St Abb’s Head. Photo: Angus Miller.

Excursion title:

St Abb’s Science Day – Geology Walk (long – duration 2½ hours)

Date & time:

Saturday 26th August, 10.30 am and 1 pm


Ian Kille (morning) and David Stephenson (afternoon)


Edinburgh Geological Society

Meeting place:

outside the St Abb’s Visitor Centre, Coldingham Road, St Abbs TD14 5PL (note this is the Visitor Centre in the village, not to be confused with the National Trust for Scotland Visitor Centre at Northfield).

Excursion route:

along the coastal path to the lighthouse, return by the road.

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

6km with 160m of ascent. On good paths that may be rough or slippery, with steep ascent / descent in places.

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

The route follows a cliff-top path, at times close to the edge of the cliff.

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

Wear good footwear and keep back from the cliff edge.

May dogs be brought on the excursion?


Toilet information:

At the Ebba Centre near the start and end of the walk.

Excursion aims and description:

Join an expert geologist for a walk around St Abb’s Head and explore the story of the volcanoes that erupted here 400 million years ago.


St Abb’s Head geology walk available from