The Bass Rock from the A198 road near Canty Bay just East of North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland.

The Bass Rock, or simply The Bass, is an island in the outer part of the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland. It is approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) offshore, and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north-east of North Berwick. It is a steep-sided volcanic plug of phonolitic trachyte rock of Carboniferous (Dinantian) age, 107 metres (351 ft) at its highest point, and is home to a large colony of Northern Gannets, (also known as “Solan Goose”), Morus Bassanus. The rock is currently uninhabited, but historically was the site of an important castle, which was, after the Commonwealth, used as a prison. The island was in the ownership of the Lauder family for almost six centuries, and has been privately owned by the Hamilton-Dalrymple family for the last 300 years. A Lighthouse was constructed on the rock in 1902, and the remains of a chapel are located there.

The island plays host to more than 150,000 Gannets and is the largest single rock Gannetry in the world, described famously by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the wildlife wonders of the world”.

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm

Three bracketed RAWs Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.2.


Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, Tom. Perfect composition. x

  • Thank you Agnes …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 2 years ago

    You get better by the Day Thomas
    In a few hours I am on my way to the Airpot / Venice – cruise
    So Tom .. You hold the fort ok ??

  • Lucky you, my turn will come in September, have a great time …

    – Tom Gomez

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    I love that word gannetry :) Great read and shot tom

  • Thank you kindly Mik …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkover 2 years ago

    beautifully captured Tom, composition is just perfect

  • Cheers Chris …

    – Tom Gomez

  • joak
    joakover 2 years ago

    guid stuff tom love the sky well treated

  • Cheers Joak …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 2 years ago

    Once again, fabulous history to go with your fabulous image!

  • Very much appreciated Mel …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sandra Lee Woods
    Sandra Lee Woodsover 2 years ago

    Wow That was one long excellant explanation of this rock. It does certainly stand out.

  • Thank you Sandra, pleased you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 2 years ago

    Nice DOF on this one Tom

  • Cheers Tim …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 2 years ago

    I knew it was a volcanic plug but did they ever find the sink it came out of?
    Crackin capture Tom!

  • Hehe, cheers mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    What a wonderful capture dear Tom.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

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