Abandoned Homes

Mainly photos taken on the Western Islands of Scotland.

Abandoned on Islay, Scotland

When we were driving on the Isle of Islay in May 2016, I kept a look out for abandoned houses, to be truthful, there aren’t that many compared to other islands.  This little one is situated on the side of a hill and it was a quick point and press as we passed.  I think its Victorian and reminds me of the Fairy Cottage, which is painted blue and white and is on the other side of the Island.  Who knows, maybe one day someone will restore this cute little cottage. 

May 2016


An Island Cottage

Today, the weather was glorious here in the Fens, which means one thing, gardening.  We have an acre of garden, which is a lot for a garden in the UK…..and that means lots of work at this time of year.   I would rather be out exploring, but I have more than enough photos to keep me going.  We are off to Scotland in a months time for our May holiday, so I think I had better try and finish posting last years holiday on the west coast of Scotland, plus our holiday on the Scottish Islands of Islay and Jura.  So to start the ball rolling…….. an abandoned cottage on the Isle of Islay, from our May 2016 holiday.

The Pudding Houses of Tiree – Scotland


One of the first thing that attracts your attention on the Isle of Tiree, off the west coast of Scotland, apart from the fabulous white beaches, are the ‘Pudding Houses’, these are a unique form of architecture which are indigenous to Tiree.  Pudding houses, also known as Spotted Houses, are characterized by the use of a dark building stone blackened by soot, which is then over pointed with white mortar, resulting in a spotted appearance. You will not see them elsewhere in Scotland.

Lots have been restored as holiday lets and if you look at some of the abandoned houses and then a restored one, you can see a before and after effect on the stonework.  I’m not sure how this effect came into being, but it is very effective and lovely to see that some are still maintained with this appearance.

Another type of traditional croft is the ‘blackhouse’ also called the ‘whitehouse’ which I have come across before, but they are for the next post.
















The photos were taken from the car window on our visit in May 2016.

Restoration Projects – Scotland

Some of you will know that I cannot pass an abandoned building without taking a photo or two.  Most of the time the photos are taken out of the car window, so on a few of these photos there are some windscreen marks….it had been raining and made a nasty mess on the glass.  But then again these photos are for recording these old cottages, as I am sure they are gradually reverting to nature every year that we pass.  The are all to be found on the road from Oban to Fort William on the west coast of Scotland and are from our visit in May 2106.

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Also how much longer will we see old corrugated iron buildings like this village hall, I have a feeling a new category could be in the making 🙂

Old & Renovated Homes, Isle of Lismore, Scotland

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Continuing with our trip to the Isle of Lismore, Scotland, May 2015.  I like to try and make a record of some of the dwellings, old & renovated, on each island we visit (most are taken from the car window….husband drives, so I can shot).  Its surprising how each island differs, there are crofter cottages on Lismore and in the 19th century lime was quarried, which mean we also find quarriers cottages, a lot have been renovated to holiday cottages.  Like all the islands, there are a great many direlict cottages, this could be due to the clearances or people have just left the island for work on the mainland and never returned.







At the heritage centre you can visit the below cottage that they have restored to its former glory…… it was a bit late in the day when we stopped to get a coffee, and the cottage door was closed, but maybe next time we visit.  I was lucky and found a cottage not to far away that had been restored to a holiday cottage, it looks very similar to the one at the heritage centre.



The next photo is of the cottage I found.


There are other types of buildings which I have also included.








May 2016


Some Detective Work – Whitehouses & Backhouses, Scotland


Now if I hadn’t taken this photo, I would automatically think it was somewhere on the Outer Hebrides.  An abandoned Whitehouse, the ones the government brought in to use in the 1920’s, that were to replace the Blackhouses, the old stone cottages, which were accommodation for man and animals together under one roof.   But this building is very near Tongue on the mainland way up in the north of Scotland, nearly as far as you can go.  So they were not only sent to the Islands, they were used on the mainland as well, but there are no Blackhouses here….or are there.  I found the following building not too far from the above one, looks like some kind of …….Blackhouse to me, not exactly the same, but then they would be a little different, different parts of Scotland, but it does look like it would have housed animals as well.


 I wondered if they were always called Blackhouses, but no, they were only called that when the new Whitehouses came along, these new type of homes were really to separate man and animal.  Funnily though, after a little time, most Islanders preferred the old Blackhouse cottages, and moved back in for a while, as they were warmer, a lot warmer.   As most new Whitehouse were built without damp courses and being made of concrete, got quite damp.  I feel I have a little detective work ahead of me to find out a little more on the cottages of Scotland and how they progressed to now…..when I have time 🙂

This is really a reminder for me to maybe, make time 🙂

From our visit 2014