SOME of Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire’s most iconic attractions will welcome visitors for free this weekend as part of Doors Open Day 2017.

The “Porridge Bowl”, unique gargoyles and the home of Robert Burns’ compatriot are just a few of the intriguing sights and locations visitors to Renfrewshire can experience next weekend.

Meanwhile in East Renfrewshire, Neilston Parish Church, Barrhead Community Fire Station and Cathcart Cemetery will be open for the public to explore.

Part of a worldwide event with more than 50 countries taking part, Doors Open Days is a celebration of the fantastic architecture and significant history of the region.

On Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3, everyone will have the opportunity to experience a weekend of exploration, as many venues not normally accessible to the public open their doors for a look inside.

Among the sites for Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day is the home of Robert Tannahill, the “Weaver Poet” who formed a close relationship with Robert Burns.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to look inside the John Neilson Institute which, due to its distinctive roof, is nicknamed the Porridge Bowl.

Sunday will see the Renfrew Victory Baths welcome visitors in on a guided tour of the striking Edwardian swimming pool which was awarded Grade ‘B’ listed status in 1971.

Castle Semple in Lochwinnoch will offer tours of the lookout tower giving visitors a chance to take in the spectacular views of the loch and Garnock Valley.

More than 50 buildings and locations will be open for the public in Renfrewshire across the weekend ensuring there is something to peak everyone’s interest.

Meanwhile in East Renfrewshire, the recently-restored Neilston Parish Church will showcase an excellent example of 18th century Scottish ecclesiastical architecture on Saturday.

Greenbank Garden, in Clarkston, will be sure to inspire keen gardeners over the weekend for its oasis of tranquillity and beauty, with more than 3,600 named species of plants.

Whitelee is the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, with more than 130 kilometres of trails to explore, on foot, by cycle or by horse and can be visited on Saturday and Sunday.

Kids can collect their own Doors Open Days passport from participating buildings in Renfrewshire and libraries which they can fill up with stamps.

Collecting five stamps will see them rewarded with a certificate and a gift.

To find out more about participating attractions accross Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and elsewhere in Scotland visit