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 in the Museum courtyard to give starting guidance and help decipher the stories behind the pebbles. The museum also has a fine display of typical pebbles. Ideas for pebble games and challenges will also be provided by roving geologists, on the beach.
Stonehaven’s pebbles are a wonderful mix of all rock types, due mostly to the great variety in local geology, in particular the nearby Highland Boundary Fault. This fault brings together lowland sedimentary rocks and highland crystalline rocks, with a sprinkling of volcanic rocks. Look out for unusual green pebbles, semi-precious red jasper and, rarely, fossil remains.
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 Tolbooth Museum on the north side of Stonehaven harbour, so look out for our SGT banner and gazebo in the museum courtyard. The closest pebble beach is about 150 metres north along the the newly renovated coastal boardwalk, with easy access from the west end of the carpark, behind the museum. Free public toilets are adjacent to the museum.
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.