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Introduction to Balintore

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

A Jurassic Fault along the Balintore foreshore is well exposed, Oysters are quite common here, but belemnites can also be found. During the right conditions, ammonites can also be found. The cliffs here are Devonian.

Balintore - North Scotland
Last updated: [22/09/05]  last visited 2005
Written by Alister and Alison Cruickshanks
Fossils & Scottish Fossil Collecting in Balintore Your North Scotland Geological Guide & Geology Info.
(Balintore Foreshore) -

Balintore 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 sequence here is not particularly that fossiliferious either.

(Not Suitable for Familes)

Because of the rocky foreshore, this location is not suitable for a family day out, the low find frequency also makes this location one for the more serious hard-core collectors.

Fairly easy to access, but can be a fair walk. You can park along a housing estate at Balintore and walk along a public footpath to the beach.


The cliffs at Balintore are Devonian, fossils are found within the Jurassic Rocks exposed on the foreshore.

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The sea can come quite high at Balintore. 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 Balintore that are featured on UK Fossils are, Helmsdale, Golspie, Portgower, Crakaig, Kintradwell, Brora River, Balintore and Brora Foreshore, Eathie.

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.

We sell a wide range of compasses to both explorers, students to boat owners.

Some field compasses have build in clinometers so you can calculate the height of cliffs.

Our compasses are high quality. They are an essential part of the explorers kit.

All of our fossils are genuine and have been checked carefully, we only buy from reputable sources.

We have a wide range of fossils from low cost budget fossils to expensive stunning display pieces.

Our fossils are of a very high standard and they come from all over the world.

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