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Craigleith

Craigleith Island from North Berwick Harbour
©2013 Gazetteer for Scotland

Craigleith Island from North Berwick Harbour

A small island off the East Lothian coast, Craigleith lies near the mouth of mouth of the Firth of Forth a mile (1.5 km) north of North Berwick harbour. It rises to 24m (80 feet) and was purchased by Sir Hew Dalrymple from North Berwick Town Council in 1814. Once used as a rabbit-warren to provide food, Craigleith is now noted for its seabirds, including cormorants, shag, guillemot and puffins, which can be studied by remotely-controlled cameras at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. Geologically, Craigleith is a laccolith, a dome-shaped igneous intrusion, composed of essexite, a rock popular for the manufacture of curling stones.


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