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Ex Royal Observer Corps. Nuclear Bunker Kildonan, Isle Of Arran, KA27 8RW

Under Offer £25,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautiful location
  • Spectacular views
  • Historicaly interesting property

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

This interesting property is located on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Kildonan and is a unique piece of Arran’s social history. At ground level all that is visible are the raised entrance hatch, the ventilation shaft and the brick aircraft observation building. The accommodation section of the bunker is located about 6 metres underground and measures approximately 5.43 metres by 2.27 metres and it comprises a living/bedroom and separate toilet area.


From Brodick pier turn left and proceed on the A841 through the villages of Lamlash, Whiting bay and Dippin. Bypass the Kildonan turn off and proceed for a further 50 metres turning left along a farm track where the bunker is located in a field on the left, accessed by a raised green painted hatch.


On entering the ground level hatch, access to the lower level is by a vertical step ladder to the small hall area with access to the toilet chamber where the chemical toilet is housed.


The main room is designed for use as a multi functional living/bedroom area and houses various controls for the ventilation and observation installations.


The ground included with the Bunker extends to approximately 501 sq metres and has spectacular views of Pladda, Ailsa Craig and the Firth of Clyde beyond. It is set in agricultural land fairly close to the A841 on the outskirts of Kildonan. There is a brick built observation room (in poor repair) and vehicular access is by an unfinished farm track that also leads to the adjacent Kildonan Farm.


Currently there are no services, electricity and water supplies are available nearby.


Not currently banded.


From the mid 1950’s onwards over 1500 Royal Observer Corps Nuclear Observation Posts were constructed to provide a monitoring service in the event of a nuclear explosion. In 1991 the ROC was disbanded and the various posts closed. For the last few years the Kildonan Bunker has been privately owned.

Due to the nature and size of the Kildonan Bunker development opportunities are somewhat restricted, however given an entrepreneurial approach there are possibilities subject of course to Planning Approval and Building Warrant.

North Ayrshire Council Department Of Planning and Development Control has indicated that the land is presently not suitable for a separate residential development unless an acceptable and sympathetically designed scheme is submitted and meets with their approval.

Clearly however the Bunker can continue to be used as limited living accommodation. This is a totally unique toehold on Arran on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Kildonan which presently boasts an excellent hotel with restaurant and bar, a popular village hall and an excellent well stocked village shop.


If you intend to travel to Arran from the mainland and want to bring your own transport please contact Caledonian MacBrayne to reserve the car and check that the ferry is sailing to timetable on the day of travel.
Caledonian MacBrayne Tel: 01770 302166;
If you would like us to collect you at the pier we will be pleased to do so and to transport you to and from the property.

Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
29 May 2008


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