10 Abandoned Manor Houses & Baronial Mansions of Scotland

4. Buchanan Castle, Central Scotland

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Buchanan Castle was built between 1852 and 1858, commissioned by the Duke of Montrose to replace an earlier house that had been destroyed by fire. Its life as a private residence was short-lived, and it became a hotel in 1925 before being converted into a military hospital during World War Two. At one time, it was briefly home to Rudolph Hess, who stayed there after his plane crashed in Scotland. It was also at this time that there were a number of other outbuildings constructed.

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The design of the house itself was considered to be one of the first and foremost illustrations of the contemporary architecture of the time. With its two courtyards, east and west wings and elegant towers, it once exhibited all of the typical style elements of the baronial mansion.

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The years after the war weren’t kind to the main house. Parts of the estate were demolished, and the removal of the roof in 1954 has left the interior open to the elements for decades. While the exterior of the estate remains somewhat sound, the ground are overgrown and slowly being reclaimed by nature. There has been a series of attempts to demolish the home and replace it with a block of flats.


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