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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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  • You may want to live in the seabird Centre and Observatory from afar, but during the season still go in the boat near is best! Hordes of the Gannet was shivering! At the seabird Centre site can sign up in advance. Also located in around the island looks like a rock, but why come here? It is really strange.
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  • Is an uninhabited rocky island in the North Sea. Is very impressive. We have seen only from Tantallon Castle in December, unfortunately there are no boats arriving to the island
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  • Took the cruise out after visiting the amazing seabird centre. Knowledgeable crew, amazing chance to get close to the seabirds including gannets and puffins! Bring binoculars, and check the seabird ce...  more »
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