Bass Rock

North Berwick

East Lothian

NGR - NT 602673


The Bass Rock is a rocky islet located in the Firth of Forth, north of North Berwick. Access is by boat, and boat trips can be arranged in North Berwick.

Bass Rock


The castle on the Bass Rock was used as a prison during the time of the Covenant. The rock was sold to the government in 1671 by Sir Andrew Ramsay, Provost of Edinburgh, for £4,000. It was then converted into a state prison for Covenanters. Between 1672 and 1687, 39 Covenanters were imprisoned here.

The list includes:

Rev Sir John Blackadder

James Fraser of Brea

Alexander Gordon of Earlstoun

Rev Peter Kid

James Mitchell

Rev Alexander Peden