Around Siccar Point
5th September 2021
It is Scotland’s most important geological site, but Siccar Point is tucked away on the rugged coastline of the Scottish Borders, a hidden gem with beautiful coastal scenery and a rich geological story. This is an opportunity to explore Siccar Point and see it in its local context by exploring other rock outcrops along the coast.
THE ROCKS: Siccar Point is world-famous because it was discovered and described by James Hutton in support of his world-changing ideas on the origin and age of the Earth. It remains now much the same as when Hutton visited in 1788. The junction between the older, tilted layers of greywacke sandstone and the younger Old Red Sandstone is clearly visible, allowing us to work out the story of the formation of these rocks.
THE WALK: A short walk, total 6km, rough in places, along the coast at Siccar Point. If the conditions allow, we will descend the steep grassy slope to Siccar Point, but we will also explore the coastline to the east, descending to the pebbly beach and following rough tracks a short distance along the shore before looping back inland to the starting point.
I have classified this as an Moderate Walk, but with an adventurous addition of descending to the Point, which is only possible if the conditions are right. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear, waterproof clothing and something to eat and drink.
MEETING POINT & ROUTE: The Siccar Point car park, at the entrance to the Drysdales vegetable processing factory in Old Cambus Quarry, located at the end of a minor dead-end road off the old A1107. Coming from the A1, take the A1107 Coldingham road across the narrow bridge at Pease Dean. After 300 metres, turn first left, sign posted for Pease Bay and the Old Cambus Quarry. At the next junction continue straight on through the gate posts, and follow the road as it winds through a shallow valley. Look out for the Siccar Point car park on the lefthand side. Grid reference: NT804705 | What3Words: tangling.concerts.developed | Route Map.