Explore the geological history of East Lothian, discovering the processes that have created today's beautiful coastal landscape and offshore islands. Intense volcanic activity 350 million years ago formed tough igneous rocks, but softer sedimentary rocks are also present and contain clues to past environments.
- Appreciate how the modern landscape of East Lothian has been formed;
- Recognise the main rock types found in the area, and appreciate their links to the landscape and their use by people;
- Appreciate that the long, slow story of change that has created this area continues with modern processes.
Geology of East Lothian
Day 1 : Meet in North Berwick for a classroom introduction to the rocks and landscapes of East Lothian, followed by a walking excursion in along the shore at North Berwick.
Day 2: Minibus excursion (departing from Edinburgh or North Berwick) to St Baldred's Cradle and Barns Ness, near Dunbar. Return to Edinburgh.
Lecture-based indoor introduction with map observation. Outdoor learning focussed on what students can directly observe and experience.
D McAdam & P Stone, 1997. ‘Landscape fashioned by geology’ - East Lothian and the Borders. SNH – available online at
Class handouts will be provided.
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