Barry Buddon

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Barry Buddon
Barry, Angus
Barry Buddon camp - - 13865.jpg
Barry Buddon Camp
Barry Buddon is located in Angus
Barry Buddon
Barry Buddon
Location within Angus
Coordinates 56°29′58″N 02°44′32″W / 56.49944°N 2.74222°W / 56.49944; -2.74222Coordinates: 56°29′58″N 02°44′32″W / 56.49944°N 2.74222°W / 56.49944; -2.74222
Type Barracks
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator  British Army
Site history
Built c.1850
Built for War Office
In use c.1850 – present

Barry Buddon Training Area is a Ministry of Defence-owned rifle range and training area located in Barry, Angus, Scotland, adjacent to Carnoustie Golf Links.


Barry Buddon dates back to around 1850 when the area was used by the Forfarshire Rifle Volunteers, the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, the Panmure Battery of the Forfarshire Artillery Brigade, and a Royal Naval Reserve Battery. In 1897 the Earl of Dalhousie sold the site to the War Office for use as a military training area.[1]

The training area covers 2,300 acres (930 hectares), of which 600 acres (240 hectares) is intertidal zone. The camp was expanded in the late 1990s and has accommodation for 507.[1] With all camps and facilities at maximum usage about 130,000 personnel could use the training area each year.[1] The ranges were used in the 1986 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[2]

Engine shed of the narrow gauge railway on the Barry Buddon range

The Barry Buddon range used a narrow gauge railway with an armoured diesel locomotive to pull moving targets on railway wagons to be used for gunnery practise.[3]

Most of the training area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and an EU Special Area of Conservation (SAC), as well as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for birds under the European Birds Directive.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Barry Buddon Training Area" (PDF). Defence Training Estate Scotland. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Barry Buddon on target". Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Barry Buddon Training Centre Ranges". Secret Scotland. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Shoreline management Plan - Coastal Process Unit 8" (PDF). Angus Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 

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