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. This is an opportunity to explore Siccar Point and see it in its local context by exploring other rock outcrops along the coast.
THE ROCKS: Siccar Point is world-famous because it was discovered and described by James Hutton in support of his world-changing ideas on the origin and age of the Earth. 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.
THE WALK: A short walk, total 6km, rough in places, along the coast at Siccar Point. If the conditions allow, we will descend the steep grassy slope to Siccar Point, but we will also explore the coastline to the east, descending to the pebbly beach and following rough tracks a short distance along the shore before looping back inland to the starting point.
Cost £10 per person, booking essential: book here