The New Loudoun Castle Theme Park is off of route A719 in the town of Galston, East Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Loudoun Theme Park opened in 1995 with the slogan “Scotland’s Best Family Theme Park”. Originally established by a London based company the park later became owned by Henk Bembom’s Parkware Limited in 2002. Henk Bembom invested over 9 Million Euros from 2002 through 2007 alone and brought new rides and attractions to the park each year. In late 2010, it was announced that the park would close due to economic causalities. Several of the former rides were sold off and for sale continuing into 2011. The theme park is located just behind the remains of Loudoun Castle built in 1807 and the interior was destroyed in 1941.
Loudoun Theme Park had its bit of tragedy like many other amusement parks around the world when an 18 year old ride operator, Mark Blackwood, died after falling 80 feet from a roller coaster track in 2007. The ride had gotten stuck on the coaster ‘The Rat’ and the ride operator was pushing the coaster free when it then launched forward with him clinging to the back of the ride. A woman was sitting on the ride with two relatives and saw Mark Blackwood hanging on to the ride as it proceeded upwards, when it reached the top of the incline, he fell. Loudoun Castle Theme Park was found not guilty of a health and safety violation.
The roller coasters of Loudoun Castle Theme Park were : The Rat, Twist N’ Shout and Wacky Worm. The thrill rides included : Barnstormer, The Plough, The Captain’s Wheel, The Milk Churn, The Crow’s Nest, Black Pearl, Loggers Leap and the HMS Flora McDougal. Several of the pirate / nautical themed rides were relocated to Lightwater Valley and 2 others were relocated elsewhere.
The Plough is the name for the swinging Chair-O-Plane ride that happens to have been one of the largest in the world at the time. It has now sat defunct for almost 4 years.
Where is the abandoned Loudoun Castle Theme Park located? You can find it with these coordinates. 55.61152,-4.368289.
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