History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Built atop a 12th century castle motte
The doocot is fascinating as much for what it overlooks as for what it is. If you stand beside the doocot and look down the long, sloping hillside to the south, where farm fields now lie, you are looking across the site of a bloody battle. On 9 May, 1645 James Graham, the Marquis of Montrose, led his royalist army to victory here against a force of Covenanters under the command of Major-General Sir John Hurry. It should have been a one-sided battle; Hurry had 4000 men, while Montrose had just 1500.
The Covenanters tried a surprise dawn attack, but Montrose was warned ahead of time and was ready. It was a near-run thing, but the Covanenter cavalry accidentally attacked their own lines, and the Royalists were able to kill over 2000 of their enemies in the confusion. There is a information plaque explaining about the battle near the doocot.
NB. A recent architectural survey by the National Trust for Scotland suggests a slightly later date of construction; sometime shortly after 1740.
About Boath Doocot
Address: A96, Auldearn, Highlands, Scotland, IV12 5TE
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Just off the A96, 2 miles east of Nairn
Website: Boath Doocot
National Trust for Scotland
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Nearest Accommodation to Boath Doocot:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Boath 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.
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