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Tomatin, Roc Observation Posts

Observation Post (20th Century), Observation Post (Second World War)

Site Name Tomatin, Roc Observation Posts

Classification Observation Post (20th Century), Observation Post (Second World War)

Canmore ID 173652

Site Number NH72NE 19

NGR NH 7986 2994

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Moy And Dalarossie
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH72NE 19 7986 2994

A Royal Observer Corps observation post is situated on the E side of the A9 from the Little Chef cafe. The underground bunker was constructed of brick and concrete in the 1950s.

J Guy 2000; NMRS MS 810/10, Vol.2, 119


External Reference (2010)

The Tomatin bunker (Inverness 62 Post) was part of a countrywide network of monitoring posts providing data via telephone. The one-roomed concrete shelter is approx. 20' down a narrow laddershaft. It was opened in 1963. The batteries and communication lines were removed in 1993. A brick aircraft post stands alongside.

Information from the ARCH Community Timelines Course, 2010

Standing Building Recording (22 March 2022)

AOC Archaeology Ltd undertook a programme of archaeological mitigation on behalf of Transport Scotland ahead of the Tomatin to Moy section of the A9 Dualling Programme.

An historic building survey was undertaken of the Tomatin Royal Observation Corps (ROC) Post (P12-CH7), a Cold War bunker. The Tomatin ROC post is located at NGR 279815 829924, to the north of the settlement of Tomatin, near the southern end of the proposed A9 Dualling Tomatin to Moy scheme. The area in which the site is located is approached by a set of concrete steps up a steep bank to the west of the site. The surrounding land is mainly unmanaged grassland, with areas of open woodland on either side.

The Tomatin ROC Post is a typical example of its type, built during the height of the Cold War. This example, completed in 1963, and the other 1,562 like it, were all built to the same specification and included identical fittings throughout, although some elements were updated throughout the 1960s – 1980s.

From: AOC Archaeology AOC-CFA JV 70634.


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