INVERCLYDE residents will have the chance to see inside 20 locations normally closed to the public in this years Doors Open Day.

The free festival celebrates Scotland’s history and this year marks its 30th birthday.

The programme has a James Watt Theme as 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the world-famous Greenock born inventor's death.

There will be a Watt historical trail and bus tours of Port Glasgow, Kilmacolm and Gourock.

Themed arts and crafts will also be provided in the Tobacco Warehouse by Rig Arts.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, who is convener of the local authority's education and communities committee, is encouraging people to take the opportunity to visit the attractions on their doorstep.

He said: “The aim of Doors Open Days is to make Scotland’s buildings, old and new, open and accessible to people living and visiting the country.

Inverclyde has a wealth of historic buildings that are definitely worth visiting.

"Many of us never take the time to be a ‘tourist in our own town’ so now is the time to find all the attractions on your doorstep.”

Doors Open Days will be held on Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1.

Highlights this year include the likes of Greenock Tobacco Warehouse, Greenock Fire Station, the Robert Burns Museum at the Custom House, The Beacon and HMP Greenock.

Tours can be booked by visiting or by calling 712032.

The full programme and list of locations taking part is available on the Doors Open Day 2019 website