North Highland Escapes
History of Brora
A small industrial village in Sutherland, with a busy history. Brora at one time had a coal pit, boat building, fishing, salt mining, fish curing, lemonade factory, Clynelish Single Malt distillery, wool mill, bricks and a stone quarry. Stone from the quarry was used in the construction of London Bridge, Liverpool Cathedral and Dunrobin Castle. The coalmine was the farthest north coalmine in the UK.
A Government Radio Receiving Station was in operation between 1940 and 1986 and it was the first town in the north of Scotland to have electricity, thanks to its wool industry. This distinction gave rise to the local nickname of "Electric City" at the time. Local football club Brora Rangers was founded in 1879 and moved to its present stadium, Dudgeon Park, in 1922.