Published: 20/02/2018 16:00 - Updated: 20/02/2018 15:59

Mystery surrounds buyer of Inverness wartime bunker

Written byIain Ramage


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The bunker in Mackintosh Road was designed to survive the most serious military attacks.

A WARTIME underground bunker in Inverness has been sold, Highland Council has confirmed.

The buyer, however, remains a mystery and the local authority has not revealed the price it went for.

It is believed there were numerous offers for the WWII facility – in Mackintosh Road – that played a crucial part in defending Scotland from German air attack.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “An offer for the bunker has been accepted and the sale is currently being finalised with our legal department.”

We revealed last October that the impenetrable, top secret 1940s facility was on the market as redundant council stock.

It was built for the RAF and played a vital role in protecting our coastline. It was later adopted for Cold War use and, more recently, as a civil defence headquarters shared by the council and the emergency services.

It comprises a ready made private car park atop two spacious underground floors.

The bunker was dug deep with the purpose of surviving a direct hit from the most powerful bombs of the wartime era.

In the 1980s it was strengthened “to withstand nuclear, biological or chemical attack.”

It was called into action on numerous occasions to coordinate responses to major national emergencies.

They included the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak, the 2003 Summer Isles grounding of the Jambo freighter – and a response to major floods that affected Dingwall and other parts of the Highlands in 2005 and 2006.

Police used the facility in recent months for armed training exercises.

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