Torphin Quarry

In the far reaches of Edinburgh’s suburbs, nestled below the Pentland Hills, lies the disused quarry of Torphin, which formerly exploited iron-rich igneous rocks. The exposures consist of layers of lava interbedded with volcanic ash dating back 410 million years, to the early Devonian Period. There is no access to the quarry but a walk over Torphin Hill provides a short but rewarding walk giving stunning panoramas across the city. The quarry was one of the first Local Geodiversity Sites in the city and remains the only one with a geological management plan!

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