How to get to Dounreay
The closest railway station is Thurso, approximately 10 miles from
Dounreay. There are three daily services from Inverness, Monday to
Saturday, and one on Sundays. The journey takes approximately 4.25 hours.
Current timetable information can be provided by National Rail Enquiries
08457 48 49 50.
The nearest airport to Dounreay is Wick. Flights are operated by British
Airways and Eastern Airways, from Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and
London/Heathrow via Edinburgh or Aberdeen. Journey times from all these
points is approximately 3.5 hours including the transit. There are no
flights into or out of Wick on Sundays.
which has a daily service of flights from London/Gatwick and Luton (easyJet),
is also an option. Inverness is approximately 140 miles from Dounreay.
Take the A9 north through Perth to Inverness and follow it for a further
130 miles to Thurso. From Thurso take the A836 westwards for 10 miles to
Dounreay. Allow at least 2.5 hours if you do not stop. Roads
are single carriageways in each direction with many bends and in many
places not good for overtaking. the A9 is the main route north and
you will often be stuck behind slower moving traffic - lorries, caravans
etc depending on the time of year. Accidents can cause long delays
as there are few alternative routes. Having said that there is much
to see as the drive takes you along many miles of coast and you are
driving through the Highlands - farmland and the most open wilderness in
Europe. If you have time take route in land for while and see huge
changes - watch out for herds of deer, birds of prey. In Caithness
and Sutherland by going inland you will see the the famous flow country -
a massive peat bog stretching across Sutherland and Caithness - another
wildlife haven and home to many rare species and wildlife.
Telephone Office: 01847 802121
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