With an incredible past, the Bass Rock has played a key role throughout the history of Scotland. A religious retreat during the early years of Christianity. A fortress and prison in the age of the Covenanters and Jacobites. A strategic stronghold during the times of the Scottish and English wars. Notably it has been owned by the Hamilton-Dalrymple family for the last 300 years.
Visible from road or sea this iconic landmark on the outer edge of the Firth of Forth is simply breath-taking as it gleams in the summer sun.
Approaching the rock, you realise the dazzling white covering this Rock is not guano but a hub of life, as over 150,000 gannets occupy virtually every suitable nesting site.
The airspace is alive as they soar overhead; some just swirling in extending columns using the thermals, others with offerings of seaweed or plastic, even netting hanging from their bill for their continuous nest building. Your senses are bombarded with the sights, the sound, and the very distinctive ‘eau de gannet'. Shags, Guillemot, Razorbill, Kittiwake and the occasional Puffin also share the niches and cliffs during breeding time.
340 Million years old
Rises 120m above sea level
Largest North Atlantic Gannet colony
Ancient volcanic formation