Caithness Horizons: Museum, Gallery Shop & Cafe


Caithness Horizons, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8AJ

    Caithness Horizons is an enthralling new visitor attraction located in Thurso which acts as a hub for the surrounding Caithness area.

    The magnificently restored building houses a permanent exhibition which uncovers the story of mankind's past and present interaction with the environment of north east Scotland. A gallery houses temporary exhibitions including the display of work by local artists.

    Commanding attention on arrival are the newly returned Skinnet and Ulbster standing stones, which have undergone two years' intensive restoration in Edinburgh and now reveal significant new Pictish carvings.

    A series of themed displays bring to life the fascinating heritage of Caithness. Highlights include archaeological objects that date from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages and relate to the lives of the Broch dwellers, Picts and Vikings that made Caithness their home. A particular treat is the impressive array of Viking artefacts from a male Viking burial at Reay, Thurso, which are on loan from the National Museums of Scotland.

    Visitors can also wander through displays of birds, track bird migration routes and meet Thurso's famous geologist and botanist Robert Dick. The displays feature Robert Dick's herbarium, now accessible to the public for the first time in many years, along with personal items, geological and fossil specimens.

    The social history of Caithness is brought to life by displays which include a Penny-farthing bicycle and film clips. Caithness Horizons explores the activities that took place at Dounreay over a period of more than 40 years, its environmental impact and its influence on the local community.

    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
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    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
    • Audio Loop
    • Disabled 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

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- Walk along Riverside to Wilson Lane, turn left and Caithness Horizons is at the top of the street.

    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 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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