Caithness Horizons: Museum, Gallery Shop & Cafe


Caithness Horizons, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8AJ

    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.


    5 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Sundays April - September ONLY


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Full Alcohol Drinks License
    • Lunch Available
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Highchair Available


    • 24hr CCTV
    • ASVA Member
    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Town Centre


    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Public Parking Nearby

    Road Directions

    Follow signs to Thurso, then signs to Caithness Horizons, park in Riverside car park, then walk up Wilson Lane until you arrive at the pedestrian precinct.  The main entrance to Caithness Horizons is on your right.

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- Regular service from Inverness to Thurso. Walk along Princes Street to junction with Olrig Street, turn right, Cross at pedestrian crossing and proceed along precinct. Caithness Horizons is on the right.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Nearest airports Wick & Inverness

    Getting there by ferry:- Regular service from Orkney. Arrives to Scrabster Harbour. Bus from Scrabster Harbour to Town Centre. Proceed along precinct to venue.

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair


    • Wheelchairs or other mobility aids provided
      • These are freely available
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]


    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria


    • There is a lift
      • There are verbal announcements for stops at each floor

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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