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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  • Although it was windy it was beautiful! Worth the hike for the view if you get it on a nice day! There are benches on the way up so a rest is possible, although it’s not too far up of a hike.  more »
  • A reasonable walk to the top from car park. I'm 74 and did not find it difficult. The ponies are friendly and the views from the top are breathtaking.  more »
  • North Berwick came as a very pleasant surprise! The previous day we had visited Berwick-Upon-Tweed. We had been really anticipating a nice experience, but sadly B-on-Tweed is quite a sad town. Quite r...  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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