Guided Walk: Beneath Ben Nevis; stories in the shadows

Ben Nevis North Face Car Park, Torlundy

A guided walk exploring the geology and landscape stories of Ben Nevis. For many people it is all about standing on the top of the UK’s tallest mountain however, if you want to get a true feel for its character then there is no better place to be than beneath the imposing north face. The […]

£50

Online talk: Virtual Fieldtrip to the Isle of Skye – Learnings for the Atlantic Margin

The EAGE Local Chapter Aberdeen invites you to an Evening Lecture Webinar on 22nd September 2021 18:30 - 19:30 UK time. Speakers: Nick Schofield, John Howell, Jess Pugsley – Aberdeen University We will be undertaking a shortened version of a 2-day virtual fieldtrip to the Isle of Skye which was originally run for the Atlantic […]

Online Talk: Hydrocarbon to Geothermal Well Conversion Insights

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Geothermal energy currently plays a small role in meeting the world's energy demand, and commercial production has been mainly focused on high-temperature, often volcanic formations that limit development to certain regions of the globe. Conventional geothermal resources require drilling of challenging high-temperature wells that can be expensive and risky. For over a decade, research and […]

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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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Online Talk – Dino-colour extravaganza: New Visions of a Lost World

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Twenty-five years ago, the first feathered dinosaur was reported, Sinosauropteryx. There has been a revolution in dinosaur palaeobiology since then, driven by thousands of amazing specimens from China plus new analytical methods. In 2010, we were among the first to develop a new analytical method to identify the colour of feathers, including the feathers of […]

Online Talk: The Changing Outer Hebrides: how geology shapes landscapes and people

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Geology is fundamental to our sense of place. The underlying rocks determine a wide range of aspects of the landscape, from physical shape, to drainage and agriculture, and even elements of human heritage. The geological landscape is constantly changing, shaping both the natural environment and the social history of each location. In his prize-winning book, […]

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Guided Walk: Fossil Hunting at Pittenweem

West Braes West Braes, Pittenweem

The rocks surrounding Pittenweem represent a time around 330 million years ago when the temperatures were tropical, seas were rich with marine life, and land had the first dense forests with enormous trees. Come for a walk along the shore between Pittenweem and Pathhead at low tide with geologist Dr Catherine Rose and hunt for […]

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Field Trip: Fossil Hunting at Seafield, Kirkcaldy

Seafield Beach Seafield Shore, Seafield Road, Kirkcaldy

Come and hunt for fossils at Seafield shore with Dr. Katie Strang and GeoBus! The rocks at Seafield are around 330 million years old, deposited at a time when Scotland lay close to the equator and experienced a hot and humid climate. Come along and chat to geologists to find out all about the ancient […]

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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

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 […]

FREE

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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Guided Walk: Kildonan Geology & Wildlife Walk with Arran Ranger Service

Kildonan Village Hall Kildonan

Explore a dramatic period in Arran’s past, discover evidence of prehistoric beasts, and spot modern day wildlife A joint event with Arran Ranger Service. There will be an Arran Geopark guide and a National Trust for Scotland ranger leading this walk. Walk length: 6 km / 4 miles Approx. duration: 4 hours Terrain: road, track, […]

£20.00

Online Course: Geology of Scotland – session 4

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The Grampian Terrane has basement rocks about 1800 million years old (Badenoch group and Rhinns Complex) buried under the Proterozoic rocks of the Dalradian supergroup on the mainland and its equivalent rocks in the Inner Hebrides (Colonsay). These were deposited as sediments around 900-500 million years ago, resulting from erosion of various sources across Laurentia […]

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Online Talk: Beasts Before Us, with Elsa Panciroli

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It’s said we live in the ‘age of mammals’, but in her exciting new book, Beasts Before Us, Dr Elsa Panciroli reveals that this is not strictly true. The real origin story of our furry, milk-giving lineage is longer and more extraordinary than anyone ever thought. In this event Dr Panciroli will talk about her […]

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Short Course: Landscape & Geology of Edinburgh – Beginner

What makes Edinburgh special? Through a series of short walks in and around the city centre, we will explore how has the city’s landscape been created, and how the geology and landscape of Edinburgh has influenced the development of the city. We will explore Edinburgh's geological past, and discover how the landscape has slowly evolved […]

Online talk: An introduction to the Rhynie chert, the hidden gem of Scottish geology

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The Rhynie chert is the earliest fossilised terrestrial ecosystem preserving a diversity of Early Devonian plants, animal, fungi and microbes. Frozen in time for 407 million years it ranks as one of the most important fossils sites in the world and is named after the village it was discovered near, Rhynie, in Aberdeenshire. The aim […]

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Excursion: Glen Roy; a geological mystery

Glen Roy road end, by Brae Roy Lodge Glen Roy, Highland

A guided walk exploring the remote northern end of Glen Roy, Lochaber. Famed for its ‘Parallel Roads’ a geological phenomenon which attracts visitors from all over the world it is a beautiful, rugged glen where both nature and people have left their mark. We will discover the mystery and controversy behind the Parallel Roads story […]

£50

Guided Walk: Glen Sannox and Blue Rocks, Arran

Glen Cottage Sannox Beach Car Park, Sannox, Arran

Venture into the glacial landscape of Glen Sannox, learn about Arran's industrial heritage, and find evidence of sea-level change. Walk length: 4 km / 3 miles Approx. duration: 3 hours Terrain: road, surfaced path and uneven rocky shoreline; rocks may be very slippery. Waterproofs are essential; please wear grippy shoes or walking boots; and don’t […]

£10.00

Online talk: Columnar Basalt

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Columnar Basalt lava is a remarkable natural phenomenon and is found in many places throughout Mull and the other islands nearby. This talk, lavishly illustrated with the speaker's own photos of these rocks will showcase the best places to see it, explain how it is formed and what it tells us about the ancient landscape […]

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Book Launch of Earth Lines: Geopoetry and Geopoetics

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Join Patrick Corbett and other contributors online to celebrate the launch of Earth Lines: Geopoetry and Geopoetics published by the Edinburgh Geological Society. This is a book that explores the stratigraphy of the poetry in rocks and stones. “A pleasure to hold, a delight to behold.” Kenneth White, Founder of the International Institute of Geopoetics. […]

Guided Walk: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh – The Coolest Walk on Earth

Holyrood Park Queen's Drive, Edinburgh

First 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. Spaces limited. […]

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A Cruise to Lamberton Skerrs

RNLI Eyemouth Lifeboat Station Eyemouth Harbour, Eyemouth

PLEASE NOTE: Due to forecast weather conditions this cruise has been postponed, we hope to be able to reschedule it for a future date (updated 3pm 1/10/21) Travel back in time on this 3-hour cruise along the Berwickshire Coast from Eyemouth, past Burnmouth Caves to Lamberton Skerrs and back. There will be a geological and […]

£45

Online Course: Geology of Scotland – session 5

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The Midland Valley Terrane is underlain by basement rocks of about 480 million years that contain relicts of oceanic crust, magmatic intrusions and the volcanic arc that collided with the Laurentian margin during the first phase of the Caledonian orogeny. This basement was eroded and covered around 460-430 million years ago by a local succession […]

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The Great Scottish Fossil Showdown

Join three teams of palaeontologists as they battle it out in the first ever Scottish Fossil Showdown! Team Palaeozoic, Team Mesozoic and Team Cenozoic will each argue for the best fossils from their time period. Can they convince you their favourite fossil is the best of all time? It will be up to you to […]

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Public Lecture: Climate change in Edinburgh: Past, Present, Future

Dynamic Earth Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Our in-person public lecture will explore geological aspects of climate change in the past, present and future. The panel of guest speakers will consider what the sedimentary rocks of this area tell us about climate in the geological past and evidence from Scotland’s coasts of changes in the last millennia and decades. We’ll look to […]

£5

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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Online Talk: Thin section preparation of geological materials with Logitech

Logitech have developed a step-by-step process for the perfect preparation of geological thin sections for petrographic analysis. Join our Process Development Engineer, John McCrossan with over 33 years' experience of working with thin sections, and see our step-by-step process from slabbing and trimming of field specimen, impregnation, right through to final stage polishing. Benefit from […]

Online talk: The Stone Poet – reading poetry and in discussion

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Alyson Hallett writes about stones and rocks and for the past twenty years she has curated an international poetry and public art project, The Migration Habits of Stones. She has previously talked about her work at The Geological Society of London and presented her ideas in an essay on Radio 3 and an audio-diary on […]

Online Talk: The Beach Today – Pairing stone and sea, with Christina Riley

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About the talk: The Beach Today began as a daily project formed during the first months of lockdown; a series of photographs of marine objects collected in Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland, each display collected during strictly-half-hour beach walks. In November 2020 and on the (personal) discovery of a local pebble beach, Christina […]

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Guided Walk: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh – Hot Rocks

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 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). Route contains rough tracks, uneven and […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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Online Course: Geology of Scotland – session 6

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The Southern Uplands Terrane has rocks as old as 480 million years that represent a portion of an ancient ocean floor and its sedimentary cover. This sequence of rocks was buried under huge volumes of turbidites – sedimentary rocks of terrestrial origin deposited in the deep marine environment around 460-420 million years ago – belonging […]

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Online Talk: Building Stones of Inverness

The Rock Stop The Rock Stop, Unapool

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. The event will be held on Zoom. Booking required: https://www.nwhgeopark.com/event/talk-building-stones-of-inverness An event in the Scottish Geology Festival, organised by the Scottish Geology […]

£5.00

Sky Arts: Landmark

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Broadcaster, DJ and author Gemma Cairney will delve into the purpose and power of public art as she joins Sky Arts on a mission to create the UK’s next major landmark. She’ll be joined along the way by two expert judges – curator Clare Lilley and visual artist Hetain Patel – as well as six […]

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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Online Talk: Carbon Capture and Storage

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Carbon Capture and Storage is one of an array of tools available to enable the decarbonisation of modern life, the task which has in recent years crystalised as the defining challenge of the current time. Bodies such as the IEA, CCC and IPCC underline the technology as a vital part of the solution space if […]

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Online Event: Looking to 2050 – how will climate change affect Scotland?

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What will Scotland look like in 2050? By then, after decades of anthropogenic climate change, there will be obvious effects of increased sea level and coastal erosion, and probably more rainfall and flooding, and rising groundwater. Meeting the Scottish Government target to reduce Scotland's emissions of all greenhouse gases to net-zero by 2045 (at the […]

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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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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

Online Talk: International Energy Agency – The Role of critical minerals in the energy transition

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Online talk by Rebecca Schulz International Energy Agency on the energy transition. Minerals are essential components in many of today’s rapidly growing clean energy technologies – from wind turbines and electricity networks to electric vehicles. Demand for these minerals will grow quickly as clean energy transitions gather pace. An energy system powered by clean energy […]

The Lyell Notebooks and Correspondence: Reception at the Playfair Library

Playfair Library Hall Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh

This event is part of the Geologist's Association Annual Conference, being held in Edinburgh 15-17 October 2021. The reception at the Playfair Library of the University of Edinburgh is open to all, and gives an opportunity to view the Lyell notebooks and correspondence followed by a wine and canape reception. Sir Charles Lyell (1797 - […]

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 […]

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Festival Finale

Online Event

Join Angus Miller, Katie Strang and other Festival volunteers to celebrate the Scottish Geology Festival 2021. With well over 100 events over the last 6 weeks, on beaches, in museums, on Zoom and YouTube, we hope this has been a Festival for everyone. Share your favourite pebbles and what you've enjoyed about this year's Festival. […]