Liam and I have not long returned from Scotland where we have been exploring a variety of remains around Glasgow and Edinburgh. From several asylums and hospitals to a training school for priests, we’ve taken a look around some incredible places and have taken around 2,000 photos combined. Below is a little preview of what we’ve got coming over the next few months!
Murray Royal Hospital
Opened in 1821 this building is one of Scotland’s oldest asylums and one of the oldest in the UK. It’s currently being converted into housing and hopefully the grand ballroom remains.
Designed to accommodate 500 patients, the two clocktowers at this former asylum can be seen from far away.
St Peter’s Seminary
This unique building has been described as being of “world significance”. Construction began on this priest training school in 1961 and had a capacity of 100 students, which was never reached. The unique design caused too many costly difficulties and the site closed in 1980.
Built in 1890 Gartloch was once the largest asylum in Europe. It treated patients until it closed in 1996 and has since badly deteriorated.
Lennox Castle Hospital
Built from 1837-41 as a private home, this grand castle was sold in 1927 and converted into a Scotland’s largest institution for people with learning difficulties. The hospital was heavily criticised for its poor treatment of patients.
Clune Park Estate
Once a thriving community for shipyard workers today the estate is a ghost town and has been described as Scotland’s Chernobyl. Abandoned homes, shops, a school and even a church make up this ruined estate.