In the run-up to the UK and US invasion of Iraq in 2003 it became
increasingly clear that, even amongst those who believed they were
well informed about the activities of the military in Scotland,
there was a shortage of up-to-date information about what happened
where. With a significant majority of Scots opposing an invasion
of Iraq without a UN mandate it was clear that such information
was crucial to allow an informed debate. With the continuing (and
possibly never-ending?) "War on Terror" such information
continues to be of vital public interest. If Britain does face the
possibility of major terrorist attack then all Scots have the right
to know both what the potential targets are as well as what steps
are being taken to defend us.
The list that follows not only contains details of current, operational
military installations, but also includes those that performed important
functions during the Cold War but which are now closed. Whilst it
is clear that soldiers from Scottish regiments have played (and
continue to play) a major role in both Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts,
this report does not look at their organisation in any great detail.
All information contained in this report has been drawn from publicly
available sources - primarily newspaper cuttings and the Internet.
We have not used any information that was not already in the public
domain. It is not intended to be either comprehensive or complete.
Only a selection of military establishments in Scotland has been
We would welcome any corrections, amendments and any additional
information. We hope to produce further revised and updated versions
of this report at regular intervals.
The list has been sorted and arranged from North to South and into
the following regions: Orkney and Shetland, the Highlands and Islands,
the North East, West Central and the South West, and finally South
East Scotland. This report is intended to be a modern appraisal
of the important military facilities outlined in Malcolm Spaven's
book Fortress Scotland, published in 1983 by Pluto Press. The report
highlights changes in military facilities in Scotland since the
end of the Cold War and emphasises that the 'War on Terror' means
that Scotland still has a critical role in present world conflict,
and could continue to do so in the future.
Ordnance Survey grid reference co-ordinates for each location are
listed beside each entry. Maps and aerial photographs can be viewed
online by typing the co-ordinates at: www.getamap.ordnancesurvey.co.uk
Entries with the symbol m were still operational at the time of
going to press. The symbol l beside an entry indicates that the
site is no longer used for military operations.