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Bass Rock, North Berwick

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The Bass Rock, or simply the Bass, is an island in the outer part of the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland. Approximately offshore, and north-east of North Berwick, it is a steep-sided volcanic rock, at its highest point, and is home to a large colony of gannets. The rock is uninhabited, but historically has been settled by an early Christian hermit, and later was the site of an important castle, which after the Commonwealth period was used as a prison. The island belongs to Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple, whose family acquired it in 1706, and before to the Lauder family for almost six centuries. The Bass Rock Lighthouse was constructed on the rock in 1902, and the remains of an ancient chapel survive.The Bass Rock features in many works of fiction, including Robert Louis Stevenson's Catriona and The Lion is Rampant by the Scottish novelist Ross Laidlaw.Geography and geologyThe island is a volcanic plug of phonolitic trachyte rock of Carboniferous (Dinantian) age. The rock was first recognised as an igneous intrusion by James Hutton, while Hugh Miller visited in 1847 and wrote about the rock's geology in his book Edinburgh and its Neighbourhood, Geological and Historical: with The Geology of the Bass Rock.
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  • Really great 90 minute ride around in a rib to see The Lamb, Craigleith and Bass Rock. Great fun riding the waves! Other tours were cancelled due to winds but this one went ahead. Fantastic time. Book...  more »
  • You probably need to book and don't worry about the weather - we went when it poured with rain & although we got soaked it seemed to add to the atmosphere and the birds come out whatever the weather  more »
  • We took the combined ticket boat trip from the seabird centre for £25 the boat took us to Craigleith and Bass Rock. In hindsight we wouldn't have bothered with the centre itself which though it had a ...  more »

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