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Pigsty, Lochside, Westray

A Category C Listed Building in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.2943 / 59°17'39"N

Longitude: -2.9245 / 2°55'28"W

OS Eastings: 347435

OS Northings: 1045677

OS Grid: HY474456

Mapcode National: GBR M445.90K

Mapcode Global: XH8KH.6NY7

Plus Code: 9CFV73VG+P5

Entry Name: Pigsty, Lochside, Westray

Listing Name: Lochside, Pigsty and Shed

Listing Date: 30 March 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395421

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47998

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Westray

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Parish: Westray

Traditional County: Orkney

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Late 19th century. Circular pigsty and single storey shed. Rubble flagstones.


Doorway to E; rectangular yard to front (E). Conical roof; rubble flagstones.


Door to S; plain gable ends. Low lean-to shed to rear (N). Pitched roof; crude crowstepped gables; large stone slabs to roof; single glazing pane in roof.

Statement of Interest

Situated apart from Lochside house and farm buildings, the pigsty is no longer in use. The date of the sty is uncertain. Small circular buildings were easier to build, no corners were necessary, thus removing the weak points and making the building more pig-proof. This sty serves to remind that pigs were once commonly found on Orkney farms. There are a number of circular pigsties remaining in S Wales, and a few in Orkney, however, this is the only remaining one found on Westray.

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