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Dunmore House – Guest Article

Ray Statter visited Dunmore House and shared his great video on our facebook page. In 1820-22 the 5th Earl of Dunmore commissioned the architect William Wilkins to build Dunmore Park, a magnificent mansion very similar to Dalmeny House completed a few years previously. It was occupied by the family until their departure in 1911 and remained as a private home until 1961. After a short spell as a girls school from then until 1964 it was abandoned. Although substantial parts […]

Cathkin Park football stadium (Home of Third Lanark) Video – May 2011

Another old video we done last year, the park formerly contained a football stadium, which had played host to organised football since 1884. It was originally known as Hampden Park (the second by that name) and was owned by Queen’s Park. When Queen’s Park moved to the third (and current) Hampden Park, they sold the ground to Third Lanark, who renamed it New Cathkin Park. More information can be viewed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathkin_Park The park is currently undergoing a push for […]

Gray Dunn & Co – January 2012

Our first proper explore of the year saw us visit an old biscuit factory in the south side of Glasgow. Originally owned by Gray Dunn & Co the company was later taken over by Bisland Brothers Bakery and is the home of Blue Ribands and the Caramel Wafer (so we read anyway!). The building is fairly large and if you’re a regular driver of the M8 motorway you’ve probably driven passed it without realising what it was. Each floor has […]

Kelvingrove Park Bandstand Video – January 2012

Kelvingrove Park bandstand has hosted many bands and groups over the years, sitting next to Glasgow University it is in a prime position for students. The bandstand dates from around 1924 -25 and it was used all the way up until the mid 1990’s. I actually wanted to include a short clip of the bandstand from the 20’s but was quoted a fee that there’s no way I could justify which was a shame as it looked incredible. Fortunately other […]

Firs Park Football Stadium- July 2011

Firs Park Football Stadium is the former home of East Stirlingshire F.C. which is slightly surprisingly in Falkirk. The stadium was closed at the end of the 2007/2008 season with the club ground sharing with Stenhousemuir. We visited 3 years on from when it was closed and were surprised that so much had been left behind by the club, and the fact that it was still there. The stadium had an overall capacity of 1800 with only 200 of those […]

Firs Park Football Stadium (former home of East Stirlingshire F.C.) Video – July 2011

I’ve got mixed feelings about Firs Park on one hand I could class it as my favourite explore, it was relaxed and the weather was great. On the other hand we’d been to the stadium as a team two years prior and had watched a football match there, so to see it now lying in ruin was very depressing. The stadium is only small with only 200 seats and a capacity of 1,800. Having supported Clydebank, a team in the […]

Kelvingrove Park Bandstand – January 2012

Due to the inclement weather at the turn of the year we were unable to muster a proper explore for some time so we instead opted for more of a site visit. The Kelvingrove Park Bandstand was built in 1924 by the architect James Miller and was a popular venue due to its picturesque settings on the banks of the River Kelvin. (Click for larger image)   Passed by many a student, dog walker and jogger on a daily basis […]

Arrochar Torpedo Testing Station Video – May 2011

Back in May 2011, we visited the torpedo testing station in Arrochar. The place has had a colourful history, in 1915 a spy Augusto Alfredo Roggen was caught and hanged at the tower of London for taking photographs here. Here is an old map of the site, where sadly several of the buildings have since been demolished: “Test firing was carried out from submarines, from torpedo tubes built beneath the pier of the test facility, or from a modified vessel, […]

Glasgow Necropolis – January 2012

With the poor weather at the turn of the year we had no option but to plan for a visit to somewhere locally. The Glasgow Necropolis was always somewhere that I’d known and heard about but we’d never taken the time to visit, so we decided to pay a little visit there. Some of the architecture was incredible with several of the monuments and graves being very ornate. You can watch the video from our trip below. You can see […]

Torpedo Testing Station – Loch Long – May 2011

For an explore in May you’d expect, even in Scotland, that the weather would be fairly pleasant, but as always the weather loves to make our explores that slightly more interesting. The Torpedo Testing Station sits on the northern banks of Loch Long near to Arrochar and has long been left to rot by the military. 100 years old this year the station was closed in the 1980s. The Torpedo Testing Station can easily be missed when driving along the […]