The Doocot & Walled Garden
The doocot is the second largest example in Edinburgh, and once contained nearly 2000 sandstone nestboxes. Its purpose would have been to keep the local laird in meat throughout the year, but local farmers would have suffered as the pigeons fed on their land.
The doocot was re-roofed in 2006.
The doocot and former walled garden are on the north side of the burn and south of Hermitage Drive.
In the 12th century Henri de Brad lived in a tower house on the crags above where Hermitage House is now. He had lands which extended to the Pentland Hills, where the source of the Braid Burn is. The tower house developed into a fortified castle, but all that is left now is the doocot and the remains of the walled garden.
There was a Ground Breaking Ceremony on Thursday 23rd February, and the heavy diggers have moved in. There is an interpretation panel on the site to tell you more about what is going on, and you can also look at our Facebook page which will have the latest information and progress reports.
Plans for Restoration of the Walled Garden
Click here to look at the plans for the restoration of the walled garden. (The quality of the images has been reduced for the website to make the file size smaller.)
Click here to see some notes on what the project is all about.