Caithness Flag Stone

Caithness Flag has been used in Caithness since early Neolithic times, mainly as a building material.  Nowadays it is sent all over the world.  Caithness flag is also renowned for the fossils that are found in it!
 Below you will see some of the uses that it is/has been put to.


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You will see a lot of fences made from Caithness Flag.  The flags are very large and buried quite deep in the ground.

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This sight is not very common.  The flags have be chipped away to give them a rounded top and then a hole made in them to support fence wire.  

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Flag stones are often used as grave markers but you do not often see them shaped like this one.


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Drystone walls are found all over Caithness.  When the quarries were not busy the workers would spend time chipping away at the coping stones for the tops of the walls.
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Often you find roof slates made from flag as well!

 

It is also used decoratively for fireplaces etc.


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Weydale Quarry
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Machine used for cutting stones
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Piles of stones ready for shipping

For more information contact:

Caithness Stone Industries Ltd

J.W. Sutherland
The Shore
Wick
Caithness
KW1 4JW

Telephone: 01955 605472
Fax: 01955 605907
Email:  by clicking here

 

or

Sutherland Stone Works
Main Street
Golspie
Sutherland
KW10 6RH

Telephone:  01408 633483