Achanarras Quarry Nature Reserve

Discover the world-famous fossil fish of this former quarry. A huge lake covered the area 380 million years ago.

Achanarras Quarry, a fascinating fossil site in Caithness, is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

You are welcome to visit the reserve the shelter and interpretation panels explain about the history of the site and what makes it so special. 

If you plan to collect fossils at Achanarras Quarry, you should read:

NatureScot owns and manages the reserve.

Best time to visit

Any time of year.


A visitor centre, car park and information panels.


Achanarras Quarry Nature Reserve
National Grid reference: ND 149 544

Using a satnav? KW1 5XU is the nearest postcode.

Getting there

Achanarras Quarry is about 1km west of the Mybster junction on the B870. Turn right at the brown tourist sign for Achanarras Quarry and drive down the track to the car park. The track runs alongside a forestry plantation. The quarry is 1km from the car park along another track.


The Links
Golspie Business Park
KW10 6UB

Telephone: 0300 067 6841

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Fossil Fish of Caithness

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