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Report - Keir Home Farm, Stirling - DECEMBER 2018



GreyFox

Immortal oldie
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History

Keir Home Farm is located on the large Keir House country estate near Stirling in central Scotland. Keir House was built in the 16th century, and the Home Farm much later in 1832. The Stirling family lived on, and owned, the estate from the 15th century up until the 20th Century.
David Stirling, founder of the Special Air Service, was born at Keir in 1915.

Though Keir House is still inhabited and maintained today, Keir Home Farm is left abandoned and forgotten within the extensive estate grounds.


Report

Visited on a cold December afternoon with a non-member.

The Lodge is the first building we encountered upon entering the abandoned Home Farm area. It’s Greek revival columns make it a listed category B building, dating from 1861.

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It was unsurprisingly bare inside.

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We made our way further into the grounds and caught sight of the beginnings of the Home Farm and the impressive chimney feature.

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The Victorian architecture soon blended into a more Renaissance style.

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Various interesting stone features such as quotes and sculptures present on many of the exterior walls.

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‘Our time is a very shadow that passeth away’ - Wisdom of Solomon.

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‘Gang Forward’ - Motto of Clan Stirling.

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‘Non mortale quod opto - What I desire is not mortal’.

We explored the rest of the overgrown farm courtyard before making our way into the buildings.

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GreyFox

Immortal oldie
28DL Full Member
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The interior of the buildings was bare and decaying, though the integrity of much of the structures was surprisingly in tact.

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And lastly, we approached the pièce de résistance of Keir Home Farm, the glorious renaissance clock tower.

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Happy to find it accessible, we made our way into the crypt-like stone passages and ascended the spiral staircase.

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The top floor seemed unstable, so we dared not to venture out onto it.

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We then descended back down to ground level with a small sense of achievement.

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All in all, Keir Home Farm has a lot to offer for such a relatively small area. Heaps of buildings, beautifully preserved stonework, and of course, a clocktower!
Well worth a visit if you’re in the Stirling area.

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