North Berwick Law, North Berwick

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North Berwick Law is a conical hill which rises conspicuously from the surrounding landscape (this is the definition of the Lowland Scots word "law"). It overlooks the East Lothian town of North Berwick and stands at 613 ft (187 m) above sea level.Geologically, the law is a volcanic plug of hard phonolitic trachyte rock of Carboniferous (Dinantian) age. It has survived the scraping glaciers of the ice age. It is a crag and tail with a prominent tail extending eastwards.The summit bears remnants of an Iron Age hill fort, and the ruins of later military buildings that were once used by lookouts in both the Napoleonic Wars, and in World War II.The famous whale's jawbone collapsed in June 2005 after rotting away, and was removed by helicopter, much to the surprise of North Berwick residents. A jawbone has stood there since 1709, the last one having been there since 1933.On 26 June 2008, a fibreglass replica whale bone, the same size as the one that was removed in 2005, was airlifted into place to give North Berwick Law back its famous landmark. The funding for the replica was donated by an anonymous friend of North Berwick.
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  • No visit to North Berwick would be complete without a hike up the Law. Breathtaking scenery and a fabulous sense of achievement. It's such a beautiful way to see North Berwick and the coast. Make sure...  more »
  • we parked our car at the car park and took the well marked signs directing us up to the sometimes steep path p to the summit, I must admit I nearly gave up a couple of times, after a rest and a look a...  more »
  • Oh no chreach how fantastic is this hill!? This is the bang Arthur Seat of North Berwick. Surrounded by farm land on one side (string manure smell when the wind blows!) and the town of NB and the Firt...  more »
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  • Easy climb with great views. Free parking.
  • Great views and excellent climbing in the quarry at the base.

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