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Crail Priory Doocot - Roome Bay, East Neuk of Fife

Crail Priory Doocot, Roome Bay, in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland

The newly-restored Crail Priory Doocot next to the Fife Coastal Path in Roome Bay to the east of Crail.

The work was carried out by volunteers of the Crail Preservation Society and was supported financially by far too many organisations to list here and of course many private voluntary contributions.

A doocot (dovecote) is basically a fancy pigeon loft to supply the owner with eggs and easily accessed food supplies. This one was owned by the local priory.


Crail Priory Doocot, Roome Bay, in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland

From this angle the church tower can be seen at the top of the image and less than 300 metres away.

The building is open to the public (8am to 8pm April to October and 9am to 4pm November to March) and as well as free access has very helpful and well-illustrated information boards both inside and out.

The sound effects and lighting are particularly effective but to be honest their pigeons are a bit chewy. What we're saying here is that the doocot is well worth a visit, as is the rest of Crail, of course.


Crail Priory Doocot, Roome Bay, in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland

The doocot was built around 1550 and was in use until the middle of the 19th century. The restoration was completed in 2018.

Disabled access is possible by going down the path from the east end of the Nethergate or via Kirkwynd from the Marketgate. There are also handrails alongside the access steps and path.

The geography of the general access down to the coastal path is a little challenging for wheelchair users but perfectly possible.


Crail Priory Doocot, Roome Bay, in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland

This view is from a little to the east and shows people entering the building as well as the outside information board, to the right.

Inside the doocot is a rotating ladder to reach every part of the inside walls so that the pigeons and eggs could be accessed.


CrailPriory  Doocot, Roome Bay, in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland

Crail's Coat of Arms is on a slab next to the doocot.

The text means “At Thy Word I will let down the net” and is said to have been chosen in 1938 although the coat of arms (described as a scene of fishing at night?) seemingly dates back to around 1357 or earlier.



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