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Address: The Burg, Scotland
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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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Fascinating finish to a walk

The geology along this stretch of the coast is fascinating so don't just head for the tree. Not a walk for the faint hearted or for those who don't like heights. Aim to arrive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2016
Carol H
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Hexham, United Kingdom
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Hexham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

The geology along this stretch of the coast is fascinating so don't just head for the tree. Not a walk for the faint hearted or for those who don't like heights. Aim to arrive when the tide is low so you can access the beach and spend time admiring the rock formations. It's about 18km in total and you have... More 

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lisbellaw n.ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

We stumbled on this walk after driving up quite a difficult road. At the car park there were maps and leaflets so we headed off on our way. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to do it all, in fact we didn't even get half way, but what we did do we really enjoyed and the scenery and woodlands are... More 

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Colne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Its a very good walk out to the tree about half of it is on a forestry track so very easy. Once you leave the track it get more interesting with some exposure on the cliff tops and a steep little ladder to get down onto the rocks. Keep an eye on the tides as you can get cut off... More 

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Lovely walk along the side of Loch Scridain. Fairly steady up to the Burg, then once through the gate the going gets tougher! Walk Highlands guide is pretty accurate. The tree is pretty impressive, as is scenery along the way. We stopped to admire the views along the way and took our time - took us about 10 hours all... More 

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Templin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I made sure I was well prepared for this: worn in Walking Boots, waterproof clothes, water, apples lots of time and low Tide - if only i had put om some proper socks. On a ten mile walk a Blister within the first 30 minutes clearly is no pleasure - so male sure you go light-, but not underequipped. Apart... More 

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D&G Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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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