10 eerie abandoned places in Scotland that have lain empty for years

There's something eerily fascinating about abandoned places, melancholy reminders of previous eras with seemingly little purpose in the modern world.

Abandoned property

Yet they linger on regardless, empty though very much a part of the built environment. Like many ancient lands steeped in history, Scotland is a vast repository of forgotten places that span the centuries. From ruined medieval castles and remote ghost villages to foreboding Victorian hospitals, railway stations and a former Seminary, it’s not difficult to see how, over time, myths arise and superstition takes hold.

The Botanic Gardens in Glasgow are a popular destination, but few know theyre just a stones throw from one of the citys most iconic abandonments: a subterranean Victorian railway station that has been disused for decades.

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Built by Peter Womersley for Bernat Klein as a studio, the abandoned property has been sitting empty for years. Located in the Borders, the studio was commissioned by textile designer Bernat Klein a workspace for design
The castle was almost completely devastated by fire in 1941, and the mansions most peculiar additions didnt come until 1995, when the grounds of the ruined castle were turned into an amusement park
Few places are more eerie than abandoned Victorian asylums, but Gartloch Hospital in Glasgow cuts an especially intimidating form on the landscape. It was opened in 1896 by the City of Glasgow District Lunacy Board.
Little more than a derelict shell, the haunting ruin of New Slains Castle cuts an imposing landmark on the windswept coastline of Aberdeenshire. The roof has long since collapsed and a carpet of grass extends throughout.
Few places in Scotland are as remote or evocative as the deserted settlement on Hirta, the largest island of the St Kilda archipelago. The stone ruins span the ages and include a series of tumbledown cottages
St. Peters Seminary only served its purpose for 14 years before it was abandoned to the elements, a serene sanctuary once meant to provide young men with the quiet, reflective atmosphere conducive to life in the priesthood.
Today, all that remains of the Mar Lodge ski resort is a concrete stump deep in the Deeside estate where the chairlifts up Creag Bhalg ran for just two seasons.
In the heart of Morningside lies a quirky tourist attraction known as the Wild West of Edinburgh. Built in the 90s by a company which sold Southwest-style furniture, the offbeat frontier town once housed artists and ceramists
The abandoned Western Harbour Lighthouse must be one of the most-mournful sights in the whole of Edinburgh. A beacon that once sat on the edges of the Western breakwater, it has since deteriorated into a state of decay