Achanarras Quarry is an outstanding fossil site in Caithness and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. A huge lake covered the area 385 million years ago, when Scotland lay south of the equator and the Highlands were bigger than the Alps. When fish died here they were buried in layers of silt, and eventually fossilised. Today Achanarras Quarry is famous all over the world for its well-preserved fish of the Middle Devonian period. Many new species have been discovered here.
This illustrated leaflet is an ideal introduction to the site. You’ll find practical information for visitors, a description of the geological history of Achanarras, and a guide to the fossils discovered here.
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