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Clach MacKenny is a small hill to the west of Clynder on the Rosneath peninsula.

Communications station

Clach MacKenny Mast.jpg, 2010
Clach MacKenny Mast
© Mark Nightingale

The summit of the hill is home to an MoD communication station, and contains at least two mast bases, near a small equipment building adjacent to a mast within a fenced compound. The site was listed as the Clynder Comms Site in a listing of MoD property in Scotland, prepared in response to Freedom of Information request in 2009.[1]

Records indicate that the access road is owned by the Royal Navy.

Site purpose

In 2003, VT Merlin Communications started a rationalisation and upgrade programme for long distance strategic communications between British Army units, RAF aircraft, Royal Navy warships and UK headquarters, to be delivered for the Strategic Terrestrial Radio Systems Integrated Project Team (STRS-IPT) under a 15 year, £220 million, Public Private Partnership programme. This included two sites listed in Scotland as providing specialist HF services: Toward Taynuilt and Clach MacKenny for local services to the Clyde. VT Merlin stated that following a site rationalisation programme, HF operations currently provided by existing MoD sites will cease at Milltown, Toward Taynuilt and Clach McKenny in Scotland and at Bampton Castle, Chelveston, St Mawgan and Fort Staddon in England. Operations at these sites will cease progressively from late 2003 to early 2006. Many of these sites are used for other purposes by the MoD and the only sites that are currently expected to close are those at Milltown, Chelveston and Bampton Castle.[2]


Current aerial views available online, and the mast photograph from 2010, confirm the consequences of the rationalisation programme referred to above.

The two mast bases originally reported have been decommissioned, and the HF antennae they supported have been removed.

Within a fenced compound on the site are a building which the radio equipment, with a square mast adjacent, supporting an assortment of modern VHF/UHF/microwave antennae.


1 MoD Scottish property list 2009

2 VT Merlin commences HF Communications contract

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Aerial views



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