Open Day at Fossil Grove, Glasgow

Fossil Grove, Glasgow Victoria Park, Glasgow

Head along to an Open Day at Fossil Grove between 12-4pm on Sunday 21st August! You'll have the opportunity to see the awesome 330 million year old fossilised forest and learn all about the incredible geoheritage of the area.  The open days are organised and run by volunteers of the Fossil Grove Trust. 

Free

Geo-Natter at Kelvin Hall

Kelvin Hall

Geo-Natter by the Geological Society of Glasgow is held every second Wednesday from 1:30 - 3pm at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. These informal meets are the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded rock enthusiasts and chat all things geological and palaeontological! You can bring your rocks and fossils along to show people, ask questions about geology, find […]

Arran Walking Holiday

Here at the Lochranza Outdoor Education & Activity Centre we have recently started offering walking holidays, opening up our facilities for an all-inclusive week of guided walks around the island. Now anybody who fancies learning a little bit more about Arran's fascinating geology, wildlife and landscapes - whilst getting the full benefit of spectacular island […]

Scottish Geology Festival 2022

Scotland’s iconic landscapes and rugged coastlines have been shaped by the elements over countless millennia. The rocks beneath our feet hold the secrets of our planet’s past. They are our foundation, influencing our culture and legends, and provide endless opportunities for enjoyment and discovery. The Scottish Geology Festival 2022 will tell the stories of Scotland’s […]

Festival Launch Event: James Hutton, the founder of modern geology

The James Hutton Institute Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen

The James Hutton Institute and the Scottish Geology Trust are proud to host A conversation on James Hutton: the man and his legacy with Alan McKirdy at the James Hutton Institute, Craigiebucker, Aberdeen on 1st September 2022, 1600 – 1830 hours. Chaired by Clare Bond, University of Aberdeen. Given the wide-ranging impact that James Hutton’s […]

Hutton’s Coast – the journey to Siccar Point

Siccar Point Siccar Point Car Park at the entrance to Old Cambus Quarry, Cockburnspath

It is Scotland’s most important geological site, but Siccar Point is tucked away on the rugged coastline of the Scottish Borders, a hidden gem with beautiful coastal scenery and a rich geological story. We’ll get to the point by following James Hutton’s journey along the Berwickshire Coast from Cockburnspath, gradually travelling back in time through […]

£15

Guided Tour at Knockan Crag, North West Highlands Geopark

Knockan Crag is situated 13 miles north of Ullapool. It is home to an open air visitor centre and interpretative trail about the area’s geological history. Here you can visit the rock formation known as the Moine Thrust and learn how the landscape was formed while enjoying breathtaking views of the Coigach and Assynt hills! […]

Beach Pebbles of Auchmithie and HAAR Heritage Weekend

Auchmithie Beach

The Auchmithie HAAR Heritage Weekend has added the wonderful local geology to its programme! At Auchmithie you can see incredible examples of sandstone conglomerate cliffs formed by a giant Mississippi sized river that once flowed over vast parts of the land over 370 million years ago. There will be two accessible and informative presentations each […]

Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club – Open Saturday

Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club Quality Yard, 20 Maritime Lane off Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh

Lapidary is the art and craft of cutting, shaping and polishing rough stones or minerals and turning them into beautiful creations that can be used as jewellery or ornaments. Founded in 1958, in the oldest Club of its type in Britain, our aim is to 'encourage an interest in natural minerals and the craftsmanship related […]

Free

Urban Geology in Victoria, London: Scottish Connections

Join geologist Ruth Siddall of University College London for a guided walk exploring many interesting stones used in London's buildings. The walk will take in the wide range of stones used in the area around Victoria Station, including the Scottish Granites, which are typical of London’s pub geology, as well as the stones used in St […]

Beach Pebbles of Auchmithie and HAAR Heritage Weekend

Auchmithie Beach

The Auchmithie HAAR Heritage Weekend has added the wonderful local geology to its programme! At Auchmithie you can see incredible examples of sandstone conglomerate cliffs formed by a giant Mississippi sized river that once flowed over vast parts of the land over 370 million years ago. There will be two accessible and informative presentations each […]

The Elgin Reptiles

The sandstone quarries around Elgin have been turning up fossils since 1844. Scales, footprints, tail drags, skulls and body fossils have all been found and are collectively known as the "Elgin Reptiles". Though reptilian fossils dominate these rock beds, the area has been vital to improving our understanding of early mammals and other groups. Join […]

Free

North West Highlands Geopark Field Excursion: Kinlochbervie

Relationships Within and Between the Lewisian Gneiss and Torridonian Sandstone of the Kinlochbervie Area With North West Highlands Geopark Geologist Pete Harrison and Geopark Director Murdo MacPherson The day will consist of a walk along the coast between Oldshoremore and Sheigra, examining the wide variety of structures within the Lewisian Gneiss of the area north […]

£9.00

Geo-Natter at Kelvin Hall

Kelvin Hall

What better way to celebrate the Scottish Geology Festival 2022 than Geo-Natter?! Organised by the Geological Society of Glasgow, Geo-Natter is held every second Wednesday from 1:30 - 3pm at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. These informal meets are the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded rock enthusiasts and chat all things geological and palaeontological! You can bring […]

Online talk: Minerals and Gems of the Cairngorms

Join mineralogist Roy Starkey as he reviews the fascinating history of “Cairngorm stones”. The Cairngorms are the most extensive area of high mountain terrain in Britain. The area has given its name to gem quality smoky quartz but has also produced spectacular specimens of beryl and topaz. In Victorian times, hunting for crystals was both […]

Free

Guided Walk: Knockan Crag with Professor Rob Butler

Knockan Crag NNR Thirteen miles north of Ullapool, off the A835, Elphin

Join Rob Butler, Professor of Tectonics from the University of Aberdeen, for a short tour of Knockan Crag, visiting the Moine Thrust. Follow in the footsteps of pioneering geologists and the debates that finally led to tectonic understanding – ideas that were taken around the world to help in understanding how mountain ranges are formed. […]

Online Talk – Stories of Scotland: Folklore Forged in Stone

Online Event

In this online talk, the makers of hit podcast, Stories of Scotland, explore their favourite geologic legends and what they tell us about Highland & Island culture. They'll examine how the natural environment and the geology inspires folklore and mythology. Why do fairies choose hills as homes? What makes a giant seize a rock as […]

Innellan Beach Pebble Day

Innellan, Argyll & Bute Shore Road, Innellan

Innellan is a village on the Cowal Peninsula, adjacent to the Firth of Clyde. Its geology is notable because the Highland Boundary Fault is exposed on the beach, including a section of the Highland Border Group. A narrow wedge of serpentinite, believed to be a remnant of oceanic crust, is preserved within the fault zone. […]

Free

Beach Pebbles at Lunan Bay

Lunan Bay Farm Shop And Cafe Lunan Home Farm

Lunan Bay is well known for its miles of sand, but have you ever wondered what lies beneath? The river Lunan over millions of years has cut a path through the bedrock, forming a valley, and exiting into the sea at the centre of the bay. At either end of the beach are a mixture […]

Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club – Open Saturday

Scottish Mineral & Lapidary Club Quality Yard, 20 Maritime Lane off Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh

Lapidary is the art and craft of cutting, shaping and polishing rough stones or minerals and turning them into beautiful creations that can be used as jewellery or ornaments. Founded in 1958, in the oldest Club of its type in Britain, our aim is to 'encourage an interest in natural minerals and the craftsmanship related […]

Free

Beach Pebbles at Lunan Bay and fluorescent minerals display

Lunan Bay Farm Shop And Cafe Lunan Home Farm

Lunan Bay is well known for its miles of sand, but have you ever wondered what lies beneath? The river Lunan over millions of years has cut a path through the bedrock, forming a valley, and exiting into the sea at the centre of the bay. At either end of the beach are a mixture […]

Arthur’s Seat Volcano Trail

Holyrood Park Queen's Drive, Edinburgh

An opportunity to discover Edinburgh’s volcano during your walk in Holyrood Park!  Learn about the 340 million year history of Arthur’s Seat, from tropical lagoons to volcanic eruptions and glacial erosion. At this drop-in event, SGT geologists will interpret the landscape and explain the geology which creates this unique feature in the heart of the […]

Geology & Wildlife Cruise to Siccar Point

RNLI Eyemouth Lifeboat Station Eyemouth Harbour, Eyemouth

Travel back in time on this 3-hour cruise along the Berwickshire Coast from Eyemouth, past St Abb's Head, to Siccar Point and back. There will be a geological and a wildlife guide on board to tell you all about the geology, wildlife and local history that we encounter on the journey. Eyemouth’s floating pontoons and […]

£50.00

Online talk: Scotland’s Agates

Join Emily Brown, Assistant Curator of Earth Systems at National Museums Scotland on a journey though agate formation and agate collecting in Scotland, through the lens of the world famous Scottish agate collection at National Museums Scotland. Agates have fascinated people for thousands of years and have particular cultural relevance for Scotland through their use […]

Free

North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark Geotour

Travel the length of the Geopark visiting the areas of geological significance in the company of  local geologist Pete Harrison Expert tuition by Geopark staff will help you to interpret the geology of this wild and remote highland landscape. The area has the lowest population density in Europe and exhibits unique geodiversity and biodiversity. As […]

£275.00

Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club at Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Display of Scottish agates - lapidary work - Scottish rocks and minerals Children - hands on stone polishing, see minerals / sands under the microscope This event is free with admission to Dynamic Earth. An event in the Scottish Geology Festival 2022, organised by the Scottish Geology Trust. Please support us: Discover - Support - […]

Free

Guided field trip of the Hopeman Sandstone Formation, with the OUGS

Purpose of excursion: to examine features and trace fossils of the late Permian Hopeman Sandstone Formation. This trip is in collaboration with the Open University Geological Society (OUGS) and tickets must be booked in advance. To book your place and for a more detailed itinerary including meeting point head to eventbrite.  The trip will look […]

Free

Every Pebble Tells a Story @ St Cyrus NNR

St Cyrus National Nature Reserve Old Lifeboat Station, Neither Warburton, Montrose

Every Pebble tells a story and for Scotland’s Year of Stories come and hear the pebbles talk. Join Aberdeenshire Council Rangers, Scottish Geology Trust Volunteers and NatureScot on our pebble ramble on the beach at St Cyrus National Nature Reserve. Find a favourite pebble or two. What will they tell us about Scotland’s past? A […]

Free

William Smith Lecture at the Yorkshire Fossil Festival

Scarborough Spa

The Yorkshire Fossil Festival is back again from the 16th–18th September 2022, in Scarborough, UK! Join Scottish Geology Trust Trustee and Festival Director Dr Katie Strang for the William Smith lecture on the Saturday! The talk titled "Jaws & Jobbies: Palaeokatie's Guide to Ancient Life in the Age of Coal" will look at the incredible […]

Show and tell drop in session with Scottish Geology Trust @ St Cyrus NNR

St Cyrus National Nature Reserve Old Lifeboat Station, Neither Warburton, Montrose

A celebration of everything rocky and pebbly at St Cyrus NNR and beyond, as part of the Scottish Geology Trust's Festival: ‘Scotland’s iconic landscapes and rugged coastlines have been shaped by the elements over countless millennia. The rocks beneath our feet hold the secrets of our planet’s past. They are our foundation, influencing our culture […]

Free

Rocks in Roslin Glen: a record of a swampy past

Roslin Glen Country Park Roslin Glen Country Park car park

Midlothian was once a tropical swamp – and the evidence is in the rocks. A walk in Roslin Glen with Mark Wilkinson, a geologist from the University of Edinburgh will reveal all. Suitable for adults and older children, the walk will cover a couple of kilometres, walking on good paths. Meet at the main car […]

Free

Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club at Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Display of Scottish agates - lapidary work - Scottish rocks and minerals Children - hands on stone polishing, see minerals / sands under the microscope This event is free with admission to Dynamic Earth. An event in the Scottish Geology Festival 2022, organised by the Scottish Geology Trust. Please support us: Discover - Support - […]

Free

Doors Open Day at Fossil Grove, Glasgow

Fossil Grove, Glasgow Victoria Park, Glasgow

Fossil Grove in Victoria Park, Glasgow houses a unique collection of fossil trees, formed 330 million years ago. Marvel at this piece of ancient history in the beautiful surroundings of Victoria Park. A guided tour will take you through of the interior of the Fossil Grove building to view the 330 million year old trees. […]

Free

Show and tell drop in session with Scottish Geology Trust @ St Cyrus NNR

St Cyrus National Nature Reserve Old Lifeboat Station, Neither Warburton, Montrose

A celebration of everything rocky and pebbly at St Cyrus NNR and beyond, as part of the Scottish Geology Trust's Festival: ‘Scotland’s iconic landscapes and rugged coastlines have been shaped by the elements over countless millennia. The rocks beneath our feet hold the secrets of our planet’s past. They are our foundation, influencing our culture […]

Free

Geology & Wildlife Cruise to Lamberton Skerrs & Marshall Meadows

RNLI Eyemouth Lifeboat Station Eyemouth Harbour, Eyemouth

Travel back in time on this 3-hour cruise along the Berwickshire Coast from Eyemouth, past Burnmouth Caves to Lamberton Skerrs & Marshall Meadows and back. There will be a geological and a wildlife guide on board to tell you all about the geology, wildlife and local history that we encounter on the journey. Eyemouth’s floating […]

£50.00

Boat trip from Arbroath Harbour to Elephant Rock

Arbroath Harbour

Join geologists for a boat trip up the Angus Coast, from Arbroath to Elephant Rock and back! You'll see some spectacular views of the Devonian Old Red Sandstone and find out about the geological processes that lead to its formation. Tickets are £25 per person. Spaces limited so booking is essential. To book please contact […]

Meet the Scientists at Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Scotland's marine heritage spans hundreds of millions of years and evidence of these ancient oceans can be found in some of our rocks! Back in the Carboniferous Period, Scotland lay close to the equator and experienced a hot and humid climate, with times of sea level rise that covered parts of the land in shallow […]

Tour of the National Museums Scotland collection

National Museums Collection Center National Museums Collection Centre, 242 West Granton Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Join the curators of Earth Systems at National Museums Scotland for a behind the scenes tour of the rock, mineral, meteorite and gemstone collections stored at the National Museums Collection Center. See fantastic mineral specimens from some of Scotland’s famous localities, examples of classic Scottish rock types, Scotland’s largest meteorite, and other fantastic specimens collected […]

Free

Online talk: Scotland – made by volcanoes

Online Event

Volcanic activity in the past has shaped Scotland as we see it today. There is no other geological process that is as important in contributing to Scotland's amazing mix of geology, creating most of our highest hills and shaping the landscape in profound ways. Volcanic rock is the basis for Scotland's best scenery, providing building […]

Tour of the National Museums Scotland collection

National Museums Collection Center National Museums Collection Centre, 242 West Granton Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Join the curators of Earth Systems at National Museums Scotland for a behind the scenes tour of the rock, mineral, meteorite and gemstone collections stored at the National Museums Collection Center. See fantastic mineral specimens from some of Scotland’s famous localities, examples of classic Scottish rock types, Scotland’s largest meteorite, and other fantastic specimens collected […]

Free

Online Talk: Discovering the Moine Thrust – an illustrated lecture

Online Event

Discovering the Moine Thrust – an illustrated lecture by Professor Rob Butler, University of Aberdeen  The Moine Thrust is an ancient fault zone that runs down NW Scotland – one of the most famous tectonic structures in the World. It has been recognised by UNESCO in their top one hundred global geosites – for its […]

Free

Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club – Doors Open Day

Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club Quality Yard, 20 Maritime Lane off Constitution Street, Leith

Since it started in 1958, The Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club has revived and fostered one of Scotland’s traditional crafts. That is the craft of The lapidary. The club is a workshop and meeting place such as was once an integral part of life in the Edinburgh streets and closes throughout the 19th and early […]

Collecting, cutting and polishing rocks and fossils, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Palette 151, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE, Edinburgh, East Lothian

Leith Lapidary Club, supported by Edinburgh Palette and the Scottish Geology Trust, will be running a two day event beside the London Road entrance to the Edinburgh Palette, with further displays in the car parks and covered outdoor event facilities. Drop in on Saturday between 11am - 5pm, and Sunday between 12am - 4pm. There […]

Free

Dunbar to Barn’s Ness, East Lothian

This gentle walk along the East Lothian coast explores contrasting sedimentary rocks including limestone that is stacked with fossils and contains rich evidence of the conditions of equatorial Scotland around 330 million years ago. The walk starts in a volcano, and after we've seen the volcanic rocks which help create Dunbar’s harbour, we will walk […]

£15

Collecting, cutting and polishing rocks and fossils, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Palette 151, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE, Edinburgh, East Lothian

Leith Lapidary Club, supported by Edinburgh Palette and the Scottish Geology Trust, will be running a two day event beside the London Road entrance to the Edinburgh Palette, with further displays in the car parks and covered outdoor event facilities. Drop in on Saturday between 11am - 5pm, and Sunday between 12am - 4pm. There […]

Free

St Duthac Book Festival talk – “Hutton’s Arse”

Royal Hotel, Tain Pop-Up Bookshop

Peter Harrison took up the challenge of revising and updating an original text produced in 2005 by Dr Malcolm Rider. Just the blink of a geological eye. Peter has lived for 40 years in the northwest Highlands working as a teacher and geoscience educator. He now leads geotours for the North West Highlands UNESCO Global […]

Online Talk: Gold occurrences and history of gold exploration in Scotland by Dr Taija Torvela

Online Event

This online talk by Dr Taija Torvela takes you on a 200-year journey on gold exploration in Scotland. Gold occurrences in Scotland are widespread and have been well known for centuries. Most gold was found in stream sediments but some gold and silver were also extracted as by-products from mining of other ores, particularly lead. The […]

Free

Course: Geology of the Lothians

Center for Open Learning Centre for Open Learning, The University of Edinburgh, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, Scotland

The rocks around Edinburgh tell a story of changing conditions over the last 500 million years. We will explore the volcanic activity that has created igneous rock and discover how different environments in the past have created a range of sedimentary rocks, many of which have been used by people. Tuesdays from 27th September 2022 […]

£155

Course: The Seven Hills of Edinburgh

Edinburgh's landscape is dominated by the Seven Hills, each with a hard core of igneous rock that has been altered and eroded over millions of years by natural forces and more recently by human activity. We will visit each of the hills to explore what they tell us about the past, and how they contribute […]

£139

Geo-Natter at Kelvin Hall

Kelvin Hall

What better way to celebrate the Scottish Geology Festival 2022 than Geo-Natter?! Organised by the Geological Society of Glasgow, Geo-Natter is held every second Wednesday from 1:30 - 3pm at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. These informal meets are the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded rock enthusiasts and chat all things geological and palaeontological! You can bring […]

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