Join geologists and volunteers from the Scottish Geology Trust on the beach for some hands-on activities to explore the stories hidden in every pebble. We’ll discover an amazing variety of pebbles, find out where they come from and what they tell us about Scotland’s geology. We’ll also find out why the beach looks the way it does, and how it might change in the next few decades with climate change.
You can try out some games and activities that will help you find out more about Scotland’s geology and make you think! Build a mini drystane dyke, skim some stones, or help make a map of the area.
Dunbar has a range of rock types, including volcano rock, created around 340 million years ago. You’ll find a variety of types of rock from the volcanoes, including basalt and rock made from volcanic ash. There is also older rock here, the Old Red Sandstone that forms some of the cliffs around the beach.
All welcome! This is a drop-in event, no need to book, but get in touch with the organiser if you have any questions. In the event of bad weather, the event may be cancelled or postponed – please check with the organiser on the day.
The event will take place on the beach to the west of Dunbar Swimming Pool, known locally as the Eye Cave Beach. There are toilets near the swimming pool. From the road, it is a steep slope down to the beach, with tarmac paths and steps. The beach is sandy and pebbly and it is less than 100 metres from the road (Bayswell Road) to the beach.
Children very welcome, but must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Stay safe: take care on the beach, watch your step and come prepared for the weather. Help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Follow Scottish Government advice and keep a safe distance from anyone who is not in your household.
This event is part of a series of Beach Pebble events around Scotland during the Scottish Geology Festival – find out more here.