Caithness Horizons is an enthralling visitor attraction located in Thurso which acts as a hub for the surrounding Caithness area.
The magnificently restored building houses a permanent exhibition which tells the story of the county of Caithness from the geological period known as the Devonian (about 416 to 359 million years ago) to the present day. The Gallery hosts temporary exhibitions including displays of work by local artists.
Commanding attention on arrival at the museum is the Early Medieval Sculpture exhibition, which features four Pictish stones and two Norse rune-inscribed memorial stones from Caithness.
In the Main Exhibition Hall there is a series of themed displays, which bring to life the fascinating heritage of Caithness. Highlights include the famous fossil fish of Caithness and archaeological objects that date from the Neolithic and Bronze Age. Visitors can wander through displays of birds, and meet Thurso's famous geologist and botanist Robert Dick. The Robert Dick exhibition features plant specimens from Robert Dick's herbarium, now accessible to the public for the first time in many years.
In 1954 Dounreay was the site chosen to pioneer the development of the fast breeder reactor programme. In March 1955 work commenced with excavation for the construction of the spherical dome of the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR), which has become an enduring symbol of the site. The Dounreay exhibition explores the history of the Nuclear Research Establishment and the impact that it has had on Caithness. New for 2015 is an exhibition that has the reconstructed Control Room from the Dounreay Materials Testing Reactor as its centrepiece.
Caithness Horizons takes visitors on a truly remarkable journey into all that Caithness has to offer. There is a Cafe and Gift Shop onsite to ensure visitors have a fully enjoyable experience.