Polphail was built during the early 1970s to provide accommodation for up to 500 workers at a nearby oil platform construction yard in Portavadie, but was never occupied because the yard never went into production.
There have been numerous proposals to create timeshare facilities on the site of the derelict village over the years, but all have failed to attract sponsors. A further proposal reviewed in 2006 projected a village which could rival Tighnabruaich in size, with a marina for up to 250 vessels.
Redevelopment announcement I
In June 2009, the media carried a story that the ghost village of Polphail was finally to be demolished.  Site owner Alan Bradley said changes would be evident within a year, and demolition would clear the area for 270 new properties to be built over the next five to ten years.
Redevelopment announcement II
In June of 2012, agents announced that buyers were being sought for the village. No mention was made of any result from the 2009 story mentioned above.
The property consultants responsible for the sale said they believed the site could be suitable for housing or leisure development. No price was set for the site and they said they were open to offers.and that "The site has lain empty for over 35 years and is a bit of an eyesore to local residents and visitors alike. If you can see beyond the dereliction, Pollphail (sic) occupies a fantastic position overlooking Loch Fyne with views towards the Mull of Kintyre." The added that the site had "huge potential" and was "suitable for a range of uses" although they suspected that housing would be the most attractive option, and that it was "An exciting opportunity for someone to take on.
Local photography project
Local photographer Philippa Elliott has documented the derelict site in a series of photographs, and her images include a rack of door keys hanging disused, and rusting washing machines abandoned on the site. She said some locals believed Polphail was actually built as a military base on a par with Faslane, but that other suggestions for what the site was to be used for differ "depending on who you talked to".
Agents of Change: Ghost Village Project
In October 2009, a group of six graffiti artists were granted permission to paint on walls within the derelict accommodation buildings of Polphail, prior to its imminent demolition.
In June 2010, Glasgow documentary and fashion photographer Brian Cumming visited the site to document the change since the arts project. His findings were that not much had changed, "Polphail is still very much derelict with not much happened over the last few years, it still really is a dark and gloomy mysterious yet fascinating place, especially for creative people such as myself."
Eroded Lifes - The story of Polphail
3 ⇑ Buyers sought for 'ghost village' of Pollphail (sic) in Argyll and Bute Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- Polphaill Graffiti album Retrieved October 23, 2010.
- The Ghost Village Project - Agents of Change - a set on Flickr
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