Mormond Hill

Mormond Hill forms an eminence in the centre of flat farmland in the district of Buchan in NE Aberdeenshire. It has two principal summits, lying at either end of a ridge, and was a landmark to sailors. The lower eastern summit reaches a height of 230m (754 feet) and is marked by an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar, part of the primary network installed in 1936 for the re-triangulation of Great Britain. This is surrounded by communication masts. The western summit, known as Waughton Hill, rises to 234m (767 feet).

On its southwestern slope, overlooking the village of Strichen, there is the prominent white quartz rock image known as the Mormond White Horse created in the early 19th Century by the tenants of Strichen Estate to commemorate the a faithful sergeant and the war-horse of Lord Lovat. On the seaward side of the hill the rock was exposed in to form the Mormond 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.

The Formartine & Buchan Way passes to the southeast.

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