Aberdeenshire Horror Story: Glen o’Dee Hospital, Banchory

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In my post “Would I Do It Now? Would I F**k!” I discussed all the dangerous/scary places that I “played” in when I was a kid and how I looked back with horror. Well, today I revisited that horror first hand!

I must be going through some sort of mid life crisis as I get close to 40 where I find myself looking for some more excitement in life so on this quiet Saturday afternoon I stumbled across a website called 28 Days Later which is a site where people share photos of their “adventures” in old, abandoned, and let’s not forget dangerous and scary, buildings.

Where is Glen O’Dee Hospital?

This really interested me and combine that with my love of American Horror Story: Asylum imagine how excited I got when I read on the forums that there was an actual abandoned hospital only 30 miles away – Glen O’Dee Hospital. I couldn’t get to the car quick enough although convincing Greg took more work and even when I told him I would dress up as Jessica Lange and sing “The Name Game” that only seemed to put him off more.

When we got there of course there were warning signs and fences up but that just made me more determined and it actually wasn’t too difficult to get in. When I first saw the building for the first time I have to admit I was becoming a little scared and obviously I made Greg go first…

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We walked to a little window and there was a small ladder leading up to it so obviously we weren’t the first visitors but were we the only ones today – that was a scary thought! Inside the first room was quite dark and there was glass, rocks and just general shit everywhere but seeing the book on the table by the fireplace was kind of eerie…

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The building was massive and even although I already sort of wanted to get the hell out of there we needed to at least explore a little. Some of the floors were missing so I was having to deal with real danger as well as the fear that some of the horror movies I watch might actually staring playing out live right in front of me as I kept expecting some crazy dude with a disfigured face, mask, chainsaw, knife, axe or possibly all of the above, might appear at any doorway any second…

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Wandering around you got a real sense of how this place had been “real” at one point. There were signs, notices and various items left over from another time that when you looked at them kind of sent shivers down your spine…

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There were also signs left from more recent visitors…

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I knew there must have been about four floors and a basement but there was no chance I was going anywhere near the basement but I at least wanted to go upstairs…

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What’s also quite bizarre is that although we were wandering inside a building encapsulated with  horrible memories of people’s darkest times, only 100 yards away is the new modern hospital which I could see through the broken windows. As I looked out I heard a strange noise from further up the corridor and at that point I really wanted to be in that nice, new hospital! Instead, I posed for another photo…

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By this point it was getting quite dark and becoming clear that I definitely wasn’t going to find Jessica Lange. Also, the longer we stayed there, the higher the chance of something really scary happening was so we decided to leave.

On the way out I was slightly ahead of Greg and noticed that there was some kind of receptionist area so I hurried ahead and got behind the little window. As he approached I peeked my head out and shouted “Yeeeees, how can I help?”.

He wasn’t amused.

The visit was certainly an experience and I’m glad I did it but let’s hope we don’t have nightmares tonight! I’m now going to trawl through all the photos of the building to see if I can see a ghostly face at any of the windows…

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What about you? Have you ever visited an old abandoned building…or would you like to? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014

You can see the full gallery of photos below…if you dare. The blurry ones are the ones Greg took as he was too busy shaking to take a good photo.

If you see any ghostly appearances at the windows in any of the pictures – let me know! Finally, for much better pictures look at the page on 28 Days Later.

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Update 14th October 2016Firefighters work through the night to battle huge blaze at derelict north-east hospital.

Sadly this site has since went up in flames – very sad!

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39 thoughts on “Aberdeenshire Horror Story: Glen o’Dee Hospital, Banchory

  1. A shame it’s gone, We’ve been there a few times for Paranormal Investigations. I have to admit that we found a few things we were not able to debunk. (And we tried really hard) At night Glen O’Dee was at it’s most beautiful.

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  2. It is a shame.Local kids was hanging out here often causing trouble.I am not suprised that it happen.We called a police a year ago because we could see a smoke and youngsters laughing inside building.So it is happen and it is a shame.Beautiful building….

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  3. It’s great isn’t it? There’s also an abandoned mobile home and caravan park in peterculter… It’s freaky!

    Rob Roy Caravan park… Check it out

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  4. Wonderfully creepy! I love abandoned buildings. Have you heard of Beauty in Decay – The art of urban exploration? It’s a photo series. Several books have been published but you can find some of the images on line. And I really think you need to go back at night! Just take lots of friends!

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      1. Ive been there at night before but was with a group of about 8 people. Also delved into the basement! Its more than creepy!! Found some of the nurse’s notebooks which dates back dozens of years ago. Would love to go there again!!

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  5. Its a beautiful creepy building but was a TB hospital then a hotel then used for troops in war before being used for the typhoid outbreak in aberdeen. Never was a mental health hospital. Old cornhill hospital, unfortunately currently being torn down, and kingseat hospital were the sanitariums.

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  6. Now that is somewhere I would love to visit. I can just see where I could go with my editing as well.
    Actually there is a guy in America call Seth Lawless who has made it his mission to go to all the abandoned shopping malls and buildings and take photos of them – yours and Greg’s are up there with his photos

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    1. My photos were rubbish. I wasn’t remotely concerned about getting good, arty shots as I usually try to be I was far too terrified lol. Check out the link to the other guys photos they are much better.

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  7. The place looks awesome! And that image with the book on the table is excellent – very Abandoned Yorkshire/America (they’re urbexing photography sites). Reckon you should do a ghost hunt there, I bet there’s loads of activity. My mum informed me she spent last night in an abandoned theatre talking to spirits and she in her sixties so us ‘almost 40s’ can do it!

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    1. It was very scary and I don’t usually get scared. I keep telling myself the fear was about the disrepair of the building and possibly falling through the floor…but it wasn’t. It was the shadows and the eerieness

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  8. I am so jealous! AHS: Asylum was my favorite season and anything horror/ scary situation related is the best.

    And what is all this “close to 40” nonsense lies you’re telling us?!?!

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  9. Very interesting. I would have loved to have visited that. I grew up in the East End of London, near the docks. Such buildings on a smaller scale were my playgrounds. Half bombed houses that were still standing, waste land where you could have found an unexploded bomb. They still had some pretty flowers growing in the deserted gardens. I read a couple of months ago that they found a bomb just near my school (Spitalfields Market, London). We were learning on top of a bomb. Eventually the remaining houses were condemned, people moved out and they were left for a few years before being demolished. The horror novel by James Herbert “The Rats” was based on the remaining ruins. I saw the rats when walking to school along Bethnal Green road. There were literally hundreds of them living in the ruins of the basements of the buildings, they were quite a sight-seeing attraction. James Herbert grew up in my area, his family had a stall in the market.

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    1. It was really interesting but yes quite spooky. I think it has got me hooked for my next adventure now haha. I remember reading james Herbert when I was a teenager. Kind of like the British Stephen King.

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