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Address: The Burg, Scotland
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Description: The standing fossil of a 12metre (40 foot) high conifer tree, engulfed in...
The standing fossil of a 12metre (40 foot) high conifer tree, engulfed in molten lava, was discovered in 1819 by Scotland’s pioneering geological cartographer, John MacCulloch. As the surrounding basalt cooled, distinctive columnar patterns were formed. Further north on the peninsula are some 200-million-year-old Jurassic rocks – unique in Scotland.
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Lovely coastal walk

Beautiful coastal walk to the 60 million year old fossil tree. Check tides before going to ensure you can get right to ur as if tide in you can't access - go in a receding tide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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D&G Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Beautiful coastal walk to the 60 million year old fossil tree. Check tides before going to ensure you can get right to ur as if tide in you can't access - go in a receding tide. You won't be disappointed. Walkhighlands website gives an excellent overview of the walk so worth printing off.

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Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

It is a bit of a scramble over the rocks towards the end. You have to time it with the tides and the ladder down the cliff (with a dog) was an adventure. You'd never do it with a big dog. The rock formations are just incredible

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

We were blessed with blue skies for most of this walk apart from a sudden downpour at the very start. We stuck it out and were so glad we did - the views throughout are stunning. Though we didn't quite make it to the iron ladder and fossil tree, we did make it across the second waterfall and beyond to... More 

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It took us a lot more time than expected (good we were ignorant of this). Well, I have to explain: until the Dun Bhuirg is a walk of about 2 hrs. And there is a lot to see: old bothy, old settlements, great views on the loch. From the Dun to the Tree: at least 1 1/2 hr. The path... More 

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This walk is well worth it but do make sure you are going to arrive at the fossil tree at low tide as it's a fair way around the headland. The walk to get to it is long - allow three hours for the outward trip - but there's lots of interest along the way including 'coffin cairns', a Dun... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The walk to the fossil tree is very hard, don't under estimate it! It's ten miles over increasingly rough terrain, take lots of water and suncream. This walk took us eight hours and we hadn't packed enough water, so drank from the crystal clear waterfalls along the way. Suffered no side-affects from this. Beautiful scenery- which in itself is worth... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This can take between 6 and 7 hours and is very tough going. We never actually reached the tree, the ladder towards the end is a little precarious and was not accessible for us with the dogs. The history of the penninsula is intriguing, find the book "Tea with Chrissie" and this will explain a lot more. Had great views... More 

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Blockley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This walk involved many high cliffs, narrow paths & slippery surfaces. However when you get to the tree (3 hours roughly walking time) you can relax or shelter in the cave beside it. Overall a hard but rewarding trip, not for young children or people who aren't confident with heights!

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

The car park isn't easy to find but just keep going up the road until you find it, if you don't pass through two gates you haven't gone far enough. We were staying across the Loch from here and could see Burgh from our window. We didn't set out to do the full walk, we just wanted a reasonable walk... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Be prepared for a long walk and steep rocky slopes. This is a walk not to be missed, allow 5 hours for a steady walk

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Address: Address: The Burg, Scotland
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  The Hebrides  >  Isle of Mull

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