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Ward of Scousburgh


(Scousburgh Hill, Hallilee Hill)

A summit in the Dunrossness district in the southwest of the Shetland Mainland, the Ward of Scousburgh (also known as Scousburgh Hill and Hallilee Hill) rises to 263m (862 feet) a mile (1.5 km) northeast of Scousburgh and 7½ miles (12 km) north of Sumburgh Head. This hill has been a location for communications masts since a radio-navigation station was built on its summit during World War II, part of a network that guided bombers to their targets in continental Europe, which was controlled from Burifa' Hill in Caithness. An associated accommodation camp for the staff lies abandoned to the east, on the opposite side of the A970 road. Subsequently microwave transceivers were located here, forming part of Britain's telecommunications backbone network. At 54 miles (86 km), a link from one of these transceivers to North Ronaldsay (Orkney) is the longest ground-to-ground microwave link in the UK. Eight large dishes on the hillside which were operated by BT were dismantled in 2007.


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