One of the World’s most important geological locations!
In 1961, Siccar Point attained Site of Special Scientific Interest Status, based the location’s influence on James Hutton’s 1788 Unconformity theory. At Siccar Point, nearly vertical sedimentary rocks of Silurian age – greywacke sandstones and mudstones – are covered uncomfortably by a younger sequence of red sandstone and breccia. This showed that Planet Earth is much older than was taught in the Bible. A casting of the Siccar Point unconformity is housed in the American Museum of Natural History.
Unfortunately, Siccar Point is not on the tourist trail so take care when visiting. It’s is a short walk from the nearest road and is signposted on the Berwickshire Coastal Path. Why do not take a charter boat to view it from sea?
If you are happy for a bit of a walk and are looking to travel on public transport, take the 253 bus which runs between Edinburgh and Berwick and get off at the Cockburnspath stop. The whole walk would be about 12km in total.
If you need any advice on visiting or would like to book a guided tour with Geowalks, Geologist Angus Miller, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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