Inside ruined 19th century Scottish castle where Hitler’s deputy was held in WW2
These incredible pictures show the inside of a ruined Scottish castle with a secret Nazi past.
Urban explorer Jamie Parker was left speechless after wandering around Buchanan Castle, which he said was like ‘something at Disneyland’.
Adolf Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess was treated at the 19th century property after he parachuted into Scotland as part of a failed peace mission in 1941.
The mansion in Stirlingshire, Scotland, was used as an army hospital during World War Two, however it has now fallen into disrepair after being left to rot for decades.
Mr Parker, 37, from Manchester, told The Mirror: “It’s so perfectly knackered it feels like something at Disneyland. It’s a fantastic dilapidated building.
“It has spiral staircases and turret-style corners. All the fireplaces are still there. There’s a real sense of the grandeur that the place had.
“It’s a weird contrast to the complete decay the place is in. It’s got trees growing in it and vines and ivy going up the walls – it looks like a stage set.
“It gives it this eerie feeling of the passage of time, you can see what it once was and it’s weird that it’s not like that anymore.”
He said the property was turned into an army training facility after World War Two, with the military taking the roof off in 1954 to avoid paying tax.
Mr Parker added: “If it was still an intact building it would be worth millions.
“It’s now too far gone to ever be used as a building again. It’s only going to be a fascinating ruin at this stage.”
Buchanan Castle was built as a private home for the Duke of Montrose in 1852 and become a hotel and golf resort after World War One.
Mr Parker captured aerial photographs showing the roofless property with a GoPro camera attached to his drone.
He decided to visit the mansion after another member of the ‘urbex’ community shared an account of their trip on Facebook.
The urban explorer is constantly finding new abandoned places to visit on websites such as Atlas Obscura and through social media.
Mr Parker also travelled to an abandoned torpedo station in Arrochar, Loch Long, during his trip to Scotland.
In a video shared on his YouTube account climbthatmountain, he shows the railway tracks that were used to transport torpedos around the site for tests.
He added that scuba divers had found lost torpedos in the loch.
Torpedo test firing at the facility reached its peak during World War Two, with more than 12,000 let off in 1944.
However, the site is now a shell of its former self after being shut down in 1986.
Demolition work started in 2007 but was put on hold after a huge fire.
The Mirror has previously reported on other urban explorers’ adventures, including Dax Ward’s trip to an abandoned development where a student was brutally murdered 20 years ago.
A number of houses at a development in Pracha Utit, Bangkok, were left half finished when the 1997 Asian financial crisis hit.
Years later a female university student was murdered in the area as the properties were left to rot.
Computer science teacher Mr Dax’s snaps show decrepit houses surrounded by overgrown lawns, as well as graffiti on the walls.
One of the photos shows a creepy staircase covered in dirt and spider webs on the ceiling.
The houses, with no doors or windows, appear to have been taken over by nature.
As he entered one of the houses, he photographed a completely wrecked toilet, with pieces of tiles detached from the walls and floors.
One photo shows a broken sink and a toilet seat that has become orange over time, as well as a bathtub in terrible conditions.
Dax, who shoots documentary photography as a hobby, said: “I had been exchanging abandoned site locations with a local ghost hunter for a few months, and this was one of the first places he suggested.
“I decided to go based only on the pictures and description that he provided, but I didn’t know the grim backstory until afterwards.”
He said he gathered information on the creepy neighbourhood from a ghost hunter and from some Thai websites.
The adventurer explained: “According to what I’ve gathered, in the early 2000s, a female university student was raped and murdered in one of the houses.
“Her face was mutilated and her body beaten so badly that the body itself was unrecognisable.
“After this grisly event, for which the perpetrator has never been caught, there have been a number of reports of sightings of the young lady’s ghost in the area of the houses.
“Furthermore, more than one taxi driver has reported giving a young woman a ride to this location from somewhere in the city, only for her to disappear after exiting the taxi, along with the fare that she paid before departing.”