The story of Dounreay, its leading role in the world quest for energy and its impact on the wellbeing of the far north of Scotland are all captured in a new book to be published next month.
Fifty Years of Dounreay is a 140-page hardback book charting the history of the site. It includes approximately 150 archive photographs.
Published by North of Scotland Newspapers, the book is written by Bill Patterson, a Glasgow-based author with Caithness connections.
It describes how the Government selected Dounreay in 1954 as the site of Britain’s experiment with a new technology that promised to deliver electricity in abundance. But by the 1980s, the rationale for fast reactors had faded and a decision taken to shut down the programme.
Priced at £17.95, the book will be available from local outlets in Caithness and directly from North of Scotland Newspapers, publisher of the Caithness Courier and John O’Groat Journal.