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The Old Shop, Whitecairns
Whitecairns is located in Aberdeen
Whitecairns shown within Aberdeenshire
OS grid reference NJ922182
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ABERDEEN
Postcode district AB23
Dialling code 01358
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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57°15′18″N 2°07′48″W / 57.255°N 2.130°W / 57.255; -2.130Coordinates: 57°15′18″N 2°07′48″W / 57.255°N 2.130°W / 57.255; -2.130

Whitecairns is a village in the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire, Scotland,[1] lying 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) north of Potterton and 9.7 kilometres (6.0 mi) south of Pitmedden on the B999 road.


Regular bus services link Whitecairns with Potterton and Aberdeen to the south, and with Pitmedden and Tarves to the north.[2]

Decoy airfield[edit]

During the Second World War, Harestone Moss, close to Whitecairns was set up as a decoy site for RAF Dyce airfield. This was to trick the Luftwaffe into thinking that this was Dyce airfield at night.

decoy Airfield with bunker entrance shown also

The decoy was bombed on several occasions, two craters are still present today.

3 Aug 1940
3 Nov 1940
5 Dec 1940
18 July 1941

This decoy site had a bunker that housed a generator used to power the dummy airfield lights.[3]


"Civil Defence Incidents". Aberdeen City Council. Retrieved 13 June 2012.