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Dunnet Head, Chain Home Low Radar Station

Radar Station (20th Century)

Site Name Dunnet Head, Chain Home Low Radar Station

Classification Radar Station (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Loch Of Easter Head

Canmore ID 139013

Site Number ND27NW 7

NGR ND 20493 76565

NGR Description Centred ND 20493 76565

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Wick
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND27NW 7 centred 20493 76565

A Chain Home Low radar station on Dunnet Head, situated immediately to the NW of Loch of Easter Head. The radar station was equipped with type 57, a high powered version of the fully mobile type 37 trailer set, which operated on low power; and type 273, which was a naval designation for a surface watching set, with paraboloids mounted inside a perspex 'lighthouse'- type structure.

Information from Mr I Brown, November 1998.

This radar site is situated in an area to the SE of the lighthouse. there are several single storey brick built buildings and many concrete bases.

J Guy 2000; NMRS MS 810/10, Vol.1, 32, Vol.3, 14-15.

A group of brick and concrete buildings that form the Chain Home Low radar station at Dunnet Head. One large transmitter/receiver (Tx/Rx) block with a blast wall at the SE end (ND 20493 76565) , one electricity generating house with blast wall (ND 20435 76584) , mast bases at the NW end of the Tx/Rx block, other upstanding buildings (ND 20452 76530) and several hut bases were all noted.

Visited by RCAHMS (DE,SW), August 2000.


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