Findon Quarry and Pier Summary
The full article from which this summary is taken is available here.
Records show the existence of the Findon quarry and pier in the 1760s with references to the exporting of stone and the importing of various commodities such as coal and timber. The quarried stone was transported throughout Scotland and a reference exists of samples being sent to London in 1853.
They were part of a number of such arrangements around the shores of the Cromarty and Beauly Firths.
There is little evidence today of the pier and jetty which were absorbed into the construction of the A9 Cromarty Bridge causeway which was the last use of the quarry to provide stone for the southern causeway. The history of the construction can be accessed here. The flooded quarry has been hidden by the sewerage treatment works and a belt of trees. The photograph in the Gallery below attempts to show the position of the pier/jetty. A film showing the building of the Cromarty Bridge can be found here. It offers tantalising glimpses of the southern end where the old jetty would have been.
Local historian Dr. Jim Mackay has produced a series of histories relating to the eastern end of the Black Isle and his story of the quarries at Cullicuden touched on the facilities at Findon. His page can be found here.
The HER database contains a record that states that the rectangular structure on the foreshore is a quarry whereas other records imply that it is a fish trap/yair. An alternative suggestion has been that it was a dock. Another record suggests the location of a breakwater close to the site of the previous record.