Corstorphine Dovecot
Corstorphine Dovecot
Seeming strangely out of place amid mdern housing stands this 16th century beehive shaped dovecot that once served long-vanished Corstophine Castle. The dovecot is in a very good state of preservation, with nesting boxes still complete and well-used by local pigeons.
The base of the dovecot is almost 89 feet in diameter, with walls almost 4 feet thick. Each course of the wall is stepped, or recessed slightly, above the previous course, creating the distintive beehive profile common to many dovecots of this period in Scotland.

There are 28 tiers of stone nests inside, totalling space for 1060 nests. Access for the birds is by way of 6 holes in the south wall.

The rmain access road to Corstophine Castle passed close to the dovecot site. The castle was built in 1390 by the Forrester family on the present Castle Avenue, and was used until the 18th century. It was ruinous by the late 19th century, and no trace now remains.