23 Post Skelmorlie
Fifteen feet below the ground, a close-knit team of dedicated and highly trained volunteers waited for the message they hoped would never come. Throught the Cold War, the underground monitoring post of the Royal Observer Corps at Skelmorlie played an important role as part of the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation.
Built as part of an extensive network of posts designed to confirm and report effects of a nuclear attack on the United Kingdom, this monitoring post is undergoing preservation as a tribute to the thousands of men and women who served in the Royal Observer Corps until it's stand-down in September 1991.
Museum, Castle or defences
Skelmorlie ROC Post is located near the village of Skelmorlie, Ayrshire, just north of Largs on the A78. The post is a private museum and is open by prior arrangement or on specific open days.
There is currently no charge for visiting 23 Post Skelmorlie, however donations are greatfully appreciated. Any monies donated go towards the upkeep of the post or are donated to the local ROC Association.
Access to the post is by way of a 15ft vertical ladder fixed to the wall of the entrance shaft and you should be in good health and able to ascend and descend this ladder if you wish to visit the inside of the post. Full instruction by experienced staff will be given on the correct procedure for entering and exiting the post and you are under no obligation to enter the post if you feel uncomfortable doing so.
Includes many items of post equipment including Air Raid Siren, Ground Zero Indicator, Bomb Power Indicator, Burndept Radio, Teletalk and Fixed Survey Meter. The Post is also lucky to have the only known example of an experimental air filtration system in Scotland.
Weapons and War