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Coastal path ceremony will be part of open day at historic John O'Groats Mill


By Alan Hendry

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John O'Groats Mill Trust is taking part in the national Doors Open Days programme on Saturday, September 18.
John O'Groats Mill Trust is taking part in the national Doors Open Days programme on Saturday, September 18.

Visitors will get an insight into the ambitious project to transform John O'Groats Mill into a community hub and visitor attraction at a free event this weekend.

John O'Groats Mill Trust is taking part in the national Doors Open Days programme and the event will coincide with the opening of a coastal path linking John O'Groats harbour with the mill complex.

The open day takes place on Saturday, September 18, from 10am until 4pm.

There will be an opportunity to learn about the history and heritage of the mill as well as the future plans through internal and external tours and an exhibition of images.

The new all-abilities path has been a joint project between the mill trust and John O'Groats Development Trust. It was funded by the Highland Coastal Communities Fund and Foundation Scotland through the Stroupster Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

The work has been carried out by Gordon Robertson of Barrock Quarry. An opening ceremony for the path will take place at noon.

Mill trust chairman Rognvald Brown said: "We're very much looking forward to opening up the mill to the community once again and sharing news on all the development work that has been going on behind the scenes.

"This is a great chance for locals and visitors alike to see the building for themselves and learn about the history of the mill and our plans for its future.

"The opening of the new coastal path really is the icing on the cake, providing an all-abilities route to the mill and a wonderful asset for the local community who have already been trying it out by bike, pram and on foot."

The open day is a free event and all are invited.

This is the 32nd year of Doors Open Days, an annual event coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust which celebrates heritage and the built environment.

The Wick Society is also taking part in Doors Open Days 2021. Visitors will be invited to look around Wick Heritage Museum and the nearby Cowie’s building on Sunday, from 10am to 4pm.

Following the success of Doors Open Days’ first digital festival in 2020, when 184,000 virtual visitors from around the world were welcomed, the 2021 event will have both online and in-person events and activities.

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