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Mormond Hill

Rising to a height of 230m (754 feet) in NE Aberdeenshire and topped by communication masts, Mormond Hill forms an eminence in the centre of flat farmland in the district of Buchan. It has two summits and was a landmark to sailors. On its southwestern slope, overlooking Strichen village, there is the prominent white quartz rock image of the White Horse created in the early 19th Century by the tenants of Strichen Estate to commemorate the war-horse of Lord Lovat. On the seaward side of the hill the rock was exposed in the form of stag in 1870. A US Airforce missile early warning station was built on the summit in 1961 and operated until 1992, in conjunction with RAF Buchan. The site passed to the Ministry of Defence in 1993 and communications masts still operate here, providing links to North Sea oil platforms.


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