A ballistic missile warning radar dubbed The Golf Ball in Scotland’s Kinross-shire has been listed for £950k.
Located in Balado – probably best known to a generation of young Scots as the site of the ‘T-in-the-Park’ music festivals – the 9-acre SATCOM II Satellite Ground Listening Station was opened by Princess Anne in 1985. Its main purpose was to act as a NATO spy base and it earned its name from its white fibreglass radome, housing a large dish antenna.
The MOD, which reportedly owns approximately 374 sites and land covering almost 25,000 hectares in Scotland, sold the site in 2007 and it has recently re-appeared on the market with agents Amazing Results. Now this slice of Cold War history is being touted as an adaptive reuse or redevelopment project for residential or commercial purposes, within easy reach of Edinburgh (just 20 miles south).
The radome is linked to the main equipment building by a corridor and doors built with enough concrete to withstand a nuclear, biological or chemical attack. An additional accommodation block houses the station mess, recreation and office facilities.
Wrapped in a burglar-proof double layer security fence, the site also comes with a guard house, for new owners with paranoia.