Dounreay on the north coast of Scotland is close to the UK mainland’s most northerly point. There’s been a nuclear facility on the 1.4 square km site since the 1950s and the last reactor stopped operating in the 1980s, so now the site is being decommissioned.

Dounreay can be an isolated spot, although the site is just eight miles from the town of Thurso, where the ferry port offers routes to the Orkney and Shetland Isles. There’s a unique pace of life and plenty of opportunities for leisure pursuits if you seek them out. The attractions of Scotland’s north coast lie in its Viking history and the spectacular coastal scenery and an abundance of wildlife. The coast also attracts surfers from all over the world, offering up to 20ft waves all year round.