Brora Heritage Centre
Today, it’s still possible to see the target machinery and the bullet backstop, consisting of a huge mound of sand. The firing butts can also be spotted at various measured distances to the south of the targets.
But why was it needed? In response to the feared threat of the French, in 1859 the UK Government had sanctioned the formation of county Volunteer Corps to train and be equipped for home defence in the face of any invasion. Formed in 1860, Brora was the third company of the 1st Sutherland Rifle Volunteers, following Golspie and Dornoch in 1859, and followed by Rogart in 1861. Each village had its own rifle range.