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Bervie Brow

A hill on the Aberdeenshire coast, Bervie Brow rises to 137m (449 feet) a mile (1.5 km) northeast of Inverbervie. A military radar station was built here in 1952, during the Cold War, as part of the ROTOR early warning system. Known as RAF Inverbervie, the facility comprised an innocuous-looking ranch-house style bungalow, which gave access to a large underground bunker that was self-contained and intended to survive a nuclear blast. The arrangement and style is similar to the base at Troy Wood in Fife (now Scotland's Secret Bunker), although Inverbervie was much smaller. The US Navy occupied the site as a communications base from the 1960s until 1978, operating it in conjunction with the former RAF Edzell. After lying empty for some time it was used by the army as a substitute Scottish headquarters in case of emergency. The facility was closed in 1992 and sold into private ownership by the Ministry of Defence but remains extant.

Tradition suggests that King David II (1324-71) and his Queen were shipwrecked on the rocks at the base of the hill in 1341. Bervie Brow is also of archaeological interest, with Neolithic tools having been discovered here.


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