South Scotland

Scottish historic buildings land £1m boost

Haining House
Image caption Haining House in the Borders is one of six beneficiaries of the Historic Scotland grants

Six historic buildings across Scotland are set to receive more than £1m of funding to help carry out repairs.

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Craigston Castle, Dunoon Burgh Halls, Drum Castle, the Haining Estate and Ullapool Museum will all benefit.

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said the funding would help buildings "in the heart of our communities".

She said every one of the sites involved represented "something unique" with a "story to tell".

The biggest beneficiary of the Historic Scotland funding is Drum Castle which will be given £465,720 to boost its business as a wedding venue.

Another Aberdeenshire site, Craigston Castle, also receives nearly £250,000 which will help towards a sustainable tourism project.

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery has landed a similar sum to assist its expansion plans while Dunoon Burgh Halls benefit from about £160,000.

A smaller grant of £37,494 goes to the Haining Estate in the Borders which was left to the local community by former lawyer Andrew Nimmo-Smith following his death in 2009.

It is hoped the mansion can ultimately be overhauled to form a contemporary arts, music and literature centre.

The final beneficiary is Ullapool Museum where £14,011 will allow the continued use of the site as a community resource.

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