The entrance tunnel to the Secret Bunker stretches nearly 450 feet from the start and gradually slopes downhill to the top floor of the bunker.
Encased in two feet of concrete, the tunnel leads you to the bunker which is almost 100 feet below ground level.
The Secret Bunker houses a number of air intakes and extractors which maintain the temperature of the bunker at a natural temperature of 18 degrees….you won’t be cold!!
The Secret Bunker houses a number of rooms which acted as a Command Centre during the Cold War.
The radar room displays some of the equipment that was among the last to record interceptions of Soviet incursions into British air space during the final days of the Cold War.
The RAF operations room is complete rebuild of the original 1950s RAF centre which was housed at this site. This room includes a “Tote” board which shows aircraft and anti-aircraft gun status, as well as original files and papers which were left behind after the end of the Cold War.
Six dormitories were built in the Secret Bunker which were intended to sleep up to 300 personnel. As the bunker had to be on full alert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week a ‘hot beds’ principle had to be adopted. With employees working up to 18 hours a day, they could then rest for 6 and then swap their bunk with another member of personnel when they started their next shift. The Secretary of State had his own suite of rooms and the private secretary and military liaison staff were also all provided with separate living quarters. The Minister of State had his own private office which overlooks the nuclear operations room.
The Secret Bunker housed its very own broadcasting studio, which was staffed by the BBC, to ensure that in the event of a nuclear strike emergency broadcasts could be transmitted.
All other radio and TV channels would automatically go off-air and the emergency broadcast would inform people of the dangers.
The Secret Bunker has it’s very own Chapel which had a resident clergy throughout the Cold War. The Chapel even welcomed a wedding between two local residents in 1994!
Most of our guests are surprised to find a room dedicated to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament at Scotland’s Secret Bunker. We wish to provide a balanced and informative experience for all of our visitors and believe that this is an important part of the story.
The CND room has been created in conjunction with the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (SCND) who ensure the most up-to-date information is presented. The display indicates where Nuclear materials are currently located within Scotland and demonstrates how real the issue remains…fingers crossed the Government don’t ask for their Bunker back!!!
The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament works for the abolition of all nuclear weapons in Britain as a step toward the global elimination of these weapons of mass destruction.
“Scotland is at the centre of the issue of Trident. All British nuclear weapons are based here and the UK government are planning to spend £167 billion on new nuclear-armed submarines. These would be based on the Clyde despite the fact that most Scots don’t want them. The Scottish Parliament and 58 of the 59 Scottish MPs at Westminster oppose Trident renewal.” (www.banthebomb.org, 2016)
During the Cold War the canteen was used by 300 personnel daily and we have carefully preserved many original features in today’s café.
We offer a selection of hot and cold snacks and refreshments for you to enjoy from cakes and coffees to freshly made sandwiches and paninis.
Our café also has a range of memorabilia on the walls for you to view!
The café is open every day from the 1st of March from 10am to 4pm.
The friendly Secret Bunker team are ready to answer your questions about everything from buying tickets for groups, to booking a special event.
Just fill in our enquiry form and we’ll call or email you to help.