Scotland Has It’s Own Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park

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There’s something hauntingly beautiful about abandoned amusement parks – once places of joy left to be overgrown with plant life and rust. They’ve become places of fascination recently, thanks to urban exploration and the high-quality eerie photographs travellers are publishing. But while the haunting story of Pripyat or the quirky US Land of Oz have rightly generated interest, we actually have our own abandoned amusement park here in Scotland!

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Loudoun Castle was a theme park set around the ruins of the 19th century Loudoun Castle near Galston, in the Loudoun area of Ayrshire, Scotland. It boasted five roller coasters and a variety of other rides, including the HMS Flora McDougal, – a swinging ship, the Loggers Leap log flume, and the Barnstormer, a 43-metre (143-foot) tall shot-and-drop tower.

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In 1997, the Loudoun Castle attraction welcomed around a quarter of a million visitors through its gates, but attendance gradually slowed to the point where it was no longer economically viable – even though its owners continued to pour millions into the park to keep it up and running

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On 15 July 2007, 18-year-old ride operator Mark Blackwood died after falling 80 feet (24 m) from a rollercoaster he was pushing, which had got stuck. He was taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock for treatment but died there on Monday 16 July 2007. After a two-week trial, the jury found the park owners not guilty of failing to provide proper training and supervision at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Saturday 10 October 2009.

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