Siccar Point, Borders Coast
1st August 2020
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.
THE ROCKS: Siccar Point is world-famous as the most important site described by James Hutton in support of his world-changing ideas on the origin and age of the Earth, and 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, just as Hutton did.
THE WALK: A short walk across grassy fields to the viewpoint above Siccar Point, which lies at the foot of a steep grassy slope; it is not essential to descend all the way down the slope to see the key features. We can also explore the beach section to the south-east. This is classified as an Moderate Walk, but with an adventurous addition of descending to the Point, which is only possible if the weather conditions are right. It may be wet, windy or cold. Come equipped with strong footwear and waterproof clothing.
MEETING POINT & ROUTE: Siccar Point car park, on the Minor road leading to Drysdale’s vegetable processing factory near Cockburnspath.
Grid reference: NT804705. Nearest Postcode: TD13 5YR. What3Words: fails.surfer.coil. Route Map.
CORONAVIRUS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION: During Geowalks activities, the aim is to keep everyone safe and to minimise the risk of transmission of Coronavirus. Everyone has a duty to minimise the risk to themselves and others. All participants must read this document “Geowalks: Coronavirus Pandemic 2020 – Information for participants on short walks” and you can only attend a Geowalks activity if you have read and agree to follow the procedures outline, and accept the risks involved.
Most importantly, do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus, or if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days. The main symptoms are a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of smell or taste.