Reay Patrol

A.K.A. (nickname)
Patrol 1
County Group

Reay is a coastal village 3 miles west of Dounreay.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant John Cuthbert Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal J. Morris Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Alex Henderson Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Granville A. MacKay Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Granville MacKay Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Located west of the small village of Reay is a lay-by adjacent to a quarry on the A838 where a single rough track leads off into the heather.

Situated about 180m along the track leading south from the lay-by and a further 73m east of this track is the remains of the OB.

Very little remains, only some timber and corrugated sheeting along with a section of ventilation pipe.

OB Status
Collapsed with few visible remains

Reay Patrol

Patrol Targets

As the Patrol OB was near to a coastal location, Sandside Bay would have been on their list of potential targets had it been used for a Naval vessel supply route and possible anchorage.

The A836 is also nearby and would have been an essential main supply route for any transportation of troops and equipment around the peninsula of Caithness and Sutherland as well as troops possibly utilising the unfinished airfield at Dounreay.


Training was conducted at Langwell which is near to Golspie, for combined training with members of other Patrols. This was carried out by Scout sections from the Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders.


Geoff Leet's article in Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2005

Hancock data held at B.R.A

TNA ref WO199/3388

Private Correspondence with David Blair

Highlands Historic Environment Record