Burifa Hill - Dunnet Head

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The views from Burifa Hill over Dunnet Bay to Thurso are stupendous. The three miles of Dunnet Bay sweep out from Dunnet Village to Castletown and it and Dunnet Forest are very popular recreational areas for outdoor activities. Burifa Hill is less visited than Dunnet Head as vehicular access is difficult, but the walk is superb, both from an historical point of view and from that of the birdlife, flora and fauna. Highland cattle graze on the hill in the winter months.

Dunnet Head and Burifa Hill played an important part during WWII, although they had differing roles; the one on Burifa Hill being a navigational aid for aircraft, codenamed 'Gee', that on Dunnet Head being a radar station. On the left as you reach the top of the hill was the Army Guard site and on the right, the Dining Room. There are Bofors gun placements near each transmitter and receiver, which are octagonal bases with a metal clip in the centre. There are a number of buildings still standing which were receivers and two transmitter huts.

There is a good track for most of the route, with one boggy section in the middle.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Caithness


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Moor, Wildlife

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1.9 Miles