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Skelmorlie Secret Bunker - North Ayrshire

Skelmorlie Secret Bunker, Royal Observer Corps, North Ayrshire, Scotland

These are aerial photos of an underground bunker.

More correctly this is a museum set up to display the vital work done by the Royal Observer Corps during the cold war.

These observation posts were planned to be manned after a nuclear war to provide information to the military and government and to report on the extent and result of damage and of any survivors.


Skelmorlie Secret Bunker, Royal Observer Corps, North Ayrshire, Scotland

These bunkers - the green box, in this view on the right near the flagpole, is the entrance - were built all over the country and very few are now left. Even fewer are intact and accessible.

The large building is the reception area and the small one (darker green) is a replica of the underground post for the convenience of those who can't access the real thing by climbing down the ladder.

This bunker is just a mile or so south of Skelmorlie in Ayrshire and about a quarter mile inland (east) of the main coast road, the A78, and it is maintained by the retired members of the Royal Observer Corps, No 25 Group, Ayr.

It's marked clearly on all maps, OS, Google and Bing etc.

The entrance gate is at   hotspot.buggy.uniforms   on What3Words. Nice!


Skelmorlie Secret Bunker, Royal Observer Corps, North Ayrshire, Scotland

The official designation is No 23 Post, Skelmorlie.

This one was built in 1965 until the Corps were finally stood down in 1991.


Skelmorlie Secret Bunker, Royal Observer Corps, North Ayrshire, Scotland

From directly overhead.

The bunker's website has details of contact and access and the bunker can be visited by the public, by appointment.

Guided tours are available and children and the less mobile are welcomed.


Skelmorlie Secret Bunker, Royal Observer Corps, North Ayrshire, Scotland

Finally a ground level photograph looking from the road outside the site.

The two ferries transiting between Wemyss Bay and Rothesay on the Isle of Bute can be seen passing each other in the middle of the channel.

On the far shore of the Clyde you can see Toward Point on the Cowal Peninsula and on the left is Port Bannatyne on Bute, to the north of Rothesay Bay.



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