A former listening station which helped crack the Enigma code used by Germans
in the Second World War is being sold.
The Scottish site was linked to a nerve centre at Bletchley Park
Montreathmont Moor, near Forfar in Angus, has been put on the market by the Scottish Executive for offers over £95,000.
The property, hidden away in the Angus countryside, includes a former radio listening station and a 50ft mast.
In the 1940s the station was used by operators to listen to German military communications.
The work of the station helped the British Government to crack the Enigma cypher - the German code thought to be "unbreakable".
The property - which sits in the middle of 200 acres of farmland - is now
being sold off by the executive, as part of a sale of redundant
communications centres across Scotland.
Michael Ireland of Edinburgh-based country property advisers Baird Lumsden, which is handling the sale, said it was one of the most intriguing sales he had come across.
"The information we have about the property is fairly scant, perhaps because
of the secrecy surrounding it when it was in use," he said.
"It was used specifically to try and identify German spies and thereafter for
similar purposes during the Cold War.
"Effectively, what someone would be buying is a number of buildings connected
with the listening station, a garage and various storage buildings, as well as
"In one of the buildings there is a hall area which was used as the control
point where originally the operators would receive the wires."
Mr Ireland said the Montreathmont Moor station had been directly linked to the
secret base in Bletchley Park, near London, where the Enigma code was eventually
The base, known as Station X, featured in the 2001 film Enigma, starring Kate
Winslet and Dougray Scott.
Mr Ireland said that since the property went on the market last week there had
been a "mixed bag" of potential buyers.
"Because the property is so unusual, we went into this with a very open
mind," he said.
"We have had a mixture of potential property investors, some who are looking
to rent it out and others who are wanting to convert it for their own
Mr Ireland said that because of the property's location, it could easily be
"You could drive down the road and not know it was there," he said.
"The only tell-tale signs are two Nissen sheds which were used to house a
small number of guards at the side of the road."
Mr Ireland said the site would remain on the market for the next few weeks
before going to a closing date.