RNAS Fearn, HMS Owl - Wikipedia
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.
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.
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
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.
I got a bit arty with some shots, I think there's scope for more, in better light.
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.
Next to this building are several which are still in use for the small grass, private airfield.
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
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.
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.