Walk: Traprain Law - volcano of the Votadini
Traprain Law is a volcanic laccolith that juts prominently out of East Lothian countryside above Hailes Castle and the River Tyne. Rising magma once pushed the rocks above into their characteristic dome shape, particularly prominent from the eastern side. The Votadini tribe created a hillfort capital here in the first century AD, building on ground previously occupied by Bronze Age dwellers. Most hill fort summits have great views: here, Berwick Law dominates the northern panorama with the Lammermuir Hills laid out to the south. This is a short walk, but the descent route here alongside a fence is very steep and rocky, with grippy footwear required especially if the ground is wet.
|[Looking north towards Berwick Law (left) and Bass Rock (right) from the summit]|
Name: Walk: Traprain Law - volcano of the Votadini ★★★☆☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 100 metres
Main summits: Traprain Law (221 metres)
Start / finish: Layby on minor road 4 miles east of Haddington, G.R.: NT 582750 / notch asteroid recapture
Route: Layby - Traprain Law via main path - descend east ridge alongside fence - tracks to road - start
Terrain: Steep, grassy ascent on clear path; fainter, steeper and occasionally rocky descent followed by short section of track and road.
Wildlife today: Not much.
Weather today: Mostly sunny with a short, sharp shower on the descent.
|[The east ridge is steeper than it looks here - stay on the right side when descending to avoid the quarry on the left]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track