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

Geo-Natter at Kelvin Hall

Kelvin Hall

Geo-Natter by the Geological Society of Glasgow 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 your rocks and fossils along to show people, ask questions about geology, find […]

Geology & Geopoetics: a Virtual Conversation

Online Event

Two Emeritus Professors - Patrick Corbett and John Gordon - discuss how geology is fundamental to geopoetics using the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset as a case study. Kenneth White (founder of the International Institute of Geopoetics) has written: “Taking geology as ground-level, (geopoetics) is a new way of being human and of living a […]

Donation

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

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 21st August! 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

Geo-Natter at Kelvin Hall

Kelvin Hall

Geo-Natter by the Geological Society of Glasgow 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 your rocks and fossils along to show people, ask questions about geology, find […]

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 […]

Scottish Geology Festival 2022

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 and legends, and provide endless opportunities for enjoyment and discovery. The Scottish Geology Festival 2022 will tell the stories of Scotland’s […]

Agate Display at Montrose Museum

Montrose Museum

Montrose has long been famous for its agates. With ease of travel and more leisure time today many sites are in danger of being over-collected. However, we are fortunate that there is still scope for anyone to collect agate pebbles from our beaches each year after winter storms have eroded more agates from their nesting […]

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Festival Launch Event: James Hutton, the founder of modern geology

The James Hutton Institute Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen

The James Hutton Institute and the Scottish Geology Trust are proud to host A conversation on James Hutton: the man and his legacy with Alan McKirdy at the James Hutton Institute, Craigiebucker, Aberdeen on 1st September 2022, 1600 – 1830 hours. Chaired by Clare Bond, University of Aberdeen. Given the wide-ranging impact that James Hutton’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Free

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 […]

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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 […]

Online Talk: The Elgin Reptiles

The Triassic was a critical time for the evolution of life on Earth. This period witnessed the first appearance of some of the most successful animals that ever lived, including lizards, dinosaurs, turtles and crocodilians, the descendants of which are still important components of today’s terrestrial ecosystems. Well-preserved fossils of the most primitive members of […]

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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

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 […]

Online Talk: Minerals and Gems of the Cairngorms

Join mineralogist Roy Starkey as he reviews the fascinating history of “Cairngorm stones”. The Cairngorms are the most extensive area of high mountain terrain in Britain. The area has given its name to gem quality smoky quartz but has also produced spectacular specimens of beryl and topaz. In Victorian times, hunting for crystals was both […]

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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. […]

Online Talk – Stories of Scotland: Folklore Forged in Stone

Online Event

In this online talk, the makers of hit podcast, Stories of Scotland, explore their favourite geologic legends and what they tell us about Highland & Island culture. They'll examine how the natural environment and the geology inspires folklore and mythology. Why do fairies choose hills as homes? What makes a giant seize a rock as […]

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

Bearsden Shark – Doors Open Day Exhibition

New Kilpatrick Parish Church, Bearsden

Head along to the New Kilpatrick Parish Church in Bearsden to see a fascinating exhibition about the discovery of the 330-million-year-old Bearsden Shark in the Manse Burn exactly 40 years ago! There will also be children's art inspired by the find. There will be a Shark Treasure Hunt (with prizes for all young participants) which […]

Free

Beach Pebbles at Lunan Bay

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

POSTPONED: Violent Volcanoes and Fabulous Fossils with the Shetland Geological Society

Peerie Foxes Nursery (Old Salvation Army Building, Lerwick)

This event has been postponed. More information on the rescheduled date to be confirmed. As part of this year's Scottish Geology Festival join the Shetland Geological Society for a drop-in event about all things Violent Volcanoes and Fabulous Fossils! The session will run between 2pm - 4:30pm at the Peerie Foxes Nursery, 45 North Rd, […]

Free

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

Online Talk: Scotland’s Agates

Join Emily Brown, Assistant Curator of Earth Systems at National Museums Scotland on a journey though agate formation and agate collecting in Scotland, through the lens of the world famous Scottish agate collection at National Museums Scotland. Agates have fascinated people for thousands of years and have particular cultural relevance for Scotland through their use […]

Free

Picking up the Pieces – Shetland’s Geological Jigsaw

UHI Scalloway Campus

Picking up the Pieces - Shetland's Geological Jigsaw - A talk by Allen Fraser.  Venue address - UHI Scalloway Campus, Port Arthur, Scalloway, Shetland ZE1 0UN U16s must be accompanied by an adult.     An event in the Scottish Geology Festival 2022, organised by the Scottish Geology Trust. Please support us: Discover - Support […]

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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 […]

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.

Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club at Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Display of Scottish agates - lapidary work - Scottish rocks and minerals Children - hands on stone polishing, see minerals / sands under the microscope This event is free with admission to Dynamic Earth. An event in the Scottish Geology Festival 2022, organised by the Scottish Geology Trust. Please support us: Discover - Support - […]

Free

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

William Smith Lecture at the Yorkshire Fossil Festival

Scarborough Spa

The Yorkshire Fossil Festival is back again from the 16th–18th September 2022, in Scarborough, UK! Join Scottish Geology Trust Trustee and Festival Director Dr Katie Strang for the William Smith lecture on the Saturday! The talk titled "Jaws & Jobbies: Palaeokatie's Guide to Ancient Life in the Age of Coal" will look at the incredible […]

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

Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club at Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Display of Scottish agates - lapidary work - Scottish rocks and minerals Children - hands on stone polishing, see minerals / sands under the microscope This event is free with admission to Dynamic Earth. An event in the Scottish Geology Festival 2022, organised by the Scottish Geology Trust. Please support us: Discover - Support - […]

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

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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