Abandoned Cottages

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.

Blackhouses of Tiree – Scotland


The other buildings on the Isle of Tiree, off the west coast of Scotland, are ‘blackhouse’ or ‘whitehouse’ cottages, these can be found on most of the Scottish islands. They do differ slightly on each island, but basically are the same.  On Tiree, two thick walls are filled in between with sand, which is different to other islands.  There are a dozen thatched cottages left on the island, as well as many that have been restored, but without their thatch, there will be a separate post on those.  I did find some that were for sale which are in need of restoration, but with some remnants of thatch, so have added them to this post.  The ‘blackhouse’ were to house men and beast, with no opening for the fire, therefore the name blackhouse.  Later the animals moved and chimneys were installed, hence the name whitehouse.  These photos were taken in May 2016.

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