Currie Lee limestone quarries, near Crichton

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Excursion title:

Midlothian Outdoor Festival 2018

Geology Walk: Vogrie to Crichton Castle

Date & time:

Sunday 5 August 2018, 10 am

Finish time:

2 pm


Lothian and Borders GeoConservation

Excursion aims and description:

The wooded banks of the River Tyne near Vogrie conceal an interesting industrial history, where both limestone and sandstone have been quarried extensively. Both Crichton Castle and the Kirk are built of local sandstone, deposited by rivers in the Carboniferous Period. Nearby, on the east and west banks of the River Tyne, the North Greens Limestone was worked, in quarries shown as abandoned on the 1892 OS map. The limestone was burnt in nearby limekilns.

This walk is organised by Lothian and Borders GeoConservation as part of Midlothian Outdoor Festival 2018.

Where to meet:

Vogrie House, Vogrie Country Park EH23 4NU. Note this is 5 minutes walk from the car park, which has a £2 parking charge.

Excursion route:

From Vogrie House, descend to the River Tyne and follow it south, via the Currie Lee limestone quarries, to Crichton Castle. Return on the west bank of the river.

Geological map:

Scotland 1:50k Sheet 32E Edinburgh

OS map:

Landranger 66 Edinburgh

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

5.5km on paths and rough river bank; quarries are overgrown and rough underfoot.

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

Steep quarry faces and unstable limekilns.

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

Stay a safe distance back from hazards.

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed?


May dogs be brought on the excursion?


Toilet information:

Toilets at Vogrie House at start.


Vogrie Circular Walk (2), prepared by Lothian and Borders GeoConservation and Midlothian Ranger Service at Vogrie.