This joint excursion will start at the slipway opposite the Hawes Inn. We will view the bridges then continue eastwards to Hound Point to examine the Carboniferous sedimentary and igneous rocks along the coast. High tea will be arranged in South Queensferry.

Read the Code of Conduct and Safety Guidelines and book your place …

Excursion title:

South Queensferry

Date & time:

27th June 2020 10:30

Finish time:



Richard Smith, EGS

Excursion aims and description:

To view the 3 bridges and examine Carboniferous sedimentary and igneous rocks along the coast to the east.


Private cars or public transport.

Meeting point:

Hawes Pier, South Queensferry NT 135 783

First locality:

Hawes Pier, South Queensferry NT 135 783

Bus and car parking by promenade to the west.

Excursion route:

Walk west on promenade to view the bridges, then east on coastal path to Hound Point and back, stopping at select rock exposures.

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

Walking about 6 km on mainly fairly even path (kerbs and stiles a possibility) with some steep slopes and rocks on shoreline; 10 m or so of ascent and descent to rock exposures on sandy beaches.

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

Likely slippery rocks if wet. Risk of being cut off by a rising tide.

Admiralty Tide table predicts Low Tide 12.21pm on 27-6-2020, gradually rising to High tide at 19.30.

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

Require sturdy boots with good grip, waterproof clothing, gloves, consider a trekking pole, sunscreen, plenty of water, food. Protection against wind and possibility of poor visibility so stay in the group.

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed:

No, neither required.

May dogs be brought on the excursion?


Toilet information:

Toilets at beginning and end of walk.

Geological map sheet:

BGS 1:50,000 32W

OS map sheet:

Landranger 65


Edinburgh Geology: Excursion Guide; Cramond-Queensferry pp192-196