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Dounreay Airfield

Engine House (20th Century), Military Camp(S) (20th Century)

Site Name Dounreay Airfield

Classification Engine House (20th Century), Military Camp(S) (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Upper Dounreay Smallholdings

Canmore ID 266245

Site Number NC96NE 87.07

NGR NC 99526 66063

NGR Description Centred NC 99526 66063 and NC 99178 65854

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 87.07 Centred 99526 66063 and 99178 65854

Two areas situated immediately N of Upper Dounreay Smallholdings, one of which includes the electricity generator house, seven emergency air-raid shelters and many large Nissen huts suggesting a more specialised use such as engineering etc, is visible on a postwar RAF vertical air photograph (106G/Scot/UK133, 3171, flown 30 June 1946).

A vertical air photograph taken in 1977 (OS/77/122, 168, 1977) shows that all huts in this area had been removed by this date, and only the generator house is left upstanding is confirmed by a visit to the site in 2000.

Visited by RCAHMS (DE, GS), August 2000


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