Join geologists and volunteers from the Scottish Geology Trust on the beach for some hands-on activities to explore the stories hidden in every pebble. We’ll discover an amazing variety of pebbles, find out where they come from and what they tell us about Scotland’s geology. We’ll also find out why the beach looks the way it does, and how it might change in the next few decades with climate change.
Geologists will be on hand to give starting guidance and help decipher the stories behind the pebbles. Ideas for pebble games and challenges will also be provided by roving geologists.
Spey Bay’s pebbles are brought to the coast not just from the River Spey but from all around the Moray and Banffshire coasts by longshore drift currents, and by ice movement during the ice ages. This creates a wonderful mix of all rock types, and even some crystals. Look out for garnet and quartz crystals as well as fool’s gold and lead ore!
All welcome! This is a drop-in event, no need to book, but get in touch with the organiser if you have any questions. In the event of bad weather, the event may be cancelled or postponed – please check with the organiser on the day.
The event will take place near the Whale and Dolphin Centre, look out for our gazebo just below the ice-houses. The Whale and Dolphin Centre have offered use of their toilets, and, of course, their excellent cafe. The extensive shingle banks have easy access from the west end of the carpark.
Children very welcome, but must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Stay safe: take care on the beach, watch your step and come prepared for the weather. Help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Follow Scottish Government advice and keep a safe distance from anyone who is not in your household.
This event is part of a series of Beach Pebble events around Scotland during the Scottish Geology Festival – find out more here.