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schiehallion

Polphail, the ghost village at Portavadie, Argyll



























cybers

I see they have removed the asbestos notices from there !
Great set of images all the same schiehallion.

It still reminds me of Boghall Bathgate on a saturday night though.  
John

Cheers schiehallion  

They look a bit ramshackle almost GKC with the concrete/ brick / timber theme and falling down like lot of their projects.
katimac

Re: Polphail, the ghost village at Portavadie, Argyll

schiehallion wrote:





Is that a dead sheep?    Looks like a leg sticking out the bottom.
schiehallion

Re: Polphail, the ghost village at Portavadie, Argyll

katimac wrote:
Is that a dead sheep?    Looks like a leg sticking out the bottom.


Aye it was a dead sheep in a room.  I was creeping along an empty corridor when a door burst open and a sheep and its' lamb came hurtling out in panic.  I screamed like a big lassie.
katimac

Re: Polphail, the ghost village at Portavadie, Argyll

schiehallion wrote:
 I screamed like a big lassie.


  Looks like an interesting place to visit though, great pictures!
cheesylion

I'd love a wee nosy about there, wee mental note made for a future day out.
schiehallion

Great wee day out - go the scenic route - take the car over Wemyss Bay to Rothesay then drive up to Rhubodach and go across the Kyles Of Bute to Colintraive then round by Tighnabruaich to Portavadie.  Or go Gourock-Dunoon.  Top it off with a foot passenger return trip Portavadie to Tarbert and a cone out the wee cafe.
Saltmarketeer

Cracking pics Schiehallion.

Is that the village which was built by a Local Council for shipping business that never came? Occupied or abandoned; the place just looks grim and creepy to me.
schiehallion

Saltmarketeer wrote:
Cracking pics Schiehallion.

Is that the village which was built by a Local Council for shipping business that never came? Occupied or abandoned; the place just looks grim and creepy to me.


Aye it was built for the oil rig construction industry but never inhabited.
dickyhart

wow, nice find, love to visit it one day.
Stuball

Guess where I've been



P.S. I've moved this thread from 'Been Somewhere Good' to 'The Universe and beyond...'
cybers

Erm is it cumberland square  
Stuball





cybers

Cmon you enough with the rationing get thum postit  
Stuball

cybers wrote:
Cmon you enough with the rationing get thum postit  


Patience is a virtue...

The best can be worth waiting for...

Just haud yer weesht!
Stuball

Coin-op machines that have never span a cycle.... but still someones forced open the coin box

Stuball



cybers

Think this place needs a heavy duty invasion before it's gone.
Great photo's Stu
cheesylion

cybers wrote:
Think this place needs a heavy duty invasion before it's gone.
Great photo's Stu


I really fancy a wee trip up here!!
cybers

Anyone Else willing to get it organised ?
Will chip in with the usual 3 - 4 seats at a nominal fee for derv.
John

I`m up for a wee trip there  
wee minx

Waow, that's a long run , but I'm up for that , i would be a driver , as I would deffo get sick along that road, it's nearly at Machrahanish . Up dead early, good long run, loads to see...sounds good .
Looks like something that would have to be short notice to be best chance of reasonable weather.
cybers

Sounds like the start of a plan....
Saltmarketeer

Macrahanish eh?

I'm sure there's a rather funky runway up that neck of the woods too. One of the longest in Europe and alleged testing runway of the fabled Mach 6 Aurora black jet project.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_%28aircraft%29
cybers

Saltmarketeer wrote:
Macrahanish eh?

I'm sure there's a rather funky runway up that neck of the woods too. One of the longest in Europe and alleged testing runway of the fabled Mach 6 Aurora black jet project.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_%28aircraft%29


Dunno bout that but it's a;so the alleged Testing ground of the old Stealth when it was in hiding  
dickyhart

can i come?
wee minx

dickyhart wrote:
can i come?

Auch....awrite then
John

Can we get this organised soon, I`m ok for this weekend and most after.
John

Jeezo, don`t all rush at once  
Stuball

wee minx

Stop teasing, you  
Stuball

I'm sure I've drank in worse looking places than this...

cybers

i think i might have caused a few watering holes to look like this  
Though not this one as there is no puddle of puke
Stuball

No puke... but all the brown stuff on the floor? Thats sheep sh!t
cybers

Aye but that was probably from when that boozer was still open...
Maaaa - Maaaa  
dickyhart

pub was called "the rams head!
cybers

Well me and the wife were bored and look where we ended up...

fastnet

You romantic fool............  
cybers

Aye well just dont dig too deep if yir up that way ....
The atmosphere was lighter on the way down  
Stuball

Beautiful day for it too... did you stop at the viewpoint?
cybers

Yer then stopped at the Kames Hotel for a late lunch..
Fecking snooty burd ruined my lunch after listening to her tales of gangland hits to impress her pals even offering one of them a Glaz - Gow Kees when one dared to remonstrate that her tales might be a bit hookey...

I dared to say loudly enough that i just wish her last statement carried the menace that it was intended to convey otherwise would she just STFU whilst I enjoyed my lunch.
Much to the annoyance of my wife  
candleriggs

I used to go to a summer camp at Portavadie evey year.

What bright spark thought it was a good idea to level the place and build this?!
caledonia84

I was in the area (ish) just over a month ago and thought I'd pay polphail a visit, quite a somber lifeless place and of course totally trashed anyway here's some shots I took out there the Graffiti does dominate.

The marina on the other hand couldn't be more of a contrast looks regenerated to a very high standard, bit posh for me though felt a bit out of place wandering around in my old combats and scabby exploring fleece  


Polphail, Ghost town by Caledonia84, on Flickr



Polphail, Ghost town by Caledonia84, on Flickr



Polphail, Ghost town by Caledonia84, on Flickr



This way.... by Caledonia84, on Flickr



Polphail Ghost town by Caledonia84, on Flickr



Polphail Ghost town by Caledonia84, on Flickr
Gareth1974

Perfect!!!!
caledonia84

thanks Gareth! just saw this looks like someone actually bought the place

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-20255360
Hawick_1987

Some great urbexes of late Caledonia - keep up the good work
Stuball

The place is in the news at least once a year
Hawick_1987

Stuball wrote:
The place is in the news at least once a year


Prophetic much?  

http://forargyll.com/2012/11/sold-polphail-argylls-ghost-village/
caledonia84

thanks again Hawick   polphail certainly does appear to be an ongoing saga. I did wonder when I was down there someone has spent a hell of a lot of money on that marina and I could only imagine it would just be a matter of time before something was done about polphail  
cybers

My bets will be it will stay exactly what its like for the next 20 years or be flattened and left like that for 20 years.

Its not got the best of transport infrastructure to make it a viable tourist hot spot and mostly it was the abandoned village that attracted punters to the area and without the Ferry it may well have died a long time ago.

Sheep sh!t is not really marketable but it does have an abundance of it  
KT67

Portavadie & Polphail Ghost Village

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Some pictures of a place that captured my imagination.

I first discovered this place on another site, whilst looking for weird and wonderful places in Scotland. I'd always wanted to visit, but I'd forgotten all about it when I discovered it by accident in the summer whilst staying nearby.

Polphail (Just beside Portavadie) was built in the 70's to house construction workers in the area. At this time it looked like the west coast of Scotland was on its way to an oil boom. Needless to say it never happened, and this village was never lived in.

Its re-markedly intact in some parts, as You'll see in some of my pictures the washing machines are still there. Anyway I hope they are of interest.

:)

Portavadie Ferry Terminal



View from Portavadie Ferry Terminal



First view of Polphail



Polphail Art Gallery

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KT67







norrie

Hi KT67, good shots , I never knew the houses were never lived in
KT67

I'm just going on what I've read online, it seems they were to house the construction workers  who would actually be building the oil platform which was planned. As that never happened, the homes were never inhabited.

Its a really weird place, its like someone dropped a small 70's housing estate in the middle of nowhere. Its a shame really, as surely these homes could have been used for other purposes rather than sitting empty all these years, even though the aren't the most attractive buildings.

Its definitely worth a visit down, and while You're there, if you like the great outdoors, I'd recommend a visit to Kilbride bay. Its worth the trek, as it really is beautiful with views of Arran from the north. I'll stick a picture up soon








KT67

So I  don't forget. Here's a picture of Kilbride Bay, I know its not totally relevant in this section, so forgive me but its only a few miles away from Polphail.

Portavadie Sunset



Kilbride Bay, looking over to the North side of Arran

norrie

Hi KT67, your not boring us, keep them coming
fastnet

Took a wee trip down there today.

Pics to follow.


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr
fastnet

Some more.


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr
fastnet


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr
fastnet


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr
fastnet


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


Polphail. by john.mcknight, on Flickr


16 by john.mcknight, on Flickr


15 by john.mcknight, on Flickr
norrie

What a waste.
Great graffitti
Marblez

Cracking wee set John
fastnet

Thanks Al.
KT67

Interesting wee place, eh? and Great shots!

Love the graffiti, bit gutted I never spent longer there, but we were off on the move over to Campbeltown
Stuball

I was there a couple of weeks before the graffiti artists were in and I'm glad I was as I think they've ruined the natural decay of the place a little. Amazing to see just how much it has degraded since my visit
cybers

Got to agree there Stu I was ther at the same time as the graffiti artists and I was amazed at how multi cultural they were .... They had came from all over to paint this place. Some of the art was brilliant .... but some of it was pure gash !!!
cybers

Had cause to be in the area and had a wee look see. The Demo teams seem to be making very slow progress with mainly internal brick walls demolished and stacked randomly. Will post more images as i get round to them.


Portavadie by David C Laurie, on Flickr
cybers


IMG_6164 by David C Laurie, on Flickr


IMG_6162 by David C Laurie, on Flickr


IMG_6159 by David C Laurie, on Flickr


IMG_6156 by David C Laurie, on Flickr


IMG_6155 by David C Laurie, on Flickr


IMG_6151 by David C Laurie, on Flickr
Derek Mc

The stunning Portavadie Marina

from 2013, this stunning building could equaly be in California, Italy Greece, but we have it here and the food served is the equal of the building itself and transforms expectations of scottish lunch trips!

The Ferry coming in from Tarbert








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