36.Tiree. (NL 969 401)
NATS radar 'golfball' at Tiree
The RAF established a base on Tiree during the Second World War,
and the ROTOR radar station at Scarinish was built in 1953. It was
closed when the ROTOR system became obsolete but the RAF maintained
the site in case it was required to reopen. Pictures and further
information about RAF Scarinish can be found at www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/s/scarinish_rotor/index.html.
Also on Tiree is a 'golf ball' style National Air Traffic Services
radar on Ben Hynish, pictured below, which was built between 1983
and 1986. The radar provides air coverage for civilian air traffic
approaching from the Atlantic but like all NATS radars built in
the early 1980s, the radar on Tiree is compatible with military
radars and can be linked to the UK Air Defence Ground Environment.