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Queen Anne took in folk from Valleyfield / Blairhall / Oakley and then there was Woodmill High which took in everyone from Abbeyview who wasn't Catholic at St Columbas HS. Nane o' this class-based education in Dunfermline, eh?!

Let's add Abbeyview to this whole list actually. I used to work up on the north coast and met this family whilst doing a tour. I asked the family where they were from and the wee kid immediately jumped in and shouted "Abbeyview!". Not Dunfermline, but very specifically Abbeyview. The parents were suprised I knew where they were talking about.

The guy I worked with by chance also came from Abbeyview before moving to become an electronic goods smuggler between Goa and Jakarta (probably a big improvement). One of his old mates came up with his son and we enjoyed a big slap up meal with stuff he'd brought up, no expense spared. This seemed a bit odd to me before I found out that this guy was due in court in a couple of days time for kicking a guy to near-death and he knew he was going down for it, hence getting in some last quality time with his son. Seemed like a nice chap too!

There's also the Trondheim Parkway story: Dunfermline's been twinned with Trondheim for a few hundred years and the local councillor thought he could get a jolly to Norway out of this by 'reviving' the auld relationship. He got wined and dined over there and then invited the other lot over to Dunfermline to cut the ribbon on a new street in Abbeyview called 'Trondheim Parkway'. The Norwegians were rather angry and unimpressed when they turned up to find a shithole which has since been flattened. laugh.gif

Worked with a guy from Abbeyview and we played his local at pool , it was called the Trondheim ,we had a great time ,i remember there wer bars on the windows ,inside and out !

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Has anyone else mentioned Skinflats yet? Ugly little collection of council houses on a floodplain with view of Grangemouth to the southeast and Longannet to the northeast.

Even the name makes it sound like a scab on the arse of Scotland.

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Ooft Woodmill and Abbeyview. Now that takes me back to ma childhood. I had a great aunt who stayed in Woodmill credcent and we used to walk up to the spar in abbeyview. It was a rough old place. i had cousins who stayed in a right shithole of a street in kelty. lochleven terrace i think it wad called. A pure dump.

Woodmill and Abbeyview are pretty quiet these days. All the pubs closed! Nearest one is in Touch.

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Has anyone else mentioned Skinflats yet? Ugly little collection of council houses on a floodplain with view of Grangemouth to the southeast and Longannet to the northeast.

Even the name makes it sound like a scab on the arse of Scotland.

I went into a DSS rented flat there once to repair a toilet for a letting agent, i think the tenants were poles. They spoke no English but had no electricity on and the bath was full of water keeping about 30 cans of Lech chilled :lol:

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That was just a myth I remember folk from valleyfield saying that when I was a school. It was actually about a valley of death. Re the Skids coming from Dunfermline that wasn't strictly true - Stuart Adamson was from Crossgates, Richard Jobson came from Ballingry although his family moved to Saline and Tam Kellichan came from Cowdenbeath I think only Bill Simpson was from Dunfermline.

That's utter pish anaw ma man. It was about them going into the Valley Bakery. My dad's workmate was pals with the Stuart Adamson.

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A lot of the sh*tholes have nice sounding names though.

Anyone looking for a house in Kirkcaldy would think Valley Gardens would be a good choice.

Abbeyview - an unspoilt hamlet with views towards the abbey?

Then others have absolutely f*cked up names that suggest they were designed to be a sh*thole. Skinflats, Mauchline, etc.

Fishcross (on the way to the Sterling Mills outlet) sounds like it would be reekin, but there's a crackin pub/ restaurant/ carvery that does brilliant food. Their steak pie is amazing.

Next time your team play at Alloa/ your wife drags you to Sterling Mills/ you visit the jail, go for something to eat at The Ochil View, Fishcross. It's on the main road.

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Am I the only one who kinda wants to, you know, visit these places? In some kind of bizarre voyeurism, and definitely in the confines of tranportation and large groups.

Someone needs to organize a bus tour of Scotlands shit holes (I'm pretty sure the Glasgow Tourist buses already do this around the city). I'd go on it. Who's with me?

And don't say you're not going because I'm going, I'm a very dignified bus passenger.

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Some parts of the Hilltown in Dundee were pretty shoddy before they all got knocked down. The place generally doesn't look that terrible now.

There's a lot of Dundee that'd actually fit in this thread, but on the whole it's brilliant.

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Am I the only one who kinda wants to, you know, visit these places? In some kind of bizarre voyeurism, and definitely in the confines of tranportation and large groups.

Someone needs to organize a bus tour of Scotlands shit holes (I'm pretty sure the Glasgow Tourist buses already do this around the city). I'd go on it. Who's with me?

And don't say you're not going because I'm going, I'm a very dignified bus passenger.

No, I'm with you there. I actually looked up to see if it was possible to get from my house to Rigside (what a bizarre place that is!) via public transport. It just looks really strange.

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No, I'm with you there. I actually looked up to see if it was possible to get from my house to Rigside (what a bizarre place that is!) via public transport. It just looks really strange.

In a previous life as a surveyor I done a job down in rigside, weird wee place. Never got any hassle, the locals just seemed curious/terrified of the equipment we were using. They probably thought the digital level was a soul stealing device.

Also done a job in Oakley, seen a guy with full early-mid nineties rig-out, bubble jacket, popper tracks bowl cut the works. This was in 2006.

Could be a good laugh that job, you name a shithole in Scotland, I've probably been there working!

Can confirm that the worst place was possil, at least at the time anyway closely followed by the white scheme in bridgeton.

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Am I the only one who kinda wants to, you know, visit these places? In some kind of bizarre voyeurism, and definitely in the confines of tranportation and large groups.

Someone needs to organize a bus tour of Scotlands shit holes (I'm pretty sure the Glasgow Tourist buses already do this around the city). I'd go on it. Who's with me?

And don't say you're not going because I'm going, I'm a very dignified bus passenger.

Not exactly in Scotland, but I'd like to visit Chernobyl. Probably a lot easier on the eye than some of the places on here. Motherwell for example.

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I think Rigside is leading the way so far. I've got no doubt that there's rougher and more deprived areas but they're within cities and town where there's stuff to do. Rigside on the other hand is entirely a shitty council block in the middle of nowhere along the edge of the Southern Uplands with f*** all to do.

Here is an actual extract from a property website where you can acquire a 3-bed house for only £70k:

Rigside enjoys a range of local amenities including good primary school, health centre with pharmacy, well stocked village shop with post office. It is a great area for the commuter with the M74 only a few minutes' drive. Regular bus service to the larger market town of Lanark which is approximately 7 miles away, and here you'll find a more comprehensive range of amenities, including sports facilities, schools, pubs and restaurants.

The settlement is masked by a row of the only modern houses in the area to make it look half decent to those bypassing Rigside on the main Ayr Road:

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However, this is the real standard with these buildings making up 95% of the place:

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Here is the city centre:

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For entertainment, children can be kept occupied in 'the pit':

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... while the older generations can hang about the post-box for a chat, sharing stories from 'doon the pit':

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There are also usually a couple of BYOB parties, quite often during the day to pass the time:

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Don't all rush at once...

Edited by Hedgecutter

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I think Rigside is leading the way so far. I've got no doubt that there's rougher and more deprived areas but they're within cities and town where there's stuff to do. Rigside on the other hand is entirely a shitty council block in the middle of nowhere along the edge of the Southern Uplands with f*** all to do.

Here is an actual extract from a property website where you can acquire a 3-bed house for only £70k:

The settlement is masked by a row of the only modern houses in the area to make it look half decent to those bypassing Rigside on the main Ayr Road:

post-13234-0-88593400-1342599088_thumb.j

However, this is the real standard with these buildings making up 95% of the place:

post-13234-0-73501700-1342599188_thumb.j

Here is the city centre:

post-13234-0-68958700-1342599259_thumb.j

For entertainment, children can be kept occupied in 'the pit':

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... while the older generations can hang about the post-box waiting for a postie to deliver the news from civilisation:

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There are also usually a couple of BYOB parties, quite often during the day to pass the time:

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Don't all rush at once...

You could offer me a 3 bedroom house there for free and £70k cash and I still wouldn't live there. It truly is a hell-hole. The only reason I knew of its existence is that I had to go there for a few hours once a week with my work a couple of years ago. The eery blank expressions on the faces of the less than attractive natives will live with me for a very long time.

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Going back to train lines, the Glasgow > Ardrossan South Beach line can be a pretty daunting experience, especially at weekends. Passes a few right dodgy schemes

Glasgow, Paisley (Feegie), Johnstone (in general), Miliken Park (Howwood Road), Glengarnock (Kilbirnie Longbar - hellhole), Dalry (has a few horrible schemes, Timber etc), Kilwinning (Blacklands), Stevenston (all of it), Saltcoats (top end), Ardrossan (top end)

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I'm with Hedgecutter: Rigside wins. I think of all the former pit villages, it looks like the most soul-crushing. Imagine growing up there.

edit: Apparently, this is going to be built nearby:

http://owenstown.org/

I'm always a little skeptical of these manufactured towns but...

Edited by Swampy

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Going back to train lines, the Glasgow > Ardrossan South Beach line can be a pretty daunting experience, especially at weekends. Passes a few right dodgy schemes

Glasgow, Paisley (Feegie), Johnstone (in general), Miliken Park (Howwood Road), Glengarnock (Kilbirnie Longbar - hellhole), Dalry (has a few horrible schemes, Timber etc), Kilwinning (Blacklands), Stevenston (all of it), Saltcoats (top end), Ardrossan (top end)

I'm around these areas a lot and I don't think they're that bad.

Think Paisley is massively elevated above much of this thread to be honest.

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That's utter pish anaw ma man. It was about them going into the Valley Bakery. My dad's workmate was pals with the Stuart Adamson.

Fair enough Davie sure I read somewhere about the valley of death thing.

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