18. Connel, Oban. (NM 905 347)
Built in the early 1960s as headquarters of the 27 Group Royal
Observer Corps (ROC), the HQ controlled 40 ROC monitoring posts
between Mallaig and the Clyde. The role of the ROC was to collect
and record nuclear blasts and fall-out information to allow the
military to move to safe areas and continue fighting a nuclear war.
In 1973, 27 Group was disbanded and the functions of the base were
transferred elsewhere. However, Connel remained in operation until
1992 as a communications centre, linked by landline to a similar
ROC centre in Inverness. Further information and photographs of
Connel are at www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/o/oban.