Welcome! This site chronicles my adventures in urban exploration.

What is urban exploration/urbex?

It means exploring and documenting places that are normally off-limits to the general public. Mostly this involves abandoned buildings and other structures, but not always.

I don’t claim to be a particularly adventurous explorer or a particularly talented photographer (both facts you can probably pick up from reading my articles!) but I do get a lot of enjoyment out of exploring, and I like to share my photographs and experiences with the world.

In common with most urban explorers, I will only explore places if there is a way in that avoids doing any damage (both because I disagree with causing damage, and because it would be a criminal offence).

Disclaimer: the fact that I describe a building on here doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe or legal to go in it. Please, always exercise caution and common sense. Gcat is not responsible for the consequences of anything you choose to do after reading this website.


19 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Hope your well.

    I have really enjoyed reading through this website, thank you for sharing your explores.

    I am so interested in urban ex, and also love photography and history.

    I was wondering if you would consider letting me tag along on some of your explores?

    Many many urban explorers are so precious about what they do and are not interested in newbies 🙁

    Hope you get this email ok..

    Thanks for reading


    • gcat says:

      Hi 🙂 glad you enjoyed the site. I know how you feel regarding getting into urbex… I found the same thing when I first started, it’s hard to find locations and to meet people to go with. I don’t have any explores planned right now due to being busy with other things for a few months, but if anything suitable comes up I will give you a shout.

  2. mauricio leal says:

    Really interesting stuff,I fascinated about these old railways in Glasgow.
    Thanks for that.
    I also heard there is a project to maybe bring them back to use….any inside knowledge about that?

    • gcat says:

      Glad you enjoyed the posts :). The old Glasgow railways are possibly my favourite places I’ve explored.
      There’ve been various proposals over the years to reopen some of the disused lines, but nothing definite that I’m aware of just now. Of the ones I’ve explored, the old Glasgow Central line could probably be reopened from Stobcross up to Kirklee (although it would require undoing some of the flood prevention works in the tunnels and rerouting the footpath at Kelvinbridge). Any further than that probably wouldn’t be feasible due to the amount of new housing that has been built across the line. It does seem a shame that the tunnels can’t be used for something though.

  3. Chris says:

    Hi gcat – some superb tunnel photos there. I find them very difficult to photograph especially if looking back towards the entrance. They tend to eat up torchlight too

    I’d be grateful if I could email you a query about the Scotland Street tunnel – many thanks

  4. Corie says:

    Hello! I’m exploring the botanical gardens tunnel and your site was very helpful in finding the kelvinbridge tunnel. I’m very curious about how you got down to the actual tunnel? The metal doors by inn deep are locked and it’s quite a way down. Anything helps. Thanks a bunch!

  5. Roisin Hamilton-Pringle says:

    hey! I’m a relatively new urban explorer however i love it and have been quite a few places in scotland. I’m moving up to aberdeen and i was wondering if you’d be able to help me if you knew any places around there?? i love your website and style of photographs!! i have been inspired by some of your images which is sometimes able to be seen in my images! hope you can help!!:)

    • gcat says:

      Hi 🙂 glad you like the site. Unfortunately I don’t know of anywhere around Aberdeen… I think the furthest north I’ve been exploring is actually the Glenfarg tunnels just south of Perth (which are well worth a visit if you like tunnels).

  6. Philip says:

    Hi, my publishing company Ringwood (based in Glasgow) are doing a walking guide to the abandoned railways of NW Glasgow (overground of course). Basically following the old lines, now and then photos, local wildlife, industrial history etc. But we’d like to tell people what it’s like to be in the tunnels – could we speak to you?
    Thanks and best wishes,

  7. Will says:

    Hey I’ve just started urbex and was wondering if you could drop me an email to give me some tips etc

  8. Caitlin Sharkey says:

    I’m a student journalist and I’m looking to write an article on urban exploration in Scotland. I was wondering I could ask you a few questions? Thank you!

  9. John says:

    Hello. Can you send me please your e-mail addres, I want to ask a few questions about urbex in Edinburgh.

  10. Karen says:

    Hi there,
    I am a student doing a project on the botanic gardens station and I have been searching everywhere for sections of the tunnels and station from when they were built, can’t seem to find anything!
    I was wondering if you have any dimensions of the site?
    It would help me out a lot.

  11. Dave says:

    Not sure if this site is still active, just wanted to say a big thanks and am glad I stumbled across this site now.

    Recently 2017 went to the botanic gardens to hop the fence for tunnel entrance but even the entrance down to the tunnels is now been fenced off and excavated…sob!

    hope your doing well and still out exploring?



    • gcat says:

      Yep, they have fenced off the entire cutting now, you can’t even get to the tunnel portal or the old Kirklee platforms anymore 🙁 .

      I haven’t had much time for exploring lately but I’ve always intended to get back to it. I do have a couple of things planned for later in the year, and a few minor explores that I haven’t got round to writing up yet…

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