Scotland’s Secret Bunker

The entrance tunnel is 150 yards long with concrete walls 18 inches thick

The entrance tunnel is 150 yards long with concrete walls 18 inches thick

Date

27 August 2013
Location

Troy Wood, Fife

NO 56840 08893; 56.27052°N, 2.69848°W

Information

This Cold War-era underground facility in Fife, Scotland was built in 1951/52 and opened in 1953. The ‘R3 type’ bunker covers 24,000 sq ft on two levels 100 ft below ground and would have accommodated 300 personnel. The bunker was operated by the RAF until 1956. It later served until 1968 as the Regional Seat of Government, manned by the Civil Defence Corps. It was then designated as the Regional Government HQ until its closure in 1993. The base would have become the centre of government for Scotland in the event of a nuclear war.

Scotland’s Secret Bunker (Official website)

 

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Scotland’s Secret Bunker

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Scotland’s Secret Bunker

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Scotland’s Secret Bunker

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Scotland’s Secret Bunker

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Scotland’s Secret Bunker

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Scotland’s Secret Bunker

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Scotland’s Secret Bunker

The surface structure, disguised as a farmhouse, containing the entrance to the bunker

The surface structure, disguised as a farmhouse, containing the entrance to the bunker’s access tunnel

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8 thoughts on “Scotland’s Secret Bunker

  1. Very disturbing! I find the photo of the passageway much more unnerving than a mine adit…and the underground control room scenes have all the elements of a tongue-in-cheek Bond movie…except that they are for real. One can imagine the bumbling attempts by the assembled top brass to cope with an all-out nuclear strike… I love the “disguised as a farmhouse” entrance…priceless.

    • Yes, it is quite a sobering thought that the three hundred or so folks entombed behind the three-ton blast doors at the end of that tunnel would have been trying to run what would have been left of the country.

  2. I always found it strange that the only people left after any kind of nuclear war would be civil servants and politicians, probably not most peoples choice of who they would want to survive! Still, I guess someone needed to tidy up whatever was left………

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