Arthur’s Seat Volcano Trail

Holyrood Park Queen's Drive, Edinburgh

An opportunity to discover Edinburgh’s volcano during a walk in Holyrood Park! Learn about the 340 million year history of Arthur’s Seat, from tropical lagoons to volcanic eruptions and shaping by glaciers, as well as how climate change may change this landscape in the future. At this drop-in event, SGT geologists will interpret the landscape […]

Free

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 […]

Free

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 […]

Free

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 […]

Free

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 […]

Free

Guided Walk: Building Stones of Inverness

Join Andy Moffat for an exploration of the building stones of Inverness. From granite to larvikite and from Caithness to Rajasthan, Andy will guide attendants through the geology of the city's decorative stones. A follow-up event to the lecture held on 11th October, this guided walk will bring the stones talked about to life. Booking […]

£5.00

Geologists’ Association conference 2021 in Edinburgh

Surgeons Quarters, Edinburgh Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

The Geologists' Association annual conference comes to Edinburgh from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 October 2021, in partnership with the Edinburgh Geological Society. On Friday afternoon there will be a guided tour of the geology section at the National Museum of Scotland, and in the early evening a reception at the Playfair Library with a […]

Tours of the Fossil Grove, Glasgow

Fossil Grove, Glasgow Victoria Park, Glasgow

Geological tours of the Fossil Grove and the Quarry Knowe in Victoria Park, Glasgow. Eleven trees in their growth positions dating back 330 million years ago when this part of Scotland was at the equator. The earth's climate was different then too and the tours will explore links between past and present climates. Free, no […]

Free

Hutton’s Coast – the journey to Siccar Point

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 […]

£14

COP26 – Edinburgh Deep Time Walk

Join a 4.6km Deep Time Walk to travel across Earth's 4.6 billion year timeline at a rate of one million years per metre. Starting at the formation of the solar system and the creation of Earth, Deep Time Walk covers significant events in Earth's deep history, including the formation of the Moon, plate tectonics, the […]

North West Highlands Geopark Field Excursion: The Torridonian of Static Point

The Torridonian of Static Point With North West Highlands Geopark Geologist Pete Harrison   This one day field trip will investigate the nature of the contact between the Stoer group and the overlying Torridon Group and then locate and investigate the Stac Fada meteorite ejecta within the Stoer Group. Opportunity will also be taken to […]

£9.00

Explore Beach Pebbles at the Edinburgh Science Festival 20-23 April

Every beach pebble has got a story to tell, about how the original rock was formed and what’s happened to it since then, to turn it into the pebble you can pick up on a beach today. Join geologists from the Edinburgh Geological Society on a local beach for some hands-on activities to explore the […]

Free

North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark Geotour

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 home of the oldest rocks in Europe, the first identified thrust fault, the oldest and biggest meteorite impact ejecta and […]

North West Highlands Geopark Field Excursion: Exploration of the Ullapool Thrust

Exploration of the Ullapool Thrust With North West Highlands Geopark Geologist Pete Harrison and Alan Thompson from the Highland Geological Society   The Ullapool thrust is a minor thrust below the Moine thrust.  It and the associated rocks have been mapped in detail and are well exposed in an area about 3km NNE of Ullapool […]

£9.00

Geology & Landscape of Arran – walking holiday

Have you ever cast your eyes upwards and wondered why that mountain is the shape it is? Or been puzzled by that particular lump of rock that sticks out so far? Maybe you’ve admired the pebbles along the shore, and wondered what they’re made of. If so, we might be able to help! The Lochranza […]

Groovy Geology at Hopetoun

Hopetoun House Houptoun House, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, Scotland

Enjoy your Bank Holiday at Hopetoun with a Ranger-led stroll along the foreshore exploring part of the best of West Lothian’s geological resource. We might even spot some local wildlife as we go! Not suitable for children under 8. Exact times subject may change with the tidal forecast. This walk will cover approx. 3 miles […]

£6.00

National Trust Geological Walk from Pettico Wick to St Abb’s Head lighthouse

Join Alison and Barry Tymon for a short walk of less than 1 km between Pettico Wick and St Abb’s Head lighthouse to look at the rocks and coastal landscapes of the north end of St Abb’s Head, which include folded greywackes, volcanic lavas and a major tectonic fault. A leaflet about the geology of […]

Free

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 […]

Guided Walk: Mingary Pier area of Ardnamurchan with Mull Geology

Ardnamurchan

Explore the Geology of the Mingary Pier area of Ardnamurchan to see igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks covering a billion years of Earth history. Beautifully exposed and very clear - a lot to see in a small area and all of it is very accessible. A great introduction to the geology of Ardnamurchan, In a […]

£15 – £20

Geowalks: 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! […]

Guided Walk: Tobermory Lighthouse Path (Evening) with Mull Geology

Tobermory Lighthouse Path

Explore the Geology along the path that leads to Rubha nan Gall lighthouse with James Westland of Mull Geology. Lots of interesting volcanic features, all very accessible! A good introduction to understanding the igneous geology of Mull and how the landscape was formed. No previous knowledge required! The walk will start at 18:30, meeting at […]

£6 – £12

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 […]

Guided Walk: St Abb’s Head

Please meet at Pettico Wick (30-45 minute walk from the car park) before 11.00, wear suitable shoes and bring refreshments. Limited car parking spaces - for disabled users only. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Join Alison and Barry Tymon for a short walk of less than 1km from Pettico Wick to […]

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 an accessible and informative presentation each […]

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

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. […]

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

Dead Creative! A day of stones, stories and sketching in Dunfermline Abbey Churchyard

Dunfermline Abbey Churchyard Dunfermline Abbey Churchyards, St Catherine's Wynd entrance, Dunfermline

As part of this Year's Outwith Festival and Scottish Geology Festival join Tombstones and Tales @ Dunfermline Abbey Churchyards for a range of activities including some Graveyard Geology! Graveyards rock and a chip off the old block - Join geologist Dr Katie Strang and apprentice stonemason Harry Maxwell between 10:30am - 3:30pm for an interactive […]

Guided Walk: The Geology Highlights of St Andrews

St Andrews West Sands Car Park, St Andrews, Fife

Join the GeoBus team to explore local rock and fossil highlights on the St Andrews coast. The first few stops on our walk will be within the town, followed by a wander along the Fife Coastal Path to visit the Rock and Spindle, a Geological SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), noting features on our […]

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 […]

POSTPONED: Arthur’s Seat Volcano Trail

Holyrood Park Queen's Drive, Edinburgh

This event has been postponed. More information will be posted here when a new date is arranged. We thank you for your understanding and patience. 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 […]

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

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 […]

Free

Geology by the Roadside – A day tour of Shetland Mainland

Mainland Shetland

Join the Shetland Geological Society for a geological trip around Shetland Mainland. Transport is provided, booking essential. Contact 07921316251 to book.  U16s must be accompanied by an adult. The excursion involves short walks (c50m), with no steps or stiles.

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

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

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

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

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

Guided walk: Dundee’s Lost Promenade with Tayside Geodiversity

Dundee

In the 18th and early 19th centuries,  guide books described the walk from Dundee City centre west along the Tay as one of the most scenic in Scotland. There were wonderful views across the Firth and hidden beauty spots along the way. However today there is little sign that this path existed. Find out what […]

Free

Geowalks: 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

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

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 […]

Holyrood Park: Hot Rocks

Holyrood Park Queen's Drive, Edinburgh

First in a series of two walks. Join an expert geologist and a Ranger on a longer guided walk to discover the fascinating geological history of Holyrood Park. Discover fossilised lagoons, walk on lava and find out more about Edinburgh’s own James Hutton (the father of modern geology). Stay safe: This event includes a strenuous […]

Guided Walk: The ancient Carboniferous environments of Limekilns, West Fife

Limekilns

Join Scottish Geology Trust Trustee Dr Katie Strang for a guided walk along the coast near Limekilns village in West Fife! The Carboniferous sediments exposed on the shore east of the village of Limekilns were deposited around 330 million years ago when Scotland lay much closer to the equator and experienced a hot and humid […]

Free

Holyrood Park: The Coolest Walk on Earth

Holyrood Park Queen's Drive, Edinburgh

Second in a series of two walks. Join an expert geologist and a Ranger on a 3 hour guided walk to discover how the landscape of Holyrood Park has been shaped and sculpted by ice through the ages. Explore areas of the park to learn how to identify distinctive land features left by glaciers. Stay […]

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 […]

Free