Faraid Head

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Faraid Head, from Poll a'Gheodha Bhain

Faraid Head (Gaelic: An Fharaird) is a small peninsula on the northern coast of Sutherland, located around two miles north of the hamlet of Balnakeil and three miles north of Durness.

At the point is located a small radar station built in the 1950s to house a ROTOR radar system to provide radar coverage of Great Britain's north coast. By the time the facility was completed however the ROTOR system had become obsolete and the station was closed down but remained in the hands of the Ministry of Defence. In later years the main building was renovated as a control tower for the Cape Wrath and Garvie Island bombing ranges.[1]

View from the south east

Extensive sand dunes can be found at Faraid Head which forms part of the Oldshoremore, Cape Wrath and Durness Special Landscape Area.

See also


  1. RAF Faraid Head ('RAI') CEW R10 ROTOR Radar station, Subterranea Britannica, 2004-06-15. Retrieved 2013-02-20.