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Where to Photograph Doocots in Scotland

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph Doocots/Dovecotes within the UK, and this list concentrates on those we have identified in Scotland. This is the start of a list that will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information. We have also created the following lists for those that we have identified in England and Wales.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

Codes:  Wiki Pic = Picture on Wikimedia, Geograph = Picture on Geograph, NTS = National Trust for Scotland

Location

Near

Cty

NGR

Website

Notes

Aberdeenshire

Mains of Auchmacoy

Auchmacoy

ABD

NJ989314

Geograph

Visible from the road from Ellon towards Peterhead.

Round Tower

Drumblade

ABD

NJ583414

Geograph

 

Balbegno Dovecot

Fettercairn

ABD

NO640729

Geograph

Square brick, between Belgeno Farm and Castle

Gash of Philorth Doocot

Fraserburgh

ABD

NK000626

Wiki Pic

Geograph

Prominent landmark on the southern approach to Fraserburgh

Craigievar Dovecote

Kintocher

ABD

NJ566094

Geograph

 

Delgatie Castle Doocot

Muiryfold

ABD

NJ754506

Geograph

Geograph2

In the castle grounds unusual 3 storey circular design where two upper storeys are smaller than the ground, looks a bit like a 3 tiered cake.

Mounthooly Doocot

Peathill

ABD

NJ924659

Geograph

Geograph2

 

Findlater Doocot

Sandend

ABD

NJ539667

Wiki Pic

Geograph

Geograph2

16th century Beehive style, rubble construction lime washed, with 700 nest boxes. Once served Findlater Castle, now in open field.

Fetterletter Doocot

Woodhead

ABD

NJ803389

Geograph

Originally thatched doocots

Angus

Mains of Rochelhill

Charleston

ANS

NO375451

Geograph

 

Tealing Dovecot and Earth House

Dundee

ANS

NO412381

Historic Scotland

Wiki Pic

Geograph

16th century square

Glamis Castle Doocot

Glamis

ANS

NO383472

Wiki Pic

Geograph

Geograph2

 

Kinnettles Doocot

Kirkton

ANS

NO424466

Geograph

Geograph2

Lectern style

Finavon Doocot

Milton of Finavon

ANS

NO491570

Wiki Pic

Believed to have been built in the 18th century and has 2400 nesting boxes, the largest in Scotland. Alongside A90.

The Doocot

North Water Bridge

ANS

NO642665

Geograph

 

Pitmuies Doocot

Pitmuies

ANS

NO567497

Geograph

Unusal turreted design dating from 1643 with over 1000 nest boxes. One of the turrets used as the feed store. Within Pitmuies Gardens.

Argyllshire

Carloonan Doocot

Inverary

ARL

NN087106

Geograph

Mid 18th century doocot.

Ayrshire

Dunure Castle Doocot

Dunure

AYR

NS252158

Geograph

Historical Monuments of Scotland

Geograph2

16th century beehive reported to have 200 nest boxes. Amongst the castle ruins, which were ruined in the late 1600s although doocot seems to have survived. Dominates Kennedy Park.

Crossaguel Abbey Dovecot

Maybole

AYR

NS275083

Historic Scotland

Geograph

Geograph2

Geograph3

 

Dalmore Doocot

Stair

AYR

NS435232

Wiki Pic

 

Berwickshire

Ninewells Doocot

Chirnside

BEW

NT870561

Scotlands Places

Geograph

circular beehive dating back to the 16th century, in a garden next to the church

Whitehall Doocot

Chirnside

BEW

NT872551

Historic Monuments of Scotland

Geograph

Rectangular 2 chambered with remains of a monopitched roof

Nisbet Hill Doocot

Duns

BEW

NT796506

Wiki Pic

Geograph

18th century pentagonal with crenellated parapet and ribbed stone roof.

Gunsgreen House Doocot

Eyemouth

BEW

NT947642

Wiki Pic

Geograph

19th century doocot with battlements on 3 sides, now residential

Cothill Folly/Doocot

Fogo

BEW

NT760498

Wiki Pic

At end of long avenue of trees from Marchmont House

Caithness

Freswick Doocot

Caisbay

CAI

ND377670

Details

3 stage beehive, 2 doors and 500 nest holes.

Dale House Doocot

Westerdale

CAI

ND130520

Details

Beehive with 700 nest boxes

Ackergill Doocot

Wick

CAI

 

Details

2 x large lectern doocots in the grounds of Ackergill House.

Dunbartonshire

Dougalston Golf Course Doocot

Milngavie

DNB

NS562745

Wiki Pic

Geograph

Hexagonal dovecote dating from mid-late 18th century

East Lothian

Luffness Doocot

Aberlady

ELN

NT475804

Wiki Pic

Late 16th century beehive design in the grounds of Luffness House

Tantollen Doocot

Auldhame

ELN

NT595850

Wiki Pic

Wiki Pic

Lectern type square red sandstone tower with pitch roof sloping south from the 17th century. Inside rat courses dividing stages. In castle bailey of Tantallon Castle on a 30m high cliff overlooking Bass Rock.

Bolton Doocot

Bolton

ELN

NT507701

Wiki Pic

Geograph

 

Ruthven Dovecot at Dirleton Castle

Dirleton

ELN

NT516839

Historic Scotland

Geograph

Beehive one of the best preserved in Scotland with over 1000 nesting boxes.

Belton House Doocot

Dunbar

ELN

NT645768

Wiki Pic

Mainly in ruins was a two roomed lectern doocot.

Bowerhouse Doocot

Dunbar

ELN

NT668767

Wiki Pic

Rectangular 2 storey lectern type from the late 16th century.

Friars Croft Doocot

Dunbar

ELN

NT677788

Wiki Pic

The only remains of a Trinitarian Priory.

East Fortune Doocot

East Fortune

ELN

NT547792

Geograph

Small lectern style

Rockville Farm Doocot

East Fortune

ELN

NT551818

Wiki Pic

Originally 18th century windmill later used as Doocot split in 3 stages and toped by a cone-shaped roof.

Waughton Doocot

East Fortune

ELN

NT567808

Wiki Pic

Dates from 1500s. Beehive shape and near Waughton Castle remains.

Drylawhill Doocot

East Linton

ELN

NT586780

Wiki Pic

Wiki Pic2

Built on a rock outcrop near Drylaw House.

Nunraw Doocto

Gavald

ELN

NT597706

Wiki Pic

In grounds of Cistercian monastic community.

Herdmaston Doocot

Gladsmuir

ELN

NT470699

Wiki Pic

2 chambered 17th century lectern dovecot with two rat courses. Around 2000 nest boxes

Lady Kittys Doocot

Haddington

ELN

NT518737

Wiki Pic

18th century circular ornamental gothic detailed dovecote built as part of a walled garden.

Humbie Manse Doocot

Humbie

ELN

NT461637

Geograph

18th century lectern originally housed 1500 pigeons, now a human residence.

Johnstounburn House Doocot

Humbie

ELN

NT459617

Wiki Pic

Geograph

Double lectern style dovecote dating from early 17th century. 2 floors and a central round pillar lined with nest boxes around 2000 in total

Keith Marishcal Doocot

Humbie

ELN

NT448643

Wiki Pic

Octagonal 3 stage built in red sandstone in 1801. Doorways on each stage.

Huntington Doocot

Huntington

ELN

NT485749

Wiki Pic

1750s two stage classical square dovecote at Huntington House.

Thurston House Doocot

Innerwick

ELN

NT707743

Wiki Pic

 

Redcoll Doocot

Longniddry

ELN

NT450752

Wiki Pic

2 storey 19th century doocot in the wall of a quadrangle steading. Low pyramidal roof.

Elvingston House Doocot

Longnidry

ELN

NT461744

Wiki Pic

3 storey circular with battlement top and 2 rat courses from 18th century.

St Germains Doocot

Macmerry

ELN

NT425745

Wiki Pic

18th century 2 storey circular remains of former battlemented parapet

East Road Doocot

North Berwick

ELN

NT554852

Wiki Pic

18th century lectern style of 2-4 East Road.

Heugh Doocot

North Berwick

ELN

NT562842

Wiki Pic

 

North Berwick Abbey Doocot

North Berwick

ELN

NT548849

Wiki Pic

Remains

Castlesteads Doocot

Old Craighall

ELN

NT336698

Wiki Pic

18th century

Ormiston Hall Doocto

Ormiston

ELN

NT412673

Wiki Pic

18th century circular tower

Papple Steading and Doocot

Papple

ELN

NT590724

Geograph

 

Fountainhall Doocots

Peastonbank

ELN

NT427676

Wiki Pic

2 lectern style dovecotes, one built in 17th century they second in the 18th century separated by a cart shed.

Pencaitland Parish Church Tower & Doocot

Pencaitland

ELN

NT443690

Wiki Pic

Geograph

4 stage tower with the interior of 3rd stage being lined with nesting boxes for the doocot in the 17th century.

Wester Pencaitland Doocot

Pencaitland

ELN

NT440689

Geograph

Large 17th century lectern

Biel House Doocot

Pitcox

ELN

NT638758

Geograph

19th century double lectern, stone nests and 24 entry holes, one chamber contains a ladder, the other chamber is in ruin.

Northfield House Doocot

Prestonpans

ELN

NT395745

Wiki Pic

Geograph

16th century beehive style with domed roof with 600 stone nest boxes. Restored by NT for Scotland

Preston Tower Doocot

Prestonpans

ELN

NT391742

Wiki Pic

Geograph

Geograph2

Late 16th century lectern doocot with 985 nests. In the grounds of Preston Tower medieval house.

Phantassie Doocot

Prestron Mill

ELN

NT597774

Wiki Pic

NTS

Beehive topped with a monopitch roof.

Redhouse Castle Doocot

Spital

ELN

NT462770

Wiki Pic

Geograph

Geograph2

Double lectern with crowstepped gables each chamber has 339 nests.

Spott Doocot

Spott

ELN

NT675755

Wiki Pic

Large 2 chambered lectern doocot at Spott House

Little Ruchlaw Doocot

Stenton

ELN

NT616740

Wiki Pic

Large lectern doocot

Hailes Castle Tower & Doocot

Traprain

ELN

NT574757

Wiki Pic

14th century tower which later became a dovecot for the fortified house

Dolphingstone Doocot

Wallyford

ELN

NT381727

Wiki Pic

17th century beehive type

St Clements Wells Farm Doocot

Wallyford

ELN

NT374713

Wiki Pic

Small lectern style

Saltoun Hall Doocot

West Saltoun

ELN

NT459684

Geograph

Square 18th century castellated folly at Saltoun Hall with octagonal lantern on top. Inside is circular lined with nest boxes.

Fife

Aberdour Castle Doocot

Aberdour

FIF

NT193854

Wiki Pic

Historic Scotland

Room for 1000 birds.

East Grange Doocot

Blairhall

FIF

NT002889

Wiki Pic

Lectern style

Durie Doocot

Bonnybank

FIF

NO371025

Geograph

Octagonal concave sides standing 11 metres high and crenellated roof from 18th century.

Newbigging Doocot

Burntisland

FIF

NT213861

Wiki Pic

 

Balcarres Doocot

Colinsburgh

FIF

NO471044

Geograph

 

Priory Doocot

Crail

FIF

NO615078

Geograph

Geograph2

16th century built for the former nunnery, circular beehive, at the east end of the village by the shore.

Hill of Tarvit Cupar FIF NO378115 Own  

Pittencrieff Park Doocot

Dunfermline

FIF

NT086875

Geograph

Built 1770. Circular pavilion style with castellated top.

Aldross Doocot

Elie

FIF

NO507007

Geograph

Geograph2

 

Boarhills Doocot North

Fife

FIF

NO565144

Wiki Pic

Geograph

Remains of lectern style

Grange Doocot Grange FIF NO359229 Own  

Hidden Doocot at Fordell Castle

Hillend

FIF

NT144853

Wiki Pic

 

Pitkiere Doocot

Kilrenny

FIF

NO554055

Wiki Pic

Octagonal

Ravenscraig Doocot

Kirkcaldy

FIF

NT293925

Geograph

Beehive style

Leuchars Doocot

Leuchars

FIF

NO451218

Own

Wiki Pic

NW of village in fields by Castle Farm

Letham School Brae Letham FIF NO306145 Own Lectern style
Lochmalony Doocot Lochmalony FIF NO365200 Own  

Melville Doocot

Monimail

FIF

NO302127

Geograph

Converted from a windmill in the late 1700s

Scotscraig Doocot

Scotscraig

FIF

NO446282

Geograph

Geograph2

 

Bogward Doocot

St Andrews

FIF

NO491156

Own

Geograph

Beehive style originally on Bogward Farm, which in the 1970s was developed into a housing estate. It has 800 nest boxes.

Doocot

St Andrews

FIF

 

Wiki Pic

In a private garden and not visible.

St Marys College Doocot

St Andrews

FIF

NO509164

Wiki Pic

17th century rectangle doocot with crow stepped gables in grounds of St Andrews University Medical School. Accessible on foot.

Inverness-shire

Culloden Dovecote

Inverness

INV

NT720461

Wiki Pic

Geograph

Historic Scotland

Late 18th century originally belonged to Culloden House. Close to road as you pass through village on a mound close to Culloden House Stables.

Lanarkshire

Daldowie Doocot

Baillieston

LKS

NS667629

Geograph

Geograph2

Moved here from original site and restored.

Cumbernauld Glen Doocot

Cumbernauld

LKS

NS776762

Geograph

Geograph2

Cumbernauld House Park

 

Mid Lothian

Loquhariot Doocot

Borthwick

MLN

NT371609

Geograph

Geograph2

 

Corstophine Doocot

Corstorphine

MLN

NT200725

Historic Scotland

Geograph

Large 16th century beehive with 1000 nesting boxes complete. In Dovecot Road, south of the High Street amongst some residential bungalows.

Craigmillar Castle Doocot

Craigmillar

MLN

NT288709

Geograph

 

Sheriffhall Doocot

Dalkeith

MLN

NT320679

Geograph

17th century originally a tower house.

Nether Liberton Doocot

Edinburgh

MLN

NT273705

Wiki Pic

Early 17th century large 2 chambered dovecote with over 2000 nest boxes.

Whiteburgh Doocot

Fala Dam

MLN

NT423629

Geograph

 

Caroline Park Doocot

Granton

MLN

NT226772

Geograph

 

Lochend Park Doocto

Leith

MLN

NT276749

Geograph

16th century beehive.

Hermitage Doocot

Morningside

MLN

NT248703

Geograph

2 chambered lectern style from the late 17th or early 18th century with 1965 nest holes.

Loretto School Doocot

Musselburgh

MLN

NT347729

Wiki Pic

Battlement top with turrets, now a memorial clock tower.

Pinkie House Doocot

Musselburgh

MLN

NT350728

Wiki Pic

Two chambered lectern doocot now standing in the sports field of a school.

Newliston Doocot

Newbridge

MLN

NT111735

Geograph

Early 1700s lectern style

Salters Road Doocot

Pathhead

MLN

NT423628

Wiki Pic

 

Bankton House Doocot

Prestonpans

MLN

NT394736

Wiki Pic

 

Morayshire

Gordonstoun Doocot

Duffus

MOR

NJ183689

Wiki Pic

A beehive type.

Miltonduff Doocto

Elgin

MOR

NJ180602

Wiki Pic

 

New Elgin Doocot

Elgin

MOR

NJ221618

Wiki Pic

Geograph

In a park

Orton Doocot

Orton

MOR

NJ315535

Wiki Pic

 

Quarrywood Doocot

Quarrywood

MOR

NJ181641

Geograph

Historical Monuments

15th century, small square building with overlapping stone slabs on its roof. Converted to a water tank in 1906.

Nairnshire

Auldearn Old Doocot

Auldearn

NAI

NH917556

Geograph

Geograph2

17th century doocot on Castle Hill.

Orkney Isles

The Dovecot

Berstand

OKI

HY470100

Geograph

Geograph2

 

Warsetter Doocot

Braeswick

OKI

HY630376

Geograph

17th century

Rendall Doocto

Gorseness

OKI

HY422207

Wiki Pic

Geograph

Round 17th century dovecote.

Perthshire

Elcho Castle Doocot

Elcho

PER

NO163209

Wiki Pic

Geograph

Geograph2

16th century Beehive doocot between Elcho Farm and Castle

Megginch Castle Doocot

Errol

PER

NO240246

Wiki Pic

 

Kinnaird Doocot

Kinnaird

PER

NO242288

Geograph

For Kinnaird Castle

Kincarrathie Doocot

Perth

PER

NO123247

Geograph

Built in 1694 next to Kincarrathie House, now a care home.

Renfrewshire

Newark Castle

Port Glasgow

RFW

NS327745

Wiki Pic

Wiki

Geograph

Geograph2

Corner tower of defensive wall converted to Doocot in 1597 when wall was demolished.

Roxburghshire

Dryburgh Abbey House Doocot

St Boswells

ROX

NT591315

Geograph

From 1828

Mertoun House Garden Doocot St Boswells ROX NT621318

Garden Visit

Multimap

Oldest surviving Scottish doocot from 1567. Beehive.
Selkirkshire

Burnhouse Doocot

Fountainhill

SEL

NT439492

Geograph

 

Stirlingshire

Westquarter Dovecot

Laurieston

STI

NS913787

Historic Scotland

Dated 1647

West Lothian

Linlithgow Canal Basin Doocot

Linlithgow

WLN

NT003769

Wiki Pic

Geograph

16th century

Midhope Doocto

Old Philpstoun

WLN

NT073785

Geograph

17th century 2 chambered lectern

This list will continue to grow as we come across new places. REMEMBER if know of somewhere that you feel is a good place please let us know.


See Also

Scottish Doocots

Dovecots

Dovecote Construction

 


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