So it’s been a wee while since i went exploring at an abandoned place. I was pleased to be asked by a friend recently if i wanted to go a bit more exploring so we headed off to Dunmore House, just outside of Airth. We decided to park at the Dunmore Pineapple, this seemed like the easiest way to walk to the house. It was actually my first time visiting the Pineapple and i was taken aback by the detail of the building.
The front of the building is quite plain with the walls of the garden on either side but the pineapple is very lifelike. I love the idea that the building was directly inspired by an exotic fruit which at one time was even being grown over here. I guess we take things like this for granted these days. I have read that this kind of building is called a “Foly” which means the design of the building is purely for aesthetic.
So after starting along the path behind the Pineapple we came across some woodland, a lot of which has been cut down. I have always been fascinated by different landscapes and this one is no different. The roots of the old trees still remained between patches of water and thriving greenery.
The first part of Dunmore we came to was a stable building which was pretty grand itself. Many of the doors still remain, still able to open and shut, also stairwells which look like they have been restored at some point in the buildings history.
I found the interior of the stables very reminiscent of Larbert House at the time I was studying it (earlier blog posts). Much of the plaster busted open showing wooden slats underneath and electrical equipment rusted on the walls.
I loved every minute of exploring this building, mostly because there are no barriers around, when you think you’ve seen it ll you find a new nook to explore.
I’ve discovered that my fascination for these buildings isn’t just the land reclaiming the building, it’s the perspective you can get from looking through holes and textures in the building so you can see the way it has been built and also how it has broken down. After exploring this, we couldn’t wait to see Dunmore House.
On approach you’re greeted by a large archway entrance, it almost feels like you’re stepping into a church or cathedral. The building has been stripped of all floors, leaving a beautiful outer shell shaped into the landscape.
Again, I loved the layers of the building. I can’t help but imagine the grand interiors that used to be in here with rich interiors and furniture. Steel Beams can be seen in amongst the stone. I you travel round the back of the building you are able to get down to the basement level and see the beautiful rear of the building which looks like it’s rising out the ground.
I would reccommend anyone with an interest in history and abandoned buildings to visit. Loads to see and it has inspired me to restart work on this subject.