History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Unusual beehive design
The string courses were a measure to prevent rats climbing the walls and getting in through the pigeon access holes at the top.
The design is best described as similar to a wedding cake, rising in concentric layers, each smaller than the last. What makes the Rendall Doocot so interesting is that most doocots on Orkney were built as a rectangle, or to a square plan, with a lean-to roof.
Access is easy; just take the signed drive to Hall of Rendall off Gorseness Road, between Gorseness and the Tingwall ferry. There is a small parking area and the doocot is easily visible from the drive. Access is limited to exterior views, as the doocot is still used by local birds.
Please be careful not to alarm the birds when approaching the building. I thought the doocot was quite striking because of its unusual design, though it is a shame there was no internal access to see the nesting boxes.
About Rendall Doocot
Address: Hall of Rendall, Rendall, Mainland, Orkney, Highlands and Islands, Scotland, KW17 2EZ
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Down a small lane, accessed off the A966. The doocot is signposted and there is a small parking area, with a very short walk to the doocot.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Cottascarth and Rendall Moss RSPB - 3.3 miles (Countryside)
Cubbie Row's Castle - 3.7 miles (Castle)
Taversoe Tuick Chambered Cairn - 4.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Blackhammer Chambered Tomb - 4.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Broch of Gurness - 4.6 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Knowe of Yarso Chambered Cairn - 4.6 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Birsay Moors RSPB - 5.1 miles (Countryside)
Rennibister Earth-House - 5.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Rendall Doocot:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Rendall Doocot. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
The Travel Centre
West Castle Street
Highlands and Islands
Tel: 01856 872 856
Fax: 01856 875 056