The one thing that I found quite amazing when we started our trip of the Outer Hebrides last year, was the amount of ruin houses that are just abandoned, and new ones built along side.  There are the ruins of old Blackhouse cottages, and the ruins here are the 1920’s replacement concrete houses that were built to replace the ancient Blackhouse homes.  The concrete houses had one flaw, they did not have damp courses.  Many became unliveable after a few years and people reverted back to living in the old stone cottages for warmth.  There are some that were renovated, but mostly they were left as ruins.  They are a  strange sight when you first see them, but I found them totally fascinating, and took hundreds of photos as they are very much part of the landscape, and heritage of the Islands.

From our visit in May 2014

3 Replies to “Garden Ruins”

  1. Love this, Lynne. Look at all that lichen! I wonder how long it will be before they are recognised for their historical value, and protected? I’m not necessarily saying that they SHOULD be – but it’s an interesting thought.

    1. The trouble is what do they do with them if the demolish them, there is no where to put the remains, so best just left to decay, there are some that have been save, but there are just so many of them.

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