Doors Open Day is returning to Ayrshire this September - and the full list of local venues taking part in the 2023 festival has been revealed.

The 34th annual event to celebrate the built heritage of Ayrshire takes place over the weekend of September 9 and 10.

There will be 46 venues taking part throughout North, East and South Ayrshire, several for the first time.

In North Ayrshire, there is the popular Kilwinning Abbey Tower with its panoramic views from the top, as well as superb quality stained glass to admire in Kilwinning Abbey Church, the Clark Memorial Church in Largs, and St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ardrossan.

At the North Ayrshire Heritage Centre in Saltcoats, there will be an exhibition on Ardrossan Castle and its archaeology with tours of the site the next day.

The Scottish Maritime Museum is great for children, and this year’s exhibition, ‘Dream Destinations’ celebrates the rise of Scotland’s seaside resorts and Clyde steamer trips.

New this year is the Clyde Coast & Garnock Valley Crematorium, on the A760 between Kilbirnie and Largs, with a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes, and The Mother Lodge of Scotland in Kilwinning, with its museum collection.

In East Ayrshire taking part after an absence of many years is St Marnock’s Parish Church, with its 30 bell carillon, together with the Howard Outreach Centre providing refreshments, the nearby Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and also near is The Club, founded in 1884, which is a private gentlemen’s club.

Among an impressive cluster of venues in Kilmarnock, visitors can see backstage at the Palace Theatre and share recollections of past productions, look with new eyes at Dean Castle after its recent makeover, and share ‘Gifted By My Granny’ items at The Dick Institute.

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St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church will feature short organ recitals during the weekend following restoration of the instrument.

The National Burns Memorial Homes in Mauchline will welcome visitors, as will the National Burns Memorial Tower, where Elaine Johnston now has her gallery, which will be open for the weekend.

Auchinleck House - rescued by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust and then furnished by the Landmark Trust as a holiday let for 13 people - is also available through timed tickets booked via The Landmark Trust website.

Tarbolton Masonic Lodge is back on the programme this year - and, after a long absence, so is the Bachelors’ Club in the village, where Robert Burns became a mason, learned to dance and established a debating society.

In Ayr, the Gaiety Theatre has backstage tours, and nearby Holy Trinity Church is open after several years.

Ayr’s Auld Kirk of 1654, hidden off the High Street, is a surprise to many visitors.

In Troon, the big three Church of Scotland churches are open before they discuss the way forward together, and in Girvan, visitors can see inside the Stumpy Tower Jail over the weekend and stroll through the gardens of Whitewin House.

Ayrshire Doors Open Day is arranged by volunteers from Kyle and Carrick Civic Society with the support of volunteers who steward the buildings, and financial assistance for a free day from Destination South Ayrshire, and nationally co-ordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust.

Check opening dates and times through the SCT Doors Open Day website: