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

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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