Part of Historic Environment Scotland

Thatched roofs

About thatch

About thatch

A person taking a photograph of a white thatched cottage by the sea


Thatching is one of the oldest building crafts.

Thatched buildings were once a familiar sight in Scotland, but their numbers have declined since the mid-19th century.

Now, in some areas only one or two thatched buildings survive where once there may have been hundreds. Those that survive in anything like their original form are now rare.

The majority of thatched buildings in Scotland are listed, recognising their special architectural or historic interest, as well as their rarity.

Regular maintenance and repair is vital to ensure thatch lasts a long time.

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