August 24th to September 1st, 2024

Group walks 2023

Themed Geology

Volcanoes on the Beach

East Bay, North Berwick

Date : Sunday August 27th​

Time : 3pm

Meet : Scottish Seabird Centre

With : Edinburgh Geological Society

A short, easy walk visiting ancient lava flows, beds of volcanic ash and an explosive volcanic vent – all long extinct!
This is a leisurely walk along North Berwick’s East Bay with stops to look at rock exposures – what they are and how they got there.

We will see ancient lava flows, beds of volcanic ash, some sandstone and limestone, and an explosive volcanic vent (don’t worry, they’re all long extinct!)

The walk is flat (on the beach), 3km / 2 miles in total, to the far end of the beach and back.

You can also arrange to have a vehicle meet you at the far end to save walking back, or walk back on the pavement, which is slightly quicker.


Meet in front of the Scottish Seabird Centre at 3pm.

The walk will end at 5pm.

What to bring

Come prepared for any weather. Wear sturdy, waterproof walking shoes or boots (not wellingtons). Some of the beach can be slippy, so non-slip soles are essential. Walking poles can be useful.


To book your place, email walk leader David Graham on

Numbers may be limited because of the locations we’ll be looking at.

David is a Fellow and Council member of Edinburgh Geological Society and the society’s assistant secretary for excursion bookings. He has led many walks for the University of the 3rd Age (U3A) – for more details of their events programme, visit

How the Law might look as an active volcano!

Examining the beach for geological clues