There are a few places on Earth that when visited instil a
genuine sense of awe and intrigue within the observer, Polphail
village on the banks of Loch Fyne on Scotland's West Coast is one
of these places.
Constructed in the 1970s, the village was intended to be home to
500 workers, an integral part of a plan to build concrete oil rigs
at the construction yard in local Portavadie. However, no
construction materialised and the village was never inhabited. Beds
were never slept in, washing machines never turned a cycle, keys
still wait patiently to be collected.
Lying abandoned for the following decades, buildings have begun
to succumb to the relentless battering of Scottish weather, and the
invasion of mother nature. Having never had a human inhabitant,
Polphail is now a sanctuary for opportunistic bats. Being a
protected species, the bats have gained squatters rights, and any
future development would have to ensure their safe relocation.
In 2009, six artists known as Agents of Change visited Polphail
and decorated many of the buildings blank walls with graffiti art.
This artwork serves to deepen the ghostliness of a grand vision
that was never realised.
The structure of the village
centre remains largely intact.
Carpets are hidden beneath layers
You get the feeling someone is
article by Chris Morris