a 16th century 'beehive' (Doocot)amongst the castle ruins, although the doocot has survived.
Early free standing purpose built doocots in Scotland are of a "beehive" shape, circular in plan and tapering up to a domed roof with a circular opening at the top.
Nearly all Scottish Doocots are built of local stone and a typical beehive style can accommodate around 500 birds, whilst the largest lectern type can hold well over 2000. Access for the birds into a beehive doocot is normally via louvered vents.
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