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

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

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 […]

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CANCELLED – Meet the Scientists at Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

This event has been cancelled.  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 […]

Christopher Horsley: Drawn to Fire – Kirkcaldy

The Old Kirk 40 Kirkwynd, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1EH

Part of the RSGS Inspiring People talks programme. Drawn to Fire by Christopher Horsley. Having explored some of the most active volcanoes in the world, adventurer Christopher Horsley is drawn to the fires that created our planet. Capturing the beauty of these naturally destructive creators has led him closer to the edge of volcanic craters […]

Online Talk: Fossil Insects from Scotland

Fossil insects are rare in Scotland, though those that are found are significant and are from four periods: Specimens from the Lower Devonian Rhynie Chert of Aberdeenshire are the oldest in the world; a few species are known from the Upper Carboniferous Coal Measures of Ayrshire and Fife; as yet undescribed specimens are known from […]

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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 […]

Christopher Horsley: Drawn to Fire – Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh Lecture Theatre A, 40 George Square, Edinburgh

Part of the RSGS Inspiring People talks programme. Drawn to Fire by Christopher Horsley. 21st September 2:15 - 2:45pm.  Having explored some of the most active volcanoes in the world, adventurer Christopher Horsley is drawn to the fires that created our planet. Capturing the beauty of these naturally destructive creators has led him closer to […]

£10

Ice Age Fauna of Scotland and the Loch Ryan Mammoths

Stranraer Millennium Centre Community Trust 75 George Street, Stranraer

Ice Age Fauna of Scotland and the Loch Ryan Mammoths - Discover the wildlife that lived in Scotland during the Ice Ages and find out about the recent mammoth bone finds from Loch Ryan, Stranraer. Andrew Kitchener, principle curator of vertebrates at National Museum of Scotland, presents a talk about creatures that lived in Scotland […]

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Christopher Horsley: Drawn to Fire – Glasgow

The Glasgow Academy The Watson Auditorium , Colebrooke Street, Glasgow

Part of the RSGS Inspiring People talks programme. Drawn to Fire by Christopher Horsley. 21st September 7:30 - 9pm.  Having explored some of the most active volcanoes in the world, adventurer Christopher Horsley is drawn to the fires that created our planet. Capturing the beauty of these naturally destructive creators has led him closer to […]

£10

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Short talk on Agates at Montrose Museum

Montrose Museum

Have you ever asked what an agate actually is and where it came from? Or where and how to find them? Perhaps your just wondering about the myriad colours and the complex banding you often see in the polished specimens at the museum in Montrose? Come along and find out as local Geologist, Robert Scott […]

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Wee World Changers: Time Travellers at the Hunterian Museum

Hunterian Museum Glasgow

Travel through time with rocks and Romans at the Hunterian Museum! Join The Hunterian on Saturday the 24th of September to jump back in time on a journey of discovery, imagination and creativity. Drop in anytime between 10.30pm and 2.30pm. First stop - Antonine Wall Explore our Roman Antonine Wall display through the imagined stories […]

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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 in Edinburgh Palette. Follow signs from the London Road entrance to the club!. Drop in on Saturday between 11am - 5pm, and Sunday between 12pm - 4pm. There will be a wide selection of Scottish rocks and […]

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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

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 in Edinburgh Palette. Follow signs from the London Road entrance to the club! Drop in on Saturday between 11am - 5pm, and Sunday between 12pm - 4pm. There will be a wide selection of Scottish rocks […]

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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 […]

Tour of the National Museums Scotland collection

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

This event has been rescheduled from Monday 19th September.  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 […]

Free

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 […]

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Colin Ballantyne: Scotland’s Mountain Landscapes – Dumfries

Easterbrook Hall The Crichton, Gilchrist Room, Bankhead Road, Dumfries

Part of the RSGS Inspiring People talks programme. Colin Ballantyne - Scotland’s Mountain Landscapes: A Geomorphological Odyssey Scotland’s mountain landscapes are remarkably diverse, encompassing the isolated sandstone summits of the far north-west, the serrated ridges of Skye, the tor-studded granite plateaux of the Cairngorms, and the rolling hills of the Southern Uplands. Born on ancient […]

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

CANCELLED: Online Talk: A Very Scottish First Footing, and the ‘Mystery of the Five Toes’

Due to illness, this online talk has been cancelled. We're sorry for the disappointment caused. Scotland's fossil record seems to come up with exceptional records all the time.  We have the oldest terrestrial ecosystem (Rhynie Chert), possibly the first air-breathing animal on land (Pneumodesmus), the oldest fossil embryos (fossil fish from Orkney), some of the […]

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Colin Ballantyne: Scotland’s Mountain Landscapes – Borders

Scottish Borders Campus Nether Road, Galashiels

Part of the RSGS Inspiring People talks programme. Colin Ballantyne - Scotland’s Mountain Landscapes: A Geomorphological Odyssey Scotland’s mountain landscapes are remarkably diverse, encompassing the isolated sandstone summits of the far north-west, the serrated ridges of Skye, the tor-studded granite plateaux of the Cairngorms, and the rolling hills of the Southern Uplands. Born on ancient […]

£10

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 […]

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 […]

Colin Ballantyne: Scotland’s Mountain Landscapes – Ayr

The Council Chambers Ayr Town Hall, Ayr

Part of the RSGS Inspiring People talks programme. Colin Ballantyne - Scotland’s Mountain Landscapes: A Geomorphological Odyssey Scotland’s mountain landscapes are remarkably diverse, encompassing the isolated sandstone summits of the far north-west, the serrated ridges of Skye, the tor-studded granite plateaux of the Cairngorms, and the rolling hills of the Southern Uplands. Born on ancient […]

£10

Course: Earth Science: An Introduction

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

Geology is a broad subject covering the spectrum of scale, from the whole planet down to a grain of sand and even into the atomic in the ages of rocks and minerals. This course takes us from Earth’s cosmic neighbourhood to the planet’s interior and back up on to its surface via plate tectonics, volcanism, […]

£155

Online Talk: Arran – Scotland in Miniature?

Read any travel blog or guide book about Arran, and you are likely to see the island described as "Scotland in Miniature". Like all good tourist slogans, this quickly becomes rather twee and irritating, but how accurate is it? Dr Bob Gooday takes us through half a billion years of Arran's geological history and its' […]

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Colin Ballantyne: Scotland’s Mountain Landscapes – Helensburgh

Victoria Halls Sinclair Street, Helensburgh

Part of the RSGS Inspiring People talks programme. Colin Ballantyne - Scotland’s Mountain Landscapes: A Geomorphological Odyssey Scotland’s mountain landscapes are remarkably diverse, encompassing the isolated sandstone summits of the far north-west, the serrated ridges of Skye, the tor-studded granite plateaux of the Cairngorms, and the rolling hills of the Southern Uplands. Born on ancient […]

£10

Portobello Book Festival: Speaking to us from the past

Hugh Miller, stonemason, pioneer geologist and fossil-hunter, ground-breaking popular science writer, folklorist, crusading newspaper editor and man of faith, spent the last years of his life in Portobello. In this session Larissa Reid, freelance science writer, poet and member of The Friends of Hugh Miller, and Elsa Panciroli, Highland palaeontologist and author of Beasts Before Us and The […]

Scottish Rocks, Minerals and Fossils at the Scottish Deer Centre

Scottish Deer Centre Bow of Fife, Cupar

As part of this year's Scottish Geology Festival, the Scottish Deer Centre will be holding a rock, mineral and fossil weekend. In conjunction with the Scottish Geology Trust, a wide range of examples of what can be found in Scotland will be displayed, much of it from local sources. Fossils older than dinosaurs, agates from […]

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 […]

Scottish Rocks, Minerals and Fossils at the Scottish Deer Centre

Scottish Deer Centre Bow of Fife, Cupar

As part of this year's Scottish Geology Festival, the Scottish Deer Centre will be holding a rock, mineral and fossil weekend. In conjunction with the Scottish Geology Trust, a wide range of examples of what can be found in Scotland will be displayed, much of it from local sources. Fossils older than dinosaurs, agates from […]

The Shifting Shingle of Kingston

Garmouth and Kingston Community Hub

As part of the Scottish Geology Festival 2022 you are invited to come along to The Hub to find out more about the shifting shingle of Kingston from Geology experts! This is a free drop in event where there will be activities for all ages. This event is organised by the Kingston and Garmouth Community […]

Online Talk: Scotland’s Meteorites

It’s estimated that 6,000 meteorites hit the Earth each year, but only 4 have ever fallen in Scotland. Join Peter Davidson, Senior Curator of Minerals at National Museums Scotland, for an exploration of the stories behind these meteorites, where and how they were found, and how you might recognise a meteorite of your own! Free, […]

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EGS Public Lecture: Scotland’s Fossils

Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Our public lecture will explore the amazing variety of fossils in Scotland, covering hundreds of millions of years of evolution from the corals and sharks of the Carboniferous to the dinosaurs and pterosaurs of Skye. Our expert panel of palaeontologists will guide you through the history of life recorded in Scotland’s sedimentary rocks with time […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Hugh Miller 220

NTS Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage & Museum Church Street, Cromarty, Highland

Join us at Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage this October as we celebrate the life and legacy of Cromarty’s most famous resident on his 220th birthday! Fossil hunter, folklorist, man of faith, stonemason, geologist, editor, writer and social justice campaigner – Hugh Miller was one of the great Scots of the 19th century. His quests and […]

Rosemary Hutton lecture: One hundred thousand years in the life of Earth’s magnetic field

Grant Institute he King’s Buildings, James Hutton Road, Edinburgh

One hundred thousand years in the life of Earth’s magnetic field Cathy Constable, Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego The geological record documenting the existence of Earth’s magnetic field extends several billion years in the past, but it is only for more recent times that it […]

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

Promoting Scotland’s Geology: the First 100 IUGS Geological Heritage Sites

Online Event

The International Union of Geological Sciences has launched a list of the First 100 IUGS Geological Heritage Sites. An IUGS Geological Heritage Site is a key place with geological elements and/or processes of scientific international relevance, used as a reference, and/or with a substantial contribution to the development of geological sciences through history. Two geological […]

The Art of Mapping – Andrew Redmond Barr and the James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Institute Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen

This St Andrew’s Day, the James Hutton Institute will join forces with author and map artist, Andrew Redmond Barr; to explore the historical, cultural, societal and scientific impact of maps. Author of the Atlas of Scotland: A Vision of a Nation; Andrew hand-draws maps to illustrate Scotland’s history as an ancient kingdom of Europe and show […]

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