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How to get to Dounreay

By Train
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.

By Air
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.

Inverness airport, which has a daily service of flights from London/Gatwick and Luton (easyJet), is also an option. Inverness is approximately 140 miles from Dounreay.

By Road
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.

Contact Details

Nr Thurso
KW14 7TZ

Telephone Office: 01847 802121
Out of Hours: 01847 871230