Rabbie Burns in Edinburgh – a geology walk
25th January 2024
A short walk through Edinburgh city centre, exploring the geology of the city and links to Rabbie Burns.
THE ROCKS: Edinburgh’s dramatic city scenery is a result of varied underlying geology and the long slow processes hinted at in Burn’s poem ‘A Red, Red, Rose’. It’ll probably be a while until “the rocks melt wi’ the sun”, but just in case you should come and have a look now.
THE WALK: A short walk from the Lawnmarket at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, around Calton Hill, passed the Burn’s Monument on Regent Road and finishing at the Scottish Parliament. I have classified this as an easy walk: we will be walking on pavements and good paths, there are steps and it may be slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear and waterproof clothing. Distance 4 km, duration 2-3 hours.
MEETING POINT & ROUTE: At the David Hume statue, outside the High Court at junction of Lawnmarket and Bank Street. Grid reference: NT256735 | Nearest Postcode: EH1 1PW | what3words: point.factories.today.