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  1. We had no idea how we would get on here. After driving through the night and arriving in the early hours, our entry was just awful! As we sat in the freezing cold, and the light started to appear at the windows, we could see it was worth the effort. Visited with @SpiderMonkey, obvs! History The Royal High School was constructed between 1826 to 1829 on the south face of Calton Hill in Edinburgh, at a cost of £34,000. Of this £500 was given by King George IV ‘as a token of royal favour towards a School, which, as a royal foundation, had conferred for ages incalculable benefits on the community’. It was designed in a neoclassical Greek Doric style by Thomas Hamilton, who modelled the portico and Great Hall on the Hephaisteion of Athens. After the Old Royal High School was vacated in 1968, the building became available and was refurbished to accommodate a new devolved legislature for Scotland. However, the 1979 devolution referendum failed to provide sufficient backing for a devolved assembly. Its debating chamber was later used for meetings of the Scottish Grand Committee, the committee of Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom House of Commons with constituencies in Scotland. Subsequently, the building has been used as offices for departments of Edinburgh City Council, including The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award unit and the Sports and Outdoor Education unit. With the passage of the Scotland Act 1998 and the introduction of Scottish devolution in 1999, the Old Royal High School was again mooted as a potential home for the new Scottish Parliament. Eventually, however, the Scotland Office decided to site the new legislature in a purpose-built structure in the Holyrood area of the Canongate. A number of uses have been suggested for the building, including a home for a Scottish National Photography Centre. As of 2015, Edinburgh City Council – the building’s current owners – have initiated a project to lease the building to be used as a luxury hotel. Finally a few shots of the grand neoclassical exterior...
  2. Another Scottish hospital report, so here we go. "East Fortune is a village in East Lothian, Scotland, located 2 miles (3 km) north west of East Linton. The area is known for its airfield which was constructed in 1915 to help protect Britain from attack by German Zeppelin airships during the First World War.[...] In 1922 several buildings and an area of land were used to create East Fortune Hospital. This served as a tuberculosis sanatorium for the south east region of Scotland until the onset of World War II. The airfield was then brought back into service as RAF East Fortune, initially a training airfield, and the hospital patients were transferred to Bangour Hospital in West Lothian. The hospital re-opened after the war, but by 1956, as the number of tuberculosis patients began to fall, the hospital changed its function to house the mentally handicapped. In 1997, the hospital closed down, and its patients were transferred to Roodlands Hospital in Haddington." [source: wikipedia] East Fortune is one of those typical old hospitals that look more like a collection of barracks at an army camp, rather than an actual hospital. The site is comprised of a main "street" along which all the wards and buildings are lined up. Access is as straightforward as can be, so we parked along the main road and got into site easy. As the hospital has been closed down now for almost 2 decades the place has been properly stripped and decay has set in well, though from a structural point of view it doesn't feel risky. Biggest problem is asbestos and dusts as most buildings are still quite boarded up and even if you do get in, you end up in backrooms where the air is thick and there is no light whatsoever. Still that, to me, is always quite an experience as you torchlight your way from one room to the next (no door handle left unturned, that's what I always say). For lovers of peeling and decay a visit to East Fortune is definitely worth it, plus there are still quite enough things left behind to give one a really good idea of life in EF while it was open. The kitchen is still there with all its machinery, lots of bed skeletons lying around, and mattresses, tons of them. At the time of our visit several buildings were accessible and it didn't feel as if someone would care to board the place up anytime soon. Throughout our time there, of course there was not even a hint of security, all we saw was an old lady walking her dog. The distant sound of some farmer shooting his rifle(?) was also a nice addition to our visit, as well as the sight of the Scottish Museum of Flight at the other end of a field at the back of the complex, where I believe a Concorde is stationed and is quite a beast even from that distance. The machinery and pipes at the first building we entered was also a lovely thing to see up close and generally, and while searching for a way up the tower I found another fitness bicycle (a week after a similar discovery at Rosslylnee). All in all, I have to say that I really enjoyed East Fortune and as it is so easy to get in with lots of buildings to explore it is definitely worth the visit. PS. It always surprises me when I look at what metal thieves etc. leave behind after they had stripped down a place. To my eyes their work seems quite random so I don't know if to anyone who is more familiar with their work and purpose, maybe it's not, but to me it feels like people looking randomly for a buried treasure as there is no real pattern to their stripping. There. I said it out loud now. And here are the photos: Loved this one. I can say that if I get so excited by something this small in terms of industrial machinery, I can only imagine how much drooling there's going to be if and when I get to places like BPS. I could really use one of these while working. I had seen this in other reports and I was glad I caught it myself as well. Lovely peeling. So...organized. Watch your step! Plenty of lockers with names of employees still on them. Nice little corner. Loved the simplicity of this. Probably not sharp. Chimney! One of the various random pieces of paper left behind that are always interesting to read. Maybe it's just me but these things always catch my attention. Sure is! [1994] I thought about going out there but the roof was quite rotten so I decided to stay in with all the pigeon poo. Kitchen. This one has been really hit hard recently as a previous report from 2013 showed it in a much better state. A$$holes. The mattress graveyard. More from the kitchen. Love the broken glass shots. So there it is. Thank you for reading!
  3. Hello everybody! Just posted my first report (ever)! Also this is my first post here as well. I made a brief introduction in my report but I thought I'd follow the right way and say hello in here as well. Not sure what to say really. I am here mostly because Baron suggested the forum (obviously) and I have been reading reports for a few months now so it was only fair to give something back I guess. Not gonna talk about UE etc etc. We are all coming from the same place (and headed to the same place) so you all can understand this bit about me. I am looking to have a nice time, share info, photos and also meet some of you along the way to explore together. Hope you like what I post. Stay frosty!
  4. Evening chaps (& chappettes!) Been browsing the forum a bit and like the feel and vibe of it compared to other sites I've been on! Not gonna lie, seen some of Baron's Belgium pics, amongst others, on Facebook and they were sublime which brought me here! I've not been able to find a group of explorers up here in Edinburgh but seems like a few of you guys are from around the central belt? Wouldn't mind getting to know you's better and starting to tag along next time round. Happy to travel and what not. Anyone able to point me in the direction of the folk up here that are friendly enough to welcome a 'new' explorer? Would really appreciate it guys! I've done a fair few explores up here and in the North East of England which have all been covered in depth before but have a list as long as my arm! Keep up the good work guys, in awe at a lot of the photos! Cheers for the help, Nitro
  5. So trams are a touchy subject up here at the moment but here is the old school tram depot which was later a bus depot and repair center for Lothian buses. Not much left to photograph unfortunately! There was a pitch black tunnel underneath one of the factory buildings with signs of vagrants, lots of single shoes and drugs paraphernalia... it was just too dark to capture! Impromptu 'splore and no tripod = fail! I'd appreciate if any Edinburgh & surrounding area explorers could get in touch, be good to tag along with some folk! Cheers.
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