East Lothian Council

Countryside Sites

North Berwick Law

Sandy Beach

How to get there

By train
Scot rail .The Edinburgh - North Berwick train stops every hour at North Berwickn and more frequently on Saturdays. From there it is a 20 minute walk to the site.

By bicycle / car
Take the B1347 heading S out of North Berwick. The road climbs steeply, past the sports centre and then shortly afterwards you'll see a turning off sign posted North Berwick law.

Parking Charges 

Parking charges may apply.

By bus
Don Prentice buses operate bus service number 128 between Haddington and North Berwick, which goes past the site and you can ask to be dropped off.

Facilities

Description

A steep conical hill - a volcanic plug - rising to 187m, 613ft. The summit area contains relics of old look out posts from the C18 as well as WW2. A replica whale's jawbone tops the summit; replacing sets of jawbones that have been located here for over 250 years. Superb views from the summit of the outer Forth estuary. A waymarked path leads up to and back from the top of the Law.

Natural History 

North Berwick Law is a geological marvel, known as a crag and tail. It was formed initially some 350 million years ago, when molten lava erupted here and then cooled, leaving an upstanding gooey mess. Many millions of years later, this, now incredibly hard rock, was sculpted by the forces of the last ice age, to give it the shape we now have today.

The grasslands of the hill are home to plants that prefer well-drained soils of varying alkalinity and acidity. There are some species in particular to look for, such as purple milk-vetch and wild thyme. The bare rock is itself a vital habitat for mosses and lichens and the  Law has a species that is found in only a few locations in the country.

To ensure the grassland mix is kept at the right levels to promote wild flowers, a group of Exmoor ponies are 'employed' to graze the site. As such, if you have a dog and are visiting, please ensure you keep your pet under close control, ideally on a lead.

John Muir House Haddington EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01620827459

The wild plants of North Berwick Law. A one mile walk up East Lothian’s iconic hill.

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.