Abandoned Scotland Then and Now: 10 Beautiful Scottish buildings left to the passage of time

Despite seeming pointless now, abandoned places hold powerful reminders of our history and the passage of time’s ruthlessness - what can now merely be seen as a pigeon coop was once someone’s life.

Scotland is an ancient land that boasts a colourful yet dark history that has seen it become a graveyard of sorts for all kinds of abandoned locations. Hospitals with abusive physicians, thriving communities that became ghost villages and a surplus of castles that endured bloody conflict are but a few examples of locations still, but barely, standing in today’s world that offer a glimpse into the past.

Regardless of how we feel about their legacy, what’s for sure is that these irreplaceable sites and their insight into history is being lost as they are left abandoned to fall into disrepair. Recently, we released a poll to our readers asking “Which Scottish building you would like to see restored” and what’s clear is that many people remain passionate about them.

Here are ten Scottish locations then and now that offer a sobering glimpse into the widespread disrepair we see across the country’s ancient architecture.