Highlands & Islands

Gallan Head Trust to take over Cold War station

Aird Uig radar station Image copyright Nicholas Mutton/Geograph
Image caption The site was was part of Nato's early warning system against Soviet submarines and aircraft

A community in Lewis has been given the go-ahead and the funding to buy a former Cold War surveillance station.

The Gallan Head Trust plans to build a space observatory and a marine research centre at Aird Uig.

The radio and radar station was set up at Aird Uig 60 years ago and was part of Nato's early warning system against Soviet submarines and aircraft.

More than £250,000 of funding has been secured from various organisations for the trust's project.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Land Fund and Western Isles Council - Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - have awarded grants.

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