The Ross Doocot, in Learmonth Gardens, close to the Strawberry Bank area of Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland. Doocot is the Scots word for a building devoted to the domestication of pigeons.

Built by the Barons Ross of Halkhead in the 16th century, to fattened pigeons as part of the winter diet, it is a circular beehive dovecot, containing 370 nesting boxes in its thick rubble walls, bound by three projecting rat-courses.

Learmonth Gardens commemorate Alexander Learmonth, Provost of Linlithgow, 1802-1807. A Provost is the Scots equivalent of a Mayor.

The Ross Doocot is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 37468).

Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.


Related shots can be found at: Linlithgow, Lowland Scotland or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • sleepyeyed
    sleepyeyedover 6 years ago

    This is really good Tom. I love all the vibrant colors and I would love to see Scotland. This is amazing…..Love that ? dovecot ? is that right? Wow just beautiful

  • You would love Scotland. I have been to a lot of places in the USA, but I have never been to Arkansas. Maybe someday …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 6 years ago

    Great capture and colour Tom

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 6 years ago

    great hdr Tom love the colours and never knew this type of building existed

  • The Dovecots (or Doocots) are quite common in Scotland though sadly they are disappearing. I was born and raised in Linlithgow and the Doocot was one of the places that my friends and I would play. I took this photograph today and was surprised to see that the entrance (on the other side of the image) has been bricked over, but the structure is in very good condition and is being maintained well.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Carlos Teófilo
    Carlos Teófiloover 6 years ago

    Wonderful scenary Tom.

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    gorgeous-the colors are fantastic!

  • Janet Ellen Lusk
    Janet Ellen Luskover 6 years ago

    Another great one Tom, what history! Is there a town called Lusk there…… My predecessors on a grant from King George came to this country…USA…before the Revolutionary War.

  • I have not heard of a town called Lusk, but Lusk is a Scottish family name. Check out this geneology link.

    – Tom Gomez

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 6 years ago

    Love this Tom looks like a bee hive ! great colours too

  • Mayina
    Mayinaover 6 years ago

    Great image Tom!

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 6 years ago

    great catch,,,,,,,,,never seen one of these

  • patti haskins
    patti haskinsover 6 years ago

    Lovely relic of olde, great color .

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