Caithness scenery

preglacial landscapes

glacial landscapes 

periglacial landscapes

coastal landscapes

postglacial processes



key sites in Caithness

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New paper on the glaciation of Caithness

Caithness Landscapes

Caithness has a stark simplicity to its physiography. An elevated plain stretches to far horizons of beckoning hills, each inselberg intriguing in its form and origin. Turn about, and castellated cliffs drop sheer to the North Sea or Pentland Firth. A saga of great lakes, deserts and early life is hidden from view, locked in the Old Red Sandstone beneath our feet, muted by the peat of The Flows.

Caithness attracted the attention of many great Scottish geologists in the 19th century - and it still deserves our interest today.

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