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Introduction to Lothbeg

Fossils and Scottish Fossil Collecting in Lothbeg Your North Scotland Geological Guide and Geology Info.

Lothbeg is a tiny Hamlet in North Scotland. Fossils can be found in the Jurassic rocks on the foreshore. The Kimmeridge Clay is often exposed and plants can be found in the soft lothbeg beds.

Lothbeg - North Scotland
Last updated: [07/05/04]  last visited 2003
Written by Alister and Alison Cruickshanks
Fossils & Scottish Fossil Collecting in Lothbeg Your North Scotland Geological Guide & Geology Info.
(Kimmeridge Clay at Lothbeg) -

Location Information

This location has been classified as 'Low' because in order to find any fossils, you need a good scour which does not happen very often. The Jurassic Shales are below beach level.

(Suitable for Familes)

Although Crakaig is suitable for families, it is not suitable for children because of the very low find frequency. However it does have sandy beaches which does make a good family day out.

Crakaig is quite difficult to find and there is no official car parking. The walk however is quite quick and easy.


There are no cliffs at Lothbeg, all of the fossils come from sales which are exposed during scouring conditions.

There are 'NO' restrictions to this location

Please follow our national fossil collecting code

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Common sense when collecting at all locations should be taken and knowledge of the tide times should always be noted.

The sea can come quite high at Lothbeg. Ensure you return well before high tide. The foreshore can be very slippery and rocky. Please wear suitable footwear

Other Jurassic Coastal sites in Scotland

There are a range of Jurassic Coastal sites in Scotland, most near Brora have been caused by the Helmsdale Fault. On the Isle of Skye, there are a number of coastal exposures including Bearreriag Bay, Glasnakille, Elgol, Faoilean. Other locations near to Lothbeg that are featured on UK Fossils are, Helmsdale, Golspie, Portgower, Crakaig, Kintradwell, Brora River and Brora Foreshore.

Other locations with Kimmeridge Clay are, Chapmans Pool, Kimmeridge Bay, Lothbeg, Portgower, Helmsdale, Balintore and Eathie, in Scotland, or Wyke Regis, Bowleaze Cove and Ringstead in Dorset.

Stone Tumblers are used for tumbling and polishing rough rock, stones and pebbles including those found on the beach and glass.

Whilst collecting fossils, on those days where you come back empty handed, you could collect rocks, stones and glass from the beach and tumble then at home.

These are all high quality machines to give a professional finish to your samples. The tumblers can be used with a variety of grits, most commonly Silicon Carbide Grit and Cerium Oxide. We have a wide range of rough rocks for sale too.

Microfossils are much easier to collect because they are so small that the vast majority of collections only concentrate on large finds. These small finds can simply be found by taking small samples of sands, crags, clays and soft rocks and examining them under a microscope.

We have a wide range of microscopes for sale, both for the study of fossils, but also educational and professional for use in the laboratory. We have Stereo microscopes, Compound Microscopes, Polarising Microscopes and Monocular Microscopes.

We have thousands of Test Sieves for Particle Analysis.

Endecotts Sieves: For accurate dependable results you can't buy a better test sieve than Endecotts. At every stage of manufacture each test sieve is individually inspected.

High Precision Tecan manufactures precision apertures as small as 3 microns for a wide array of applications such as filtering, sieving and nozzles. Its high-performance, ASTM/ISO compliant test sieves satisfy the most demanding fine particle grading requirements.

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