Discover Scotland’s ‘Braw Buildings’ with Hostelling Scotland

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Hostelling Scotland is inviting young people and families to apply for Braw Buildings 2019, which will give them the opportunity to explore some of Scotland’s most fascinating buildings, whilst at the same time exploring a new area of the country.


This is the second year that the charity, which launched in 1931, has partnered with The Scottish Civic Trust’s Doors Open Days Festival for the project.

Doors Open Days, which takes place around Scotland throughout September, gives people free access to hundreds of buildings, some that are closed to the public for the rest of the year, and to special festival events.

Braw Buildings 2019 offers both young people and families in Scotland the chance to go on a free weekend away, staying in one of six youth hostels across the country, during the Doors Open Days Festival – Inverness, Aberdeen, Pitlochry, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. They will then have the opportunity to explore some of Scotland’s most iconic buildings being showcased as part of the annual Doors Open Days.

Hostelling Scotland Chief Executive, Margo Paterson, said: “The Braw Buildings Project 2019 will this year support both young people aged 16 to 25 and families from across Scotland by offering a fantastic opportunity for them to explore and experience our beautiful country, stay in a youth hostel and discover some of the fascinating buildings taking part in Doors Open Days – all for free.

Dr Susan O’Connor, Director of The Scottish Civic Trust, said: “Doors Open Days gives over 100,000 people free access to over 1,000 venues and events across Scotland every September. This year, we are celebrating 30 years of Doors Open Days with an incredible programme of events, from swimming pools full of flowers to tours of Scotland’s finest buildings hosted by refugees. This is a chance for young people and families to explore unknown parts of Scotland and learn about our shared cultural heritage. We can’t wait to learn about what they discover.”

Young people aged 16 to 25, and families with at least one child aged up to 15 years, from across Scotland who are keen to explore new parts of the country, are being encouraged to apply. To apply for Braw Buildings 2019 please go to: www.hostellingscotland.org.uk/braw-buildings The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 15 July.

In 2018, 34 young people from all over Scotland took part in Braw Buildings. Participants visited a number of Doors Open Days venues, including Arlington Baths Club in Glasgow and Ness Bank Church in Inverness.

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