Exhibition: Mr. Miller’s Fascinating Fossils at Hugh Miller’s Birthplace, Cromarty

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

Follow in the footsteps of the great 19th century fossil explorer Hugh Miller. Join us at his museum in Cromarty for a drop-in session with hands-on fun. There will be handling fossils, fascinating stories and a spot of creative craft. A family event for the young (5+ years) and the young at heart (no upper […]

Free

Virtual tour of the Earth Systems collection at National Museums Scotland

Online Event

Join Emily Brown, Assistant Curator of Earth Systems at National Museums Scotland, as she takes you behind the scenes at the Museum and explores some highlights of Scotland’s national rock and mineral collections. This hour long online talk will premier a new collection tour video (which will later be available through the Scottish Geology Trust’s […]

Free

Exhibition: Mr. Miller’s Fascinating Fossils at Hugh Miller’s Birthplace, Cromarty

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

Follow in the footsteps of the great 19th century fossil explorer Hugh Miller. Join us at his museum in Cromarty for a drop-in session with hands-on fun. There will be handling fossils, fascinating stories and a spot of creative craft. A family event for the young (5+ years) and the young at heart (no upper […]

Free

Guided Walk: Ancient Volcanoes and Elie “Rubies”

Ruby Bay Elie, Fife

Walk the remains of ancient volcanoes and find Elie ‘Rubies' with Professor Adrian Finch of the University of St Andrews. Imagine paddling in balmy tropical seawater lapping on the shore. Inland are dense forests with volcanoes. Eruptions shake the Earth with such force that they rip up bits of the Earth’s mantle. This is Fife, […]

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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

Beach Pebble event: Stranraer Beach, Dumfries and Galloway

Agnew Park Beach, Stranraer Agnew Park Beach, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway

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 […]

Free

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

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 […]

Free

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

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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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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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

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: 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

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 […]

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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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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 […]

Free

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

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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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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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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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

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. […]

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