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Fossil Hunting on the Isle of Skye

Also known at Scotland's Jurassic Island. Skye is the best place in Scotland to find Jurassic fossils. Here you can find ammonites, belemnites, and reptile remains along some outstanding coastal areas. Fossils have been collected and documented from the Isle of Skye for many years with some fantastic discoveries being made. The beach's of Bearreraig Bay and Elgol are some of the best spots on the island to find fossils.

Skye houses a complete sequence of 400m of the Jurassic history. The entire coast from portree to staffin is fossiliferous Jurassic rocks. This guide features Bearreraig Bay fossils and some local information.


The Ardnish Peninsula is a place of immense beauty and has amazing wildlife. Several little slim Liassic/Jurassic peninsular stretch out like fingers, dividing the sandy shoreline into little inlets at low tide. Very rich horizons are separated by relatively baron ones.


Elgol offers beautiful scenery and the guarantee of finding fossils. The sheer number of bivalve fossils crammed into certain layers of rock here is staggering.


Dunans has a delightfull little secluded beech that has an exposure of soft grey Oxfordian clay on the high tide mark. A variety of fossils can be picked from the clay shale lying at the foot of the exposure, and patches of fresh clay bedrock are often revealed on the lowest of tides.


Famous for it's historical past, the shores to the north of Prince Charlies Cave which itself lies to the North of Portree, can provide a variety of common and a few rare collectable fossil specimens from several recognised zones. Prince Charlies Cave is one of the toughest Skye has to offer.


Famous for it's historical past, the shores to the north of Prince Charlies Cave which itself lies to the North of Portree, can provide a variety of common and a few rare collectable fossil specimens from several recognised zones. Prince Charlies Cave is one of the toughest Skye has to offer.


Camustianavaig is not for the faint hearted with a long hard walk, and then a very rugged terrain. However, for the enthusiastic serious collector it has a few amazing fossils. Stunning scenery and absolute solitude in this very remote location.


The tiny sea front village of Waterloo is a good place to start for a short and easy fossil bearing location on Skye. A great place for a family fossil hunt, or for the beginner. Lower Jurassic fossils are to be found in patches across most of this easily accessable bedrock.


Valtos has the dramatic landscape to match it's dramatic name. This is the place to see some of Skye's famous dinosaur footprints. As well as amazing trace fossils, these Bathonian upper jurassic sedimentary rocks have yielded dinosaur bones bones in the past, and they are on display in the Huntarian Museum in Glasgow.


Flodigarry is a very picturesue beach with amazing views and Oxfordonian sediments containing good pyrite and calcite fossils. The wild seas can add to the drama of this location, and the wildlife is second to none. Great place to spend a day with a picnic and a look for fossils on the low tide.


Hallaig is to be found at the south end of the Isle of Raasay. Fossils can be found along the east shore and in burns and streams at various places on the island. Raasay boasts geology of international importance, and Hallaig is an excellent location to see it.


Various fossils such as belemnites and bivalves can be found along the beautiful and unspoilt coastline to the south east of Kilmarie. Views seen from the beach are magnificent.


A location which is worth stopping off at for an hour on the way to Elgol, belemnite fossils can be found at this location. A few rocks contain bivalves. Some sandstone outcrops also contain fossils.


The Glasnakille stretch of coastline must be accessed in 3 different places to see its various bays and headlands. The sea here reaches the plunging cliffs even at low tide. The scenery is worth the effort even if the fossil finds are on the low side.


Infrequent Cambrian fossils can be observed on the surfaces of dolomitic limestone boulders at the base of Ben Suardal. They are not particularly easy to find and are hard to collect but their great age should be an incentive to at least try to find them.

Cliff
Fossils collected direct from cliff face
Foreshore
Fossils collected from the foreshore
Cliff/Foreshore
Fossils collected from the cliff and foreshore
Quarry
Location is a quarry or pit
Stream
Fossils collected from a stream or river bed,
Field
Fossils collected from a farm field
Cutting
Fossils collected from road or railway cutting.
Scree Slope
Fossils collected from hill or mountain scree slope.
Rock Outcrop
Fossils collected from rock outcrops.
Lake / Reservoir
Fossils collected from lake or reservoir banks.
Microfossils
Samples taken back for processing microfossils.

 

Accommodation

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