Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: SHUNA CASTLE - island mansion

  1. #1
    Join Date
    January 2009
    Location
    South Lanarkshire
    Posts
    60
    Thanked
    38

    Default SHUNA CASTLE - island mansion


    Shuna castle is the main residence on a small island off Scotland's west coast, around 20 miles south of Oban. The house sits on a raised site near the north point of Shuna island, its turrets and towers just visiable from the shore at Arduaine. Built only 100 years ago by Neill Gillies, the house was originally home to Viscount Selby and family. The last owners were the Gullys who lived in the house until 1985 when the running of the place became too expensive. Since then the building has deteriorated rapidly and reportedly suffered lightning damage.

    The castle was built of brick and concrete, and there are some attractive stone window surrounds and other quirky feautures which really caught my eye. The overall style is eclectic, with square, round and hexagonal towers and windows of about every shape you can imagine! According to BAR the poor building quality is responsible for the fast decline of Shuna castle, and walking around it I was quite shocked at how bad it's got in under 30 years. The upper floors in all of the largest rooms have totally collapsed and though the troublesome flat roof is still on, it isn't doing much at all to protect the structure. The place is still full of furniture, clothes, books and kitchen equipment, it really gives a sense of how the owners must have just walked away leaving most of their posessions! Edward Gully is the current owner, he's involved in various business ventures around the island but doesn't live there full time.


































    ----------
    Thanks given by: Chris34, crickleymal, djrich, Foxylady, Grumpy, imyimyimy, JEP27, jhluxton, jonney, leepey74, lost, Lurkingwitch, Maria, night crawler, nightowl, Philostratus, rectory-rat, RichardH, robbie1003, Snips86x, soranman, tbkscott, tommo

  2.  
     
  3. #2
    Join Date
    July 2006
    Location
    Zumerzett
    Age
    44
    Posts
    391
    Thanked
    195

    Default


    Mmm. Pebble-dash really does sprinkle fairy-dust on castles, doesn't it?

    Very nice windows and innards though. Such a shame that it became too expensive to maintain.

    ----------

  4. #3
    Join Date
    April 2008
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    275
    Thanked
    96

    Default


    Looks like a great explore. I'd seen this on the B@R and wondered what it was like inside.

    ----------

  5. #4
    Join Date
    February 2011
    Location
    Wiltshire
    Posts
    450
    Thanked
    279

    Smile


    This is fantastic. I love old castles and this is no exception. I can see why it was so expensive to maintain and looks like it would be worse in this day and age. Great Pics Castledown. Thanks!

    ----------

  6. #5
    Join Date
    January 2009
    Location
    North Berkshire.
    Age
    66
    Posts
    3,368
    Thanked
    1562

    Default


    Oh my what a state it has gotten in to, I think the shrubbery growing on the roof is causeing the demise of the place.
    May the shadow of Murphy never darken your door."
    Flickr

    Forgotten Fairmile
    Spuds Rural Explorations
    The Church explorer

    ----------

  7. #6
    Join Date
    September 2005
    Location
    Inverness-shire
    Age
    31
    Posts
    1,159
    Thanked
    266

    Default


    Good work, I've always been curious about this one too. Shame it's in such poor condition.

    ----------

  8. #7
    Join Date
    November 2010
    Location
    Harlow
    Posts
    1,417
    Thanked
    2122

    Default


    Nice, a very impressive from the outside and very trashed on the inside
    My Blog http://nellyurbex.blogspot.com/
    My Facebook Photo page .................www.facebook.com/NellyUrbex

    ----------

  9. #8
    Join Date
    October 2010
    Location
    Lost in Cornwall
    Posts
    4,163
    Thanked
    2958

    Default


    Nice one Castledown, I enjoyed it, Thanks.
    Smiler
    😁

    ----------

  10. #9
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    swindon
    Age
    38
    Posts
    629
    Thanked
    272

    Default


    wow nice one now that would be great place to own, chuck a large sum of cash at it and it would be a great place to stay at weekends :)

    ----------

  11. #10
    Join Date
    January 2011
    Location
    Burton on trent
    Posts
    41
    Thanked
    97

    Default


    now thats a stair case, looks a good explored, nice report!

    ----------

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

About us
DerelictPlaces is a forum for people with an interest in the history and documentation of disused, derelict and abandoned buildings to come together and share their experiences, photography and historical findings. Our military, industrial and historical heritage is fast disappearing under the pressure of regeneration, the need for new housing, and often through simple neglect; Our aim is to document these places before they disappear entirely.
Follow us