North Berwick Shore, East Lothian
2nd February 2024
A rocky coastal walk through spectacular remains of ancient volcanic eruptions.
THE ROCKS tell us about a dramatic episode in Scotland’s history when East Lothian was rocked by volcanic eruptions, burying the landscape under lava and ash. Beneath the surface magma oozed in underground chambers and cracks. What happened away back then created today’s landscape with its islands, hills and rocky headlands, all made of hard igneous rocks. Millions of years of erosion have taken their toll, stripping off the overlying rocks to expose a wide variety of rocks and shapes – volcanic vents, intrusions, lavas and ash layers. If it wasn’t for all the ancient volcanic activity, the landscape would be flatter, the Firth of Forth wider, and perhaps East Lothian wouldn’t exist at all!
THE WALK: From North Berwick we will walk eastwards on sandy beaches and across rocky headlands before turning inland and returning along the road. I have classified this as a moderate walk, not always on paths, it may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear, waterproof clothing and something to eat and drink. Duration 3 hours, distance 7km.