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Skye, Isleornsay Harbour Quay, Doocot

Dovecot (Period Unassigned), Toilet (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Skye, Isleornsay Harbour Quay, Doocot

Classification Dovecot (Period Unassigned), Toilet (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Seaflushing Lavatory

Canmore ID 253788

Site Number NG71SW 3.04

NGR NG 70270 12576

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Sleat
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Recording Your Heritage Online

Pier, c.1805 - a drystone quay, with rare survival of hand crane and well. Various dockside buildings, restored and gentrified in the 1990s, have ball finials and architraved windows proclaiming their new status. These include

Fearann Eilean Iarmain, converted from the former Isle Ornsay General Stores of c.1812 - the 'biggest shop between Skye and Glasgow' - to a smart office, and Gallery, the former grainstore converted by Alastair Alldridge of Wittets Architects. Seaflushing lavatory, 19th century, a pyramidroofed gazebo, converted as a doocot, 1990s, but retaining its original function and fittings.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press


External Reference (2011)

The building is an unusually elegant structure being stone built, with a slated roof and a single door, situated at the end of the pier. The toilet has two wooden seats side by side, both damaged with evidence of earlier painting. The rocks and stone of the inlet are several feet below, and at high tide the rocks were flushed clean. The single door allowed the pigeons to fly in, and several small nesting boxes were added later.

Dimensions 3.20 square metres, height: 2.5 metres.

Information from the ARCH Community Timeline course, 2011


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