Ancient Doocot at Elcho, Perth and Kinross


I was beginning to think that we must have taken a wrong turning when we were trying to find Elcho Castle, but eventually we reached this ancient dovecote or doocot as we say in Scotland. The doocot would have been used for pigeons to nest in in the castle’s heyday, an important source of meat for the inhabitants.


I said in my earlier Elcho post here that you have to drive through a working farmyard to reach the castle and it’s just by the doocot, this sort of millpond is just across the road and as you can see there’s a barn in the background. There are a few wee cottages there too, it looks an idyllic place to live but it’s incredibly isolated and I think they must be cut off in bad winters.


But to have a burn running through my garden like this one I wouldn’t mind living in a doocot, not that anyone does live in this one but I’m sure you could get some light into the place somehow nowadays. It’s like something out of a fairy tale, it would be almost as good as living in a lighthouse – something which I’ve always fancied!

4 thoughts on “Ancient Doocot at Elcho, Perth and Kinross

  1. I live here! (Not in the Doo’cot 😂) it really is a beautiful place to live and raise my boys, we have an excellent wee community here. I’m actually missing the tourists this year! (Due to covid)

    • Amber,
      Lucky you! It really does look like something out of a fairy tale. I’m glad to hear that you have a lovely wee community too. I’m looking forward to going back and maybe having a picnic there when we’re allowed to travel that far. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.

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