Online Course: Geology of Scotland – session 5

Online Event

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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Edinburgh Geological Society – Winter Lecture Programme

Online Event

The Edinburgh Geological Society programme of illustrated lectures runs from October to Easter, on Wednesday evenings. These meetings are open to the public, there is no charge, and visitors are most welcome. After last winter’s successful lecture programme, delivered online to larger-than-usual audiences, the programme will continue online until we can meet again at the […]

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

Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, 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

Online Event

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

Online Event

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 […]

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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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Online Course: Geology of Scotland – session 6

Online Event

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, Sutherland

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

Online Event

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

Online Event

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?

Online Event

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

Online Event

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 - […]

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 […]

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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. […]

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

Fossil Finders’ Drop-in Event at the Elgin Museum

Elgin Museum 1, High Street, Elgin, Moray

This drop-in event on Saturday the 23rd October, 11am-3pm, gives you a unique opportunity to share your potential fossil finds with visiting expert palaeontologists. Have your finds positively identified and, if you wish, donate them to our fossil handling box. If you require more information about this event please email EMfossilfinders@gmail.com This free event has […]

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Curious Minds: Dr Nick Gardiner “A potted history of Plate Tectonics.”

The Perthshire Society of Natural Science and Culture Perth & Kinross presents the Curious Minds lecture series. A potted history of Plate Tectonics We are all familiar with the concept of Plate Tectonics but, as late as the 1960s, it was still resisted by many Geologists. Nick Gardiner will discuss the history of the idea, […]

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 […]

Quinag: the Evolution of a Mountain

Online Event

Join Tim Lawson on an exploration of the geological structure and evolutionary timeline of Quinag mountain in Assynt. The Y-shaped ridge of Quinag mountain has been hewn from the local bedrock by many erosional processes over millions of years. Tim will explore this evolution with particular attention to the effects of various phases of glaciation. […]

Zoom Talk – The Torridonian and Moine: detritus from the largest mountain belt on Earth

Online Event

The Torridonian sandstones and the metamorphosed Moine rocks of the Northern Highlands represent a fragment of a vast deposit of Precambrian sandstone. Traditionally, they have been treated separately, but recent detrital zircon dating has shown that parts of the Moine are in fact the same as the Torridon sandstone. Somewhat puzzling, the source of these […]

Fabulous Fossil Weekend at Dynamic Earth with the Geological Society of Glasgow and SGT!

Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Enjoy a whole weekend of great activities with Dynamic Earth’s special guests from Fossil Grove Trust, the Scottish Geology Trust and the Geological Society of Glasgow. Meet the fossil experts Gary Hoare (GSG & FGT) and Dr Katie Strang (FGT & SGT Secretary and Trustee!) to get hands on with an amazing display of fossils, […]

Fabulous Fossil February at Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Join Dynamic Earth this half term for a trip back in time with a Fabulous Fossil February event! Become a palaeontologist and dig up some ancient dino bones, get up close to real marine fossils with their resident fossil expert, craft your own clay fossils to take home, and explore dinosaurs in augmented reality, plus […]

Fabulous Fossil Weekend at Dynamic Earth with the Geological Society of Glasgow and SGT!

Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Enjoy a whole weekend of great activities with Dynamic Earth’s special guests from Fossil Grove Trust, the Scottish Geology Trust and the Geological Society of Glasgow. Meet the fossil experts Gary Hoare (GSG & FGT) and Dr Katie Strang (FGT & SGT Secretary and Trustee!) to get hands on with an amazing display of fossils, […]

Geowalk: Bathgate Hills, West Lothian

Stroll along the length of the hills from Bathgate to Linlithgow for a surprisingly rich mix of geology: lava flows, a geological wall, limestone packed with fossils, a touch of archaeology and a hint of silver! £15 per person. Book here - https://www.geowalks.co.uk/guided-walks/

£15

How Glacial Erosion Works – Zoom talk with Adrian Hall

North West Highlands Geopark March Zoom Talk: "How Glacial Erosion Works" A talk by Adrian Hall on the mechanism of glacial erosion with new evidence obtained from the Loch Eriboll area. Loch Eriboll is an amazing landscape fashioned by Ice Age glaciers. On Cranstackie, the ice was cold and slow-moving, and only weakly erosive, incapable […]

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University of Glasgow Workshop: Geological Violence

Molema Building Molema Building, University of Glasgow, Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland

Geological Violence Blasting, cracking, terraforming, baking: this workshop seeks to probe new vocabularies in the geography of the geological sciences. Since the geological turn, geographers have been interested in the relationship between geology, science, and violence. It is now well understood that the geological sciences contributed to European colonialism, empire, and the fossil fuel revolution. […]

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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

Member’s Seminars: UNESCO International Geodiversity Day: A New Opportunity for Public and Policy Engagement

Online Event

Speaker: Dr Jack Matthews, Geodiversity Day organiser and Geoheritage Officer for Charnwood Forest Geopark. In November last year, UNESCO declared that International Geodiversity Day would be celebrated on October 6th each year. This talk will explain what geodiversity is; tell the story of how the International Day was created; and explore some of the way we […]

Open Day at Fossil Grove

Fossil Grove, Glasgow Victoria Park, Glasgow

Head along to an Open Day at Fossil Grove between 12-4pm on Sunday the 17th of April! 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. 

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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 […]

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Geoweek Launch Event: Making geology relevant to everyone

Online Event

All welcome, join us for a Keynote Presentation from Olivia Adu from the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, followed by panel discussion with Lesley Dunlop (Chair, GeoConservationUK), Jessica T Smith (Vice-President, the Geological Society) and Peter Kennett (Earth Science Teachers’ Association). This Launch Event for GeoWeek2022 is dedicated to Prof Chris King (1949-2022), […]

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GeoWeek 2022

GeoWeek is a new initiative that seeks to introduce geoscience to as many members of the public as possible. If you want to learn more about the history of our planet, and learn how understanding how the Earth works helps us all live on the planet sustainably, get involved with GeoWeek outdoor activities taking place […]

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 […]

Geowalk: 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 […]

£15

Member’s Seminars: Protecting Scotland’s SSSI Geoheritage

Online Event

Speaker: Dr Rachel Wignall, NatureScot No one interested in geology or geomorphology likes to see a geosite damaged or deteriorating in condition. Can you help keep an eye Scotland’s geosites and assist in directing preventative and remedial actions where they are needed? NatureScot runs a condition monitoring programme for Earth science features in Sites of […]

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

North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark Highland Controversy Geotour

The Highlands Controversy unfolded during the mid to late 19th century when the early geologists began to study the rocks of the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. Initial surveys carried out by the official Geological Survey led by Roderick Murchison and Archibald Geikie began to be questioned by ‘amateur’ geologists who had discovered a number inconsistencies […]

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 19th June! 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