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Rush to view secret war tunnels

Royal Navy sailors
The Royal Navy has historical links with Invergordon

There has been a rush of interest in the first officially-organised public viewing of a wartime underground fuel depot.

All but two of 40 places on a guided walk through parts of Inchindown, near Invergordon, had been booked by Friday.

Air quality inside the World War II complex has been tested ahead of the event on 19 September.

Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments (RCAHMS) will host a similar tour on 10 October.

Forestry Commission Scotland, which has helped to organise the first event as part of next month's Doors Open Days, confirmed the high level of interest.

Allan Kilpatrick, of RCAHMS, will lead both walks.

The Inchindown oil storage tanks were dug into a hillside to conceal and protect them from enemy attack.

Many workers had respiratory problems in later life because masks were not worn during excavation.

Before, during and after both world wars, the deep water port at Invergordon provided an anchorage for the Royal Navy.

Remains of trenches believed to have been dug by Royal Marines during World War I were rediscovered in more recent times at a farm near the town.

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