Historic Buildings

Summer House

The Summer House (Listing Category A) is the heart of the Howietoun Fishery, unique in its design and form, identified as being at risk by Historic Environment Scotland, and can be found on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland. Due to decades of historic neglect in the maintenance of this and other associated structures on the site, it is now in need of urgent conservation. The restoration of the Summer House is a key to re-establishing the identity of the Howietoun Fishery and its international significance in the history of commercial aquaculture. Stewart Associates are currently being engaged with a view to drawing up a fully costed budget and work plan for the restoration of this singularly important structure.

Despatching House

Accessible from within and on the outside of the fenced area. A fascinating engineering design of tanks to facilitate transporting of the fish. A flat roof structure held up by columns with a magnificently dressed stone platform to allow loading onto horse and cart and later vehicles.

Hatching House

This sandstone building housed the fish tanks used at the beginning of the fish life cycle. Situated at the start of the fishery closest to the sluice in the Canglour Burn.

Mincing House

Positioned at the entrance gate into the fishery and built in a similar style to the Summer House but with brick. The name reference is associated with the mincing of horsemeat which was fed to the fish. In recent times it was used as a store for modern fish pellets and chemicals.