This B-listed doocot is one of the earliest surviving examples from the 16th century. These early doocots were intended solely for the purpose of farming pigeons for their meat. Pigeons were a highly desirable addition to the winter diet at a time when fresh meat was not available. The Scottish Flag Trust approached Valencia Communities Fund for £10,000 towards reharling; a roughcast wall finish consisting of lime and aggregate, known for its rough texture. The overall cost of the restoration work was £33,614 and the work has stopped the deterioration of the popular doocot.
Photo credits to Scottish Flag Trust