The four volcanic islands that lie on the doorstep of North Berwick

Bass Rock

Craigleith Island

Lamb Island

Fidra Island

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The Bass Rock is a massive crag rising out of the sea to a height of 350 feet and it is about a mile in circumference. Through the Rock, from the East to West, runs a natural tunnel, but this is not accessible except at low tide.

Almost every available inch is occupied by razorbills, guillemots, cormorants, puffins, eider ducks and various gull species. But the bird of the Bass is the Gannet or "Solan Goose" with a breeding colony of 50,000 pairs, making the Bass a mecca for international ornithologists.

It is thus only fitting that this superb sea bird's latin name "Sula Bassana" should be derived from the word Bass.

Craigleith is an almost circular island & is home to Cormorants, Shags, Eider Ducks, Razor Bills

& a great number of Herring Gulls. During the breeding season a pair of Peregrine Falcons nest on the cliff edge.

The smallest of the four islands the Lamb is still important as a home to many seals,  seabirds & visiting waders.

Fidra is a beautiful island which was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped.

Fidra light was the first in the Northern Lighthouse Service to be fully automatic in 1970. This light produced 460,000 candlepower which, even today, can be seen for over 16 miles.

In 1971 the keepers were withdrawn from the island .