Hollow Rock, Cove, Berwickshire.
Hollow Rock, a natural isolated and tidal stack of
well-weathered sandstone can be found to the east of Cove
Harbour in Berwickshire, not far from Dunbar. The feature takes
its name from the natural hole or cave that stretches all the
way through the rock. Hollow Rock can only be reached at low
tide. A boat is required at other times, although you can always
swim if so inclined. Tide times should be consulted before
trying to reach this location.
Cove Harbour is located beside the village of Cove, just off the
A1 south west of Dunbar. A minor road leads from the roundabout on
the A1 to the village. From the parking area, follow the cliff-top
path west, past Cove Harbour below, until you reach a small
bay and are opposite 086 Long
Rock. Then it's just a tricky scramble down
the grassy cliff - take care as it can be very slippery when wet.
There is ample parking at Cove village.
No folklore that I'm aware off but I would not be surprised
to find that some form of ritual may be associated with Hollow
Rock. There are numerous instances where holed standing stones
and the like have some form of ritual, so perhaps Hollow Rock
did at one time as well.
While Hollow Rock cannot be categorised in the same manner as
most of the other sites in Ancient Stones, I felt it
sufficiently interesting for inclusion.