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Page last updated: 02/11/2011

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Geological Trail

  CRAIGLEITH QUARRY-BUILDING THE CITY

A NEW INFORMATION  BOARD HAS BEEN ERECTED OUTSIDE THE MAIN ENTRANCE INTO SAINSBURY'S GIVING THE NEW LOCATION OF ALL THE HISTORICAL ITEMS. TO HELP FIND THE LOCATIONS THERE IS A YOU ARE HERE MAP.

 

Permission to access the RIGS site at the back of Sainsbury's can be obtained by checking in at Sainsbury's information desk

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THE ABOVE PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS THE START OF THE PATH AT THE NORTH END OF SAINSBURY'S STORE. THE PATHWAY APPROXIMATELLY, 500 YARDS LONG, TAKES YOU TO THE BACK OF THE STORE. There you can examine the remaining upper exposed section of strata, containing remnants of the famous Craigleith Sandstone beds, as well as other rock types such as shale and limestone, as well as remains of fossil trees, fossil shells and glacial polished rocks.

The photographs below show the Eastern face of the Quarry showing massive sandstone at the North end to shale with thin sandstone layers at the Southern end.