The Scottish Civic Trust launched Doors Open Days 2017 at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) on Friday, 1 August.

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration the Scottish Civic Trust has invited everyone from celebrities to members of the public to nominate their Favourite Scottish Door.   For fifty consecutive days this summer, the Trust has been celebrating a favourite door to a Scottish building.  They have been telling the story behind each door and what makes it so special in people’s lives – Granny’s house? First holiday? Best gig? School? Favourite castle? Even a pub?

Celebrities, professionals, sporting stars and politicians are just some of the people asked to nominate a door and explain why the building behind their chosen door is so significant to them and perhaps taking a selfie with the door or including a drawing or even a poem. 

50 Favourite Scottish Doors in partnership with Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM), part of Doors Open Days 2017, is supported by Historic Environment Scotland www.doorsopendays.org.uk

Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of AAM, has kicked things off with nomination of two doors:  The Former Pupils House at Robert Gordon’s College, which brings back great memories and where members of his family also attend, and the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse in St Andrews the home of golf, a sport he loves to play to unwind and relax.

Chef Nick Nairn has nominated the archway in Aberdeen’s St Nicholas Church which leads into a chapel and memorial for the victims of the Piper Alpha disaster in and singer, songwriter Fiona Kennedy OBE has nominated the front door of Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire which has the biggest key she has ever seen!  Author A.L. Kennedy has nominated the large double doors to Blackness Library in Perth while historian Tom Devine has nominated the door of Iona Abbey through which he led his daughter on her wedding day.

The Scottish Civic Trust linked the fifty doors through its Doors Open Days Twitter feed (@DoorsOpenDays) and Facebook pages (dodscotland), and published each day’s chosen door on the home page of the Doors Open Days website and the News page. 50 Favourite Scottish Doors counted down to the launch of Doors Open Days 2017 at the Botanic Cottage, winner of the 2017 Scottish Civic Trust's 'My Place Award'.

The list of people we have asked to nominate their favourite door includes actors, musicians, artists,architects, politicians, historians, My Place Photography Competition winners, My Place Awardswinners, athletes, writers, entrepreneurs but anyone can get involved by submitting nomination online at http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/50-favourite-scottish-doors/

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)