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North Berwick Law, North Berwick

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North Berwick Law, also known simply as 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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  • The walk took about an hour. Steep in parts, but worth it for the views from the top. The 6 year old flew up and down very quickly. the over 40's found it a bit more taxing. Wouldn't recommend it in w...  read more »
  • We really enjoyed this great walk which is relatively easy but you do need to wear good walking shoes/boots. The views from the top were spectacular and the wild horses that we sat and watched for qui...  read more »
  • Situated in the beautiful East Lothian town of North Berwick, the Law is a conical hill overlooking the town and stunning beaches. With views to the world famous Bass Rock. The whale bones atop the hi...  read more »
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