By Grey Walker
I've seen this location posted a few times but not recently, so decided to take a trip and see what it's like now.
There is a house to the east of the site that appears that someone is living there a I saw two cars drive through the site towards the house.
By Grey Walker
The Big Idea opened on April 15 2000 and cost of £14 million. It was built at the Ardeer Peninsula, near Irvine, on land that had been donated from ICI that also had an explosives factory and testing facility nearby.
It was closed in September 2003 after not attracting enough visitors to keep it open.
I couldn't get inside the building itself but through the windows I could still some of the exhibit’s that are said to be for sale but since it closed they appear to remain unsold.
A bit of history:
Sunnyside Royal hospital was a psychiatric hospital founded in 1781 located in Hillside, Scotland. The hospital was originally founded as the Montrose Lunatic Asylum, Infirmary & Dispensary by Susan Carnegie.
In 1858, a new improved asylum was completed in the village of Hillside on lands of the farm of Sunnyside and the old site was vacated. The site was further developed adding a new facility for private patients called Carnegie House in 1899. Despite this addition, overcrowding was a problem, as the asylum's patient numbers had grown to 670 by 1900 leading to additional building work to be undertaken. Two new buildings were added to the facility and additional staff were required to care for the additional patients. A further development was the addition of Angus House, which was built in 1939 to accommodate elderly patients suffering from dementia.
After the 1946 National Health Service act brought the hospital under the control of the Eastern Regional Hospital Board, the name changed from the Royal Asylum of Montrose to the Royal Mental Hospital of Montrose. In 1962 it became Sunnyside Royal Hospital and came under the jurisdiction of new management.
The site was officially closed in late 2011 after being open for 230 years and most patients were sent to a new £20 million build at Stracathro Hospital.
Its not often we venture north of the wall so we didn't arrive at the location until after dark and the by that time the weather had taken a turn for the worse. This was the last stop of the day after a gruelling 03:30 set off and was to act as base camp before the crazy drive home in the morning, After wandering around in the rain for a while we managed entry and began the explore. After a very short walk we decided we found the best spot to set up, nothing to do with no one daring to explore further....
After what was possibly the worst nights sleep ever we took advantage of the morning light and began wandering. The place definitely had a much safer feel to it and has to be the best asylum I am probably going to see for a very long while.
Explored with @-Raz-, @Hydro and another friend not on OS.
Cheers for looking!!
Fife Power Station was a gas fired power station located in Cardenden, Fife and was a gas-fired station that was able to generate a combined cycle output of 109MW. The site was bought out by Scottish and Southern Energy for £12.3 million which secured the work of the 10 members of staff that worked that at the time until the station closed in March 2011.
This was the second explore of the day and after being sat in the car for an eternity it was good to have a mooch around this place to stretch off. A fair bit of the site has now been demolished and whats left is far from working condition but was still a worthwhile visit added to the road trip!
Cheers for looking!!
Hi guys, this is my first post on this forum.
My friend and I have been vlogging our urban exploration adventures and there has been a hugely positive response.
Here is our vlog from our trip to Edingham Munitions Factory in Scotland.
As a result we decided to expand and create a website and a number of new features. One being a blog.
Here is a blog on our most recent trip to Edingham Munitions Military Factory in Scotland.