We thank John Hudson for his welcome comments on the nature and extent of the now-eroded Mesozoic sedimentary cover across parts of the present-day Scottish landmass that is indicated by the apatite fission-track analysis (AFTA) results presented by Holford et al. (2010). As Hudson points out, low-temperature thermochronological techniques, including AFTA, can provide unique insights into the post-Palaeozoic geological evolution of basement terranes that lack significant Phanerozoic cover (as witnessed by studies including Green et al. 2000, 2001; Belton et al. 2004; Weber et al. 2005). As we demonstrated (Holford et al. 2010),...

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