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Report - Scotlands secret bunker

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by ltpjrs, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. ltpjrs

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    Not strictly UE paid the £8 entrance fee but as seen as Holpton is on the thought I would put this one on. This place is outside St Andrews and has been used as several different things during its time. Started off as a ROTOR radar station was then mothballed for 2 years than came back as a Civil defence HQ with BBC studio, ROC HQ and was where the Scottish Government would go if the cold war was ever to kick off. This place had 2800 outside telephone lines and 900 internal all operated manually. No guided tours you just take yourself round listening to one of those audio guides (extra £2) which I didn’t bother with.

    There is a few films showing at various places round the bunker they are Protect and Survive, Sound an alarm (which has disappeared off you tube:() and one with clips from War Game. The projector had broken and they were not showing the last one. Tripod is a must nearly didn’t take mine but long shutter speeds are needed for the low light. One thing that spoils the pictures is their use of dummies round the place.

    There are vehicles parked up round the exterior spoiling the remoteness of the site. Inside the bunker is crammed full of artefacts and in my opinion too full. On the way round at the end of the upper level there was an open door I thought the room was on the tour so I strolled up and inside were 2 maintenance guys working in there. They were working on a Jacuzzi!!! On the shelf above the sink was a Sky plus remote control!! I do not know if someone lives down there why else have a Jacuzzi and Sky? Tried to take a couple of snaps but was told not to by the blokes in there. Didn’t take pictures of the chapel as it’s consecrated but there were pictures on the wall of a couple getting married down there.

    First room is a mock up of a Roc post including beeping WBXXXX bunk beds, BPI and GZI (didn’t realise how small they were).

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    Then it’s on to a mock up of a ROC HQ with dodgy green florescent tubes
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    Doctor’s room

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    Dormitory with original blankets in brown paper

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    BBC studio and radio workshop

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    Gents with original sinks and water heater

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    Perspex screen with fallout marked

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    Civil defence room loads of teleprinters, typewriters, desks and chairs along with Perspex screens with the fallout drawn on.

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    Telephone exchange

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    ROC Artefacts (behind glass door)

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    Armoury

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    How to dig a toilet

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    RAF radar room

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    RAF plotting room

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    Lightnings on the runway at RAF Leuchars

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    BT room

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    Good tour we went and it was nice and quiet dunno what it would be like in the middle of summer when it may be crammed full of people.

    Expensive if you plan to take the family and eat there bowl of soup was £3. Worth it if you are in the area.
     
    #1 ltpjrs, Nov 1, 2007
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