Exhibition: Polishing Pebbles from Scottish Beaches, Leith Lapidary Club

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

Leith Lapidary Club workshop, in the basement of Edinburgh Palette St Margaret's House, will be open to see the equipment used to cut and polish stones and pebbles for collections, or making into jewellery with silver or wire binding. Finished items will be on display and members there to explain the processes. Bring along your […]

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Beach Pebble Event: Scottish Geology of Yorkshire

Beach by Filey Sailing Club Arndale Way, Filey

As part of the Scottish Geology Festival and the Yorkshire Fossil Festival, we are offering people a unique chance to use the Yorkshire coast to explore the geology of Scotland. How? By hunting for pebbles moved to Yorkshire from Scotland by glaciers! In this free event in Filey Bay, Dr Katie Strang, Secretary of the […]

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BBC Radio Scotland Out of Doors Podcast

Online Event

In celebration of the Scottish Geology Festival, Mark Stephen went to the beach with Festival organisers Drs Katie Strang and Angus Miller and talked geology. Podcast available until early October - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09vcdk6

Online talk: Pebble-Spotting with Clive Mitchell, BGS

Online Event

Where can you find evidence of extreme environments from hot arid deserts and continent spanning oceans to even hotter magma deep under the earth and volcanoes spewing lava over vast areas? Not on a beach surely? Well, the answer is yes and comes from a few hours spent collecting pebbles made of rocks like sandstone […]

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Beach Pebble event: Auchmithie, Angus

Auchmithie Beach

Have you ever wanted to know where the pebbles on the beach come from? How did they form? How did they get there? How long ago did all this happen? Come along to find out the geology story behind the ancient history of the Auchmithie beach pebbles! At Auchmithie you can see incredible examples of […]

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Beach Pebble event: Auchmithie, Angus

Auchmithie Beach

Have you ever wanted to know where the pebbles on the beach come from? How did they form? How did they get there? How long ago did all this happen? Come along to find out the geology story behind the ancient history of the Auchmithie beach pebbles! At Auchmithie you can see incredible examples of […]

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Beach Pebble event: North Berwick

Beach next to the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick The Harbour, North Berwick

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 […]

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Beach Pebble event: Spey Bay, Moray

Spey Bay Fochabers

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 […]

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Family fun with Fish and Fossils – Sumburgh, Shetland

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse Sumburgh, Virkie

Drop in at the stunning Sumburgh Head lighthouse to get hands on with activities and crafts. Discover why there are ancient fish in the cliffs and how the rocks South Mainland shaped the lives of it’s ancient inhabitants. Suitable for all ages. Children Under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Mostly wheelchair accessible. […]

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Beach Pebble Event: Uiskentuie Strand, Loch Indaal, Islay

Uiskentuie Strand, Loch Indaal, Islay

Join geologist David Webster on the beach at the west end of Uiskentuie Strand, Loch Indaal, Islay 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 […]

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Beach Pebble event and walk: Tobermory Lighthouse Path, Isle of Mull

Enjoy a geology walk along the path which runs from the edge of Tobermory to the Lighthouse at Rubha nan Gall, approx 2km to the north. Lots of good geology, very conveniently observable beside the path. Easy walking and fantastic views over to Morvern and Ardnamurchan. The walk culminates at the pebble beach just beyond […]

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Pitlessie Beach Pebble Fair, Fife

Wilkie Hall Ladybank Road, Pitlessie, Scotland

Famous for David Wilkies 1804 painting of Pitlessie Fair hanging in the Scottish National Gallery, Pitlessie is not known for its beach pebbles. So, this is a Scottish Geology Festival Beach Pebble event with a difference! On two afternoons the 17th & 18th September, 12 pm to 5pm there is a chance to see beach […]

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Pitlessie Beach Pebble Fair, Fife

Wilkie Hall Ladybank Road, Pitlessie, Scotland

Famous for David Wilkies 1804 painting of Pitlessie Fair hanging in the Scottish National Gallery, Pitlessie is not known for its beach pebbles. So, this is a Scottish Geology Festival Beach Pebble event with a difference! On two afternoons the 17th & 18th September, 12 pm to 5pm there is a chance to see beach […]

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Beach Pebble event: Portobello, Edinburgh

Beach at Kings Road, Portobello Kings Place, Portobello, Edinburgh

* UPDATED LOCATION*  This event will now be held on the beach in front of Kings Road, not to the west. Look for the Beach Pebble event sign and volunteers in blue shirts! Join geologists and volunteers from the Scottish Geology Trust on the beach for some hands-on activities to explore the stories hidden in […]

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Beach Pebble event and walk: Iona

Enjoy a geological walk in on of the most amazing islands off the west coast. The walk culminates at the glorious pebble beach of Columna's Bay, where the variety and colour of the pebbles is stunning. See how many you can find, identify and challenge the guide with! Free, no booking required. Meet at the […]

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Beach Pebble event: Innellan, Argyll

Innellan, Argyll & Bute Shore Road, Innellan

Innellan is 4 miles south of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula. The Highland Boundary Fault, which separates metamorphic slates and schists to the north from Devonian sandstones to the south, passes through Innellan and is exposed on the beach, together with some exotic serpentinites. The Innellan Beach Pebble Day will focus on the rocks and […]

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Beach Pebble event: Stranraer Beach, Dumfries and Galloway

Agnew Park Beach, Stranraer Agnew Park Beach, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway

Experts will help you discover the story behind pebbles you find on the beach. Red sandstones from nearby cliffs laid down 300 million years ago in a desert, stones from Ailsa Craig and and even a mammoth bone transported to the beach by the action of ice and water. Visit the beach and see what […]

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Beach Pebble event: Milldown Beach, near Coldingham, Berwickshire

Milldown Beach, just south of Coldingham Bay, Berwickshire.

Come meet up with geologists and biologists who will help you explore the variety of pebbles, how they were formed and how this links to the types of wildlife that can live in the area. This is a drop in event, so you can turn up at a time that suits you and spend as […]

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Beach Pebble Event: Lunan Bay, Angus

Working with Lunan Bay Community Partnership, the Scottish Geology Trust as part of the Scottish Geology Festival will provide an opportunity to explore some of the local geoheritage. Join us between 11:00am - 4:00pm on the 26th September for this fantastic event! Lunan Bay is well known for its miles of sand, but have you […]

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Beach Pebble event: Dunbar, East Lothian

Beach next to the Swimming Pool, Dunbar Bayswell Road, Dunbar

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 […]

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Beach Pebble event: Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Tollbooth Museum 3 Old Pier, Stonehaven

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 […]

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Beach Pebble event and walk: Mingary, Ardnamurchan

Mingary Pier Kilchoan

Apologies, this event has been cancelled. Starting at the ferry slipway at Mingary, this is a  gentle stroll among a fascinating geological landscape where there is an amazing variety of geological features in the one relatively small area. Find out why Ardnamurchan is such an important geological locality and gain an insight into the processes […]

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Beach Pebble event: Kirkcudbright Beach

The Dhoon beach, Kirkcudbright The Dhoon, Kirkcudbright

Experts will help you discover the story behind pebbles you find on the beach. Sandstones from nearby cliffs laid down 430 million years ago in a deep ocean, granite transported by ice and water to the beach by the action of ice and water and rocks formed in a volcanic vent and exposed on a […]

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Beach Pebble event: Starney Bay, St Abbs, Berwickshire

Starney Bay, the first beach you reach on the coast path between the village of St Abbs and the lighthouse, Berwickshire.

Come meet up with geologists and biologists who will help you explore the variety of pebbles, how they were formed and how this links to the types of wildlife that can live in the area. This is a drop in event, so you can turn up at a time that suits you and spend as […]

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Beach Pebble event: Limekilns, West Fife

Limekilns, KY11

Join geologists and volunteers from the Scottish Geology Trust on the beach between 11:00am – 2:00pm 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 […]

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Beach Pebble event: Ardmair Bay, Wester Ross

Join geologists and volunteers from the North West Highlands Geopark and Scottish Geology Trust on the beach between 10am - 12pm 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 […]

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Beach Pebble event: Lamlash, Isle of Arran

Discover the story behind pebbles you find on the beach and get creative with hands-on beach activities! • Explore the variety of pebbles on Arran’s beaches. • Find out what these pebbles tell us about our island's story. • Learn about beach processes and the impact of climate change on the coast. • Get creative […]

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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 an accessible and informative presentation each […]

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 an accessible and informative presentation each […]

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. […]

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Rhins of Galloway Beach Pebble Event – New England Bay

New England Bay

Discover the story behind the pebbles you find on the beach! Join us on the beach of New England Bay: you’ll be able to meet with experts from the Solway Firth Partnership and Scottish Geology Trust and find out about the pebbles you find on this beautiful beach of South West Scotland, how they formed […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Stonehaven Beach Pebbles

Come along to Stonehaven for this wheelchair-accessible beach pebble event, where geologists will be on hand to help you learn about the exciting stories that beach pebbles can tell us. Can you find evidence of a violent volcanic eruption? What about pebbles that started off as river sediment but were heated up and squashed so […]

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