Wednesday 24 April 2019, 7 pm

Corstorphine Hill

Leader: Ken Shaw

This geological and archaeological circuit of Corstorphine Hill will include disused quarries in Carboniferous sedimentary and igneous rocks, glacial landforms and processes, and Neolithic/Bronze Age cup-markings.

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Excursion title:

Corstorphine Hill

Date & time:

Wednesday 24 April 2019 at 19:00

Finish time:

21:00 approx.


Ken Shaw, EGS

Excursion aims and description:

To undertake a circuit of Corstorphine Hill and examine at least:

– Disused quarries in Carboniferous sedimentary and igneous rocks

– Glacial landforms and processes

– Neolithic / Bronze Age cup-markings


Own transport

Lothian buses: No. 1 or 26 to top of Drum Brae Drive.

21 or 200 to Clermiston Road.

41 to Clermiston Drive.

12 or 31 to Corstorphine Road / Clermiston Road junction and walk over.

Meeting point:

Small car park off Clermiston Road North. NT2022 7466.

First locality:

As start

Excursion route:

Broadly clockwise round Corstorphine Hill. Route map on

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

4 to 5 km of mostly made paths, some muddy. Some steep inclines and uneven steps. Some off-path excursions over rough ground.

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:


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


Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed:

No – all of route is off-road.

May dogs be brought on the excursion?

Yes – hill is frequented by many dog walkers.

Toilet information:

None on route. May be able to use facilities in ‘Leonardo’ hotel.

Geological map sheet:

BGS 1:50,000 S032E Edinburgh; BGS 1:25,000 Edinburgh District Special Sheet.

OS map sheet:

OS 1:50,000 sheet 66; OS 1:25,000 sheet 350


Corstorphine Hill. 2004. Lothian and Borders RIGS Group.

Henderson, J. 1872. On Corstorphine Hill, Near Edinburgh. Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society, 2, 29-33.

MacKintosh, A. 2008. Corstorphine Hill: the Finest Views the Eye can Feast on. Friends of Corstorphine Hill.

Mitchell, G.H. and Mykura, W. 1962. The Geology of the Neighbourhood of Edinburgh, Third Edition. Memoirs of the Geological Survey, Scotland.

Young, Grant M. 2008. The Story Behind the Wall. Friends of Corstorphine Hill.