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MacCulloch's Fossil Tree

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Archeological history without digging!

We saw the tree from the water on a boat trip on the Dutch sailing vessel Birthe Marie. Our Skipper... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
John M
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United Kingdom
brilliant walk

We set off on a hot clear day thinking it wouldn't take us that long! eventhough people had said in... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
JULIE M
,
Skipton, United Kingdom
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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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The Burg, Scotland
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

We saw the tree from the water on a boat trip on the Dutch sailing vessel Birthe Marie. Our Skipper Mark gave us a geological tour of the different rock formations as part of our day trip. He is very knowledgeable, patient and kind.

Thank John M
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We set off on a hot clear day thinking it wouldn't take us that long! eventhough people had said in our cottage visitors book "not for the faint hearted" we looked at the NTS leaflet saying five miles each way and thought we would do...More

1  Thank JULIE M
Reviewed 26 June 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...More

2  Thank Carol H
Reviewed 18 April 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...More

2  Thank Ashley A
Reviewed 29 March 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...More

1  Thank monumentchaser
Reviewed 9 September 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...More

2  Thank Sheila B
Reviewed 1 August 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...More

4  Thank MichaelaBentzin
Reviewed 23 June 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...More

2  Thank DKSS
Reviewed 21 June 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...More

Thank Lossit
Reviewed 16 April 2015

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...More

1  Thank Marie B
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