich or poor, rural, town or coastal dwellers – the songs they sang, the stories they told, and the traditions that have been passed down the generations.

“Angus Heritage Week celebrates everything that makes Angus special. Everything that makes Angus unique.”

Amongst the events featured in the Angus Heritage Week programme are details of a variety of events and projects which are taking place across Angus to commemorate the First World War Centenary, including an exhibition at the The Gateway to the Glens Museum from September 9 commemorating the centenary of the First World War and the local people who fought in it.

One of the highlights of this year’s Angus Heritage Week will be Kirriemuir Festival of Music and Song on September 5-7. Over this weekend, the town will echo with the sound of traditional Scottish music being performed and enjoyed at ceilidhs, impromptu gigs, concerts, competitions and music sessions.

To find out more about the events happening during Angus Heritage Week 2014, visit or pick up a copy of the Angus Heritage Week Event Guide at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife.