Berwick Law

Hill East Lothian Borders

Berwick Law

Hill In East Lothian, Borders

A huge conical hill in North Berwick jutting out of the ground with spectacular views over East Lothian.

From pretty much everywhere in East Lothian, you can look up and see this fabulous conical shaped hill towering over the town of North Berwick. This is the North Berwick Law, or Berwick Law or simply The Law.

Standing at 187m it was formed over 350m years ago when molten lava erupted and then cooled and is known as a crag and tail. Glaciers then scraped it during the ice ages giving its form you see today.

Climbing to the top of The Law is relatively easy and there is a dedicated car park right at the bottom with a 1km trail leading you to the top. Check out our Berwick Law walk for more details.

On top of the hill is a trig point and also a whale's jaw bone which has been there since 1709. It's not the original as that was replaced three times until it was finally removed in 2005 due to safety concerns. The jaw bone was such as iconic feature of the hill that a fibreglass replica was airlifted in during 2008.

You can still see old military buildings up here which would have been ideally placed for lookout stations during World War II and the Napoleonic Wars. There is also fragments of an old Iron Age hillfort here too.

Views from the top are spectacular and you see Bass Rock and also Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh in the distance.

Only 1km to to the top and there are clear trails to follow.

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Where Is Berwick Law

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56.048903, -2.714248
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There is a dedicated car park for The Law at the bottom of the hill.

Simon Hawkins

Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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