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Virtual tours of Moray buildings and landscapes to go live this weekend on annual Doors Open Day

By Lorna Thompson

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THE public will be able to join virtual tours of some of Moray’s historic buildings and landscapes when the annual Doors Open Day runs online again this year.

Six participating venues – including Forres Town Hall, Elgin Museum, Covesea Lighthouse, Burghead Visitor Centre, the Cabrach Trust, and Scalan Mills and Seminary – will run tours from this weekend.

Architect Penny Muir will feature in a chat about Elgin’s historic buildings hosted by Elgin Museum.

A video will be available about the newly refurbished Scalan Mill and Seminary at Glenlivet. The seminary was built in the 1700s to train Catholic priests in the days when their religion was prohibited.

Meanwhile, the Cabrach Trust has created a video about the heritage of the Cabrach, as well as the trust's plans for the future.

Covesea Lighthouse, near Lossiemouth.
Covesea Lighthouse, near Lossiemouth.

Visitors can enjoy 360-degree views on virtual tours from Burghead Visitor Centre and Covesea Lighthouse in videos created by Dr Alan Miller, of St Andrews University.

And there will be a video featuring Forres Town Hall, which has recently been transferred to the ownership of Forres Area Community Trust.

Moray Council development officer Alan MacBeth, who organises the event, said: "We hope everyone enjoys these videos and that they will be a lasting legacy for the venues to use in future.

"We very much look forward to welcoming folk back in person for next year’s Moray Doors Open Day.

"Meantime, let’s get behind and support our local venues in this virtual way from this weekend."

People can tune in to see the videos on the Moray Doors Open Day website from Saturday, September 18.

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