Currie Lee limestone quarries, near Crichton

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Excursion title:

Crichton Kirk, Castle and quarries

Date & time:

Wednesday 3 May 2017, 7 pm

Finish time:

9 pm


Mike Browne and Howard Turner, LBGC

Excursion aims and description:

Crichton Castle and Kirk are built of local sandstone, which can still be seen in nearby disused quarries. The sandstone was deposited by rivers in the Carboniferous Period, and contains good examples of cross-bedding. Nearby, on the west bank of the River Tyne, the extensive Currie Lee limestone quarries are in the North Greens Limestone. The quarries are shown as abandoned on the 1892 OS map. The limestone was burnt in nearby limekilns, which are still standing but in dangerous condition.


Private car

Start place & time:

Crichton Castle Car Park, off the B6367 south of Pathhead EH37 5XA

First locality:

Crichton Castle NT 380 611

Excursion route:

Visit Crichton Castle quarries, then descend northwards to the Tyne Water, cross it and ascend to the Currie Lee limestone quarries; return and visit Crichton Kirk.

Geological map:

Scotland 1:50k Sheet 32E Edinburgh

OS map:

Landranger 66 Edinburgh

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

4km on paths and rough river bank; quarries are overgrown and rough underfoot.

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

Steep quarry faces and unstable limekiln.

Control measures required to mitigate against any Hazards referred to above:

Stay a safe distance back from hazards.

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed?


May dogs be brought on the excursion?


Toilet information:


Excursion aims and description:

Explore the Currie Lee Limestone Quarries along the River Tyne and the sandstone used in building Crichton Kirk and Castle.


Vogrie Circular Walk (2), prepared by Lothian and Borders GeoConservation and Midlothian Ranger Service at Vogrie.