After the success of its popular Open Afternoon in April, Abercairny Estate near Crieff was delighted to contribute to the Perthshire Doors Open Days activities last Sunday with an historical tour of the magnificent gothic stables, recently converted into an events venue (see www.abercairny.com).
The highlight of the day was a special Waterloo anniversary display. Estate Manager, Daniel Parker, gave a talk around a portrait and artefacts of his wife’s ancestor Major William Moray Stirling of Abercairny, who was wounded after leading a number of cavalry charges. A huge diorama of model soldiers hand-painted by Neil Thompson showed how this close-run battle was won.
Daniel explained that the new venue is serving to preserve an impressive Listed Building which can now be enjoyed by the public: “I hope that this will give visitors another great reason to come to Strathearn and provide additional work for local businesses - especially in entertainment, catering and accommodation.”
Visitors then explored the terraced gardens in the sunshine with gardener Ann Hubbard. Abercairny plans to open up walks through the parks and arboretum while continuing to bring the gardens back to their former glory and re-join the National Garden Scheme to raise money for nursing and caring charities. The afternoon was concluded by afternoon tea with some specially commissioned cupcakes showing the gate towers of the stables!
The estate looks forward to working with the Scottish Civic Trust and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust again in their initiative to enable people to “discover the architecture, places and spaces right on your doorstep or explore a new part of the country”.