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Excursion title:

Dalkeith Buildings Heritage Walk

Date & time:

Wednesday 30 September 2020, 1pm

Finish time:



Tom Challands, University of Edinburgh

Excursion aims and description:

The historic Royal Burgh of Dalkeith has a large number of interesting stone buildings, dating back to the 15th century. This walking excursion along the paths and streets of Dalkeith will provide a chance to look at the use and source of building materials in the town. We can compare the weathering characteristics of the various rock types and see examples of techniques used to repair and conserve buildings. We shall see examples of locally quarried Upper Carboniferous sandstones as well as stone brought into the town from other parts of Scotland and further afield – a rich geodiversity on our doorsteps!

Meeting point:

Outside the Dalkeith Corn Exchange Museum building [NT333 675] in the High Street, Dalkeith.

First locality:

Corn Exchange

Excursion route:

Circular route around Dalkeith including High Street, Edinburgh Road, Lugton Bridge, Buccleuch Street, and Eskbank Road.

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

Total distance of 4 km is mainly on pavements. Some busy roads will be crossed.

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

Walking on pavements next to roads with traffic, some short ascents and descents. Gravestones and ancient masonry in St Nicholas Churchyard.

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

Be aware of traffic – be diligent and look before crossing streets; take care on pavements which may be slippery especially in wet weather. Be aware of low-risk potential for collapse of unstable masonry.

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed?

Hi-viz vests desirable; the leader will wear his.

May dogs be brought on the excursion?

Dogs may be brought provided they are kept on leads.

Toilet information:

Public toilets may be available in Dalkeith centre as well as a number of hostelries.

Geological map sheet:

BGS 1: 50 000 32E Edinburgh

OS map sheet:

Explorer sheet 345 or 350


Mitchell, G H and Mykura, W. 1962. The geology of the neighbourhood of Edinburgh. Memoirs of the Geological Survey, Scotland.

Dalkeith Building Stones leaflet, Lothian and Borders GeoConservation