Open Doors Weekend in Stonehaven

By Jane Cruickshank / September 10, 2019
Ian Hunter at the sound desk of the radio station

It is soon to be Aberdeenshire’s Open Doors weekend, when members of the public get a chance for a sneaky peek into places they normally walk past or can’t go into.

Mearns FM is participating in this year’s event for the first time, allowing their listeners the opportunity to “present live on air” and discover the behind-the-scenes workings of a radio station.

The studio in the Town Hall is open for visitors on Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15, from 12 – 4pm. And if you find you enjoy the experience, then volunteers are always welcome to join the team of the community station that has recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary.

Full details of all the Aberdeenshire locations can be found here


Open Saturday September from 10am to 4pm,

Access will be given to the cabin which houses the station crew shed.  You will also get to view the kit, crew room and the lifeboat crew will be on hand to tell you all about what they do. 

There will be the opportunity to visit the boat shed and see where the lifeboats are kept, in a building that is as old as the harbour itself.
*Please note that the crew will be on call that day and so may need to attend emergencies.

St James the Great Episcopal Church

Open on Saturday 14 September from 10.00am – 5.00pm and Sunday 15 September with services at 9am & 10:30am (to which all are welcome) after which the church will remain open until 5:00pm.

On the day, delight in the churches beauty and take the opportunity to use a smart phone app to guide yourselves round the church. Members of the congregation will also be present to assist.

Stonehaven Community Fire Station

Open on Saturday 14 September 10:00am – 4:00pm

Learn about the role of a firefighter, see the fire engines and equipment and meet and talk to the crew. You will also be able to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit and they will demonstrate just what it takes to become a modern-day firefighter.

*Please note – the crew will be on call that day and so may need to attend to emergencies.

Stonehaven Harbour, Tolbooth Museum and Marine Scotland Science

Saturday September 14, 10am to 4pm

Marine Scotland Science will be hosting an exhibit within the courtyard of the Tolbooth Museum to highlight some of the scientific work conducted in the waters off Stonehaven’s coastline, including Marine Mammal research and the work of the Scottish Coastal Observatory which monitors changes in the marine environment.

Highly recommended for all ages, the exhibit will provide an opportunity to meet scientists undertaking work in a variety of marine topics such as fisheries, renewable energy, marine litter and aquaculture.

Stonehaven Clock Tower

Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15, 10am to 4.30pm

See the place that does what it says on the can – the costs of the original 1790 build were met by the town’s Common Good Fund and the sole purpose of the building was to contain the Town Clock. 

A large barometer dating to 1852 that was of huge benefit to local fishermen is also a feature of the tower that had an award winning refurbishment in 2015 .

The Tolbooth Museum

Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15, 10am to 4.30pm

The Tolbooth is the oldest building in Stonehaven, dating from the late 16th Century.  Stonehaven Tolbooth was built by George Keith, 4th Earl Marischal (c. 1553 – 1623), in Old Red Sandstone as a storehouse. Gables Crow Stepped. Chimney at west end. It is a category A listed building.