RNAS Fearn, HMS Owl (2019)

by Brian Scott August. 26, 2020 725 views

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During my ramble around the Tain area of Scotland, I managed a couple of visits to RNAS Fearn, HMS Owl, which was originally RAF Fearn and so, has, or had, two control towers, one of which is now a very nice home and Air BnB.

Tain through time

Google maps

The airfield is quite easily spotted on Google maps and easily accessed via a slip road leading towards the tower, which is now a home. The road veers left towards the grass airfield which is still in use today.

I parked outside the gate, which is/was open and started my exploring from there on foot. I've been here twice now and both times it was dreich.

I shall return one day in good light.

There are a few bits n pieces as soon as you walk onto the site and one main building which dominates the area.

The main building

The main building

Cluster of Nissen huts behind the main building

Cluster of Nissen huts behind the main building

Entering the main building.

Entering the main building.

There is mention of the fact that the RAF built a control tower but, the Fleet Air Arm built a second, three story one. Now the home seen on Restoration man.

See details of the FAA control tower, pre restoration

main building B&W

main building B&W

The largest building has several Nissen hut structures behind it. The inside of the big building is simply a shell, nothing more.

Time to explore those huts.

Looking through the windows

Looking through the windows

I got a bit arty with some shots, I think there's scope for more, in better light.

There are quite a few partial structures

There are quite a few partial structures

Possibly the shower block? ATC in the background

Possibly the shower block? ATC in the background

I spent quite a while rambling around these tumble down buildings, there's a wonderful atmosphere in these places.

There's the remains of, what I assume was a hangar and that was drawing me, it looks fabulous.

The remains of this building fascinated me, the holes in the roof, the shape of it all, beautiful and eerie.

A slightly sanitised version of the roof in B&W

A slightly sanitised version of the roof in B&W

Next to this building are several which are still in use for the small grass, private airfield.

Back through to the main doors and the Union flag

Back through to the main doors and the Union flag

Back through to the main doors and the Union flag

Back through to the main doors and the Union flag

All of these buildings are away from the private air strip and the old main runways of HMS Owl / RNAS Fearn

There is one fairly well preserved hut in a far corner

Power boxes

Power boxes

I didn't explore the entire site, it was fairly late afternoon, late in the year, hence, got to go back.

As the light faded, I started heading back to the car.

Setting sun behind the ruined buildings

Setting sun behind the ruined buildings

The fading light actually made the site more photographic, especially since the skies had been grey earlier. I'd definitely like to be here for a good sunset.

There are potential snags and trip hazards all over the site but, anyone taking normal care, could have an enjoyable explore here.

There are also many other buildings scattered all around but many are either partially in use or on private land.

I stayed in a lovely Air BnB up the road and ate in the pub in Balintore, a lovely coastal village with small beach and some interesting sights.

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In Reach Of The Skies 1 year ago

'The List' has increased by another one!

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Brian Scott Replied to In Reach Of The Skies 1 year ago

Definitely, I didn't see it all but loved it.

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