HELENSBURGH’S war memorial and the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club (RNCYC) in Rhu feature in this weekend’s virtual Doors Open Days festival.

The category A listed structure in Hermitage Park and the B listed Ardenvohr clubhouse make up two of the 19 venues and attractions throughout Argyll and Bute listed so far in the annual celebration of heritage and the built environment.

Also featuring is the story of the three villages of Arrochar, Tarbet and Succoth and the stunning buildings and scenery within them.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, this year’s event is going digital, with buildings and venues showcasing their qualities via a series of online links.

Viewers will be able to access images, virtual tours and other information resources on each participating venue in Argyll and Bute this Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27.

The RNCYC clubhouse was built by local architect Thomas Gildard for Daniel Walkinshaw in 1857.

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It later became the estate of the Muir family, and was bought in 1937 by the Royal Northern Yacht Club, which merged with the Royal Clyde Yacht Club in 1978.

Describing the RNCYC, the festival organisers state: “Ardenvohr is a large and well-detailed example of a grand mid-19th century baronial villa.

“It was built by local architect Thomas Gildard for Daniel Walkinshaw in 1857. It later became the estate of the Muir family.

“It was acquired by the Royal Northern Yacht Club as its clubhouse in 1937 and remains the headquarters of the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club formed by the merger of the Royal Northern and Royal Clyde Yacht Clubs in 1978.

“Much of the internal architectural details remain and many historic club artefacts are displayed in the grand rooms. Externally the grounds and club jetty provide wonderful views of the Gareloch.”

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RNCYC members voted in 2016 to leave the clubhouse, with a new housing development planned for the current site.

The war memorial in Hermitage Park was constructed and dedicated in 1922 and is the focus of a National Lottery funded project by the Friends of Hermitage Park to biograph all of the 313 men and one woman listed on it.

Other Argyll and Bute venues which will feature in this weekend’s schedule include the Campbeltown Picture House, one of the earliest purpose-built cinemas in Scotland; Dunoon Pier, the last Victorian wooden pier in the UK; and Rothesay Pavilion, still undergoing a £14m renovation.

For more information about the virtual event in Argyll and Bute, visit doorsopendays.org.uk.

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