A linear crofting township on the east coast of Caithness, Sarclet lies 5 miles (8 km) south of Wick. Once a safe natural harbour for local fishing boats the clifftop settlement was developed in the early 19th century by David Brodie of Hopeville, who was the tenant of Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster (1754 - 1835). Sarclet Head extends into the sea a half-mile (1 km) to the southeast, while Loch Sarclet lies to the south. A decoy airfield was built to the west during World War II to draw enemy bombers away from RAF Wick, located 5½ miles (9 km) to the north. It included a control bunker, an air-raid shelter and several other buildings, as well as dummy runways, taxiing strips and service roads, which were all illuminated at night.

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