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Dounreay Airfield

Cinema (20th Century)(Possible), Military Camp (20th Century)

Site Name Dounreay Airfield

Classification Cinema (20th Century)(Possible), Military Camp (20th Century)

Canmore ID 266239

Site Number NC96NE 87.01

NGR NC 99460 66591

NGR Description Centred NC 99460 66591 and NC 99581 66748

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC96NE 87.01 Centred 99460 66591 and 99581 66748

Three structures survive of a large group of buildings, Nissen huts, huts and emergency air-raid shelters which were situated both N and S of the A836 road. One surviving building was possibly the gymnasium/cinema for the airfield, the others are of unkown use.

Postwar RAF vertical air photographs (106G/Scot/UK 133, 3171-3172, flown 30 June 1946) show that there were at least 27 NIssen huts of varying sizes plus about eleven other huts in this group. Spread amongst the group on the N side of the road were five emergency air-raid shelters.

A vertical air photograph taken in 1977 (OS/77/122, 168, 1977) show that all huts in this area had been removed apart from the gym/cinema building and one other structure.

Information from RCAHMS (DE), October 2004


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