Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 35208 54590
335208, 954590


Early 18th century pair large harl pointed rubble lectern

cotes, sited symmetrically in front of Ackergill Tower. Each

south facing, high north wall with paired doorways, paired

windows below wallhead in south wall, 2 rat ledges the upper

stepped at the gables; crowsteps; steeply pitched Caithness

slate roofs.

East cote; double chambered dovecote, each with 900 stone

nesting boxes each box individually plastered at rear. Paired

front windows blocked; pair large ruinous sky-lights which

probably replace former dormered or swept flightholes.

West cote; 1 blocked rear door; no evidence of nesting boxes

within; remains of rough joisting indicates former 1st floor;

fireplace with mural flue in north wall at 1st floor level;

building in poor condition.

Statement of Special Interest

There is no remaining evidence that the west cote was

intended to serve pigeons. Heated henhouses are not unknown

in Caithness, and this might have been original use.

Otherwise garden room? Recently has been used as cattle




Elizabeth Beaton, THE DOOCOTS OF CAITHNESS (1980) pp.12-16, (illustrated)

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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