NO5608 : Secret Bunker guardhouse

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Drumrack, Fife, Great Britain

Secret Bunker guardhouse
Secret Bunker guardhouse
This was a standard pattern of guardhouse for the underground ROTOR radar stations. It contained the guard room, armoury, store, rest room and stairs down to the access tunnel for the bunker itself. Now the building is the shop and ticket office.
Scotland's Secret Bunker

The ‘Secret Bunker’ dates from the Cold War in the 1950s when it was built as a radar station forming part of a network codenamed ROTOR. It was one of 25 ‘Ground Control Intercept’ stations to detect incoming enemy nuclear bombers in sufficient time to allow fighter aircraft to engage them. It operated as a ROTOR radar station from 1953 to 1958 and became the Scottish Northern Zone Regional Seat of Government and later continued as Regional Government HQ until closure in 1993.

It’s worth noting that the ROTOR underground bunkers were not designed to withstand a nuclear weapon, but would remain intact after attack by 1-ton armour-piercing bombs dropped from 26,000 feet.

It is now a tourist attraction with road signs showing the route to Scotland’s Secret Bunker. Most of the two-storey bunker’s rooms are on display showing the equipment as it was in the early 1990s along with some World War II material, background to the Cold War and the Royal Observer Corps, and two small cinemas, one of which shows Peter Watkins’ striking and thought-provoking 1965 film ‘The War Game’.

(Source: ‘Cold War Secret Nuclear Bunkers’ by Nick McCamley, Pen & Sword Military Classics, Barnsley 2007.)

Secret Bunker website: LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Thursday, 28 March, 2013   (more nearby)
Saturday, 30 March, 2013
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Derelict, Disused  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 5684 0888 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:16.2257N 2:41.9085W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NO 5685 0886
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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