Scottish Geology Festival 1 September to 9 October 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 and this year, the Scottish Geology Festival will host numerous events unlocking these stories. Running from the 1st of September to the 9th October, the Scottish Geology Trust and partners will deliver another packed programme of activities across the country, showcasing and celebrating Scotland’s incredible geology.

Dr Katie Strang, Director of the Scottish Geology Festival, said: “We are excited to be back for the third year of the Scottish Geology Festival. During Scotland’s Year of Stories, the Festival is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to explore Scotland’s incredible landscapes, learning how they have been shaped over millions of years by geological processes; revealing the secrets and tales of our planet’s past. From volcanic eruptions to tropical coal swamps, dinosaurs to earthquakes – the rocks beneath our feet provide endless opportunities for adventure, education and discovery.”

From coastal walks and fossil hunting, to online and in-person talks, there will be something for everyone to enjoy during this year’s Festival no matter how much or little you know about the subject. Tour the ancient, fossilised trees at Fossil Grove in Glasgow, join in a virtual demonstration showcasing Scottish agates from National Museums Scotland, or explore extinct volcanoes in Edinburgh and the UNESCO Global Geopark in the North West Highlands.

Joining forces with Scottish Water, the Trust will also be encouraging event participants to consider and review their use of water all year round. With climate change challenging Scotland all year round, the Trust continues to support awareness raising on how Scotland’s geology can help play a role in responding to this emergency.

With a fantastic spread of events on all across Scotland, as well as online, this year’s Festival will provide a great day out and experience for all ages.

Dr Katie Strang, Director – Scottish Geology Festival: engagement@scottishgeologytrust.org
Dr Angus Miller, Vice-chair – Scottish Geology Trust: angus@scottishgeologytrust.org | 0131 555 5488

Indoor Events

Click here for full listing of Indoor Events

Outdoor Events

Click here for full listing of Outdoor Events

Online Events

Recordings of most online events in the Festival are available on our YouTube channel.

Online Content

Geology of Scotland online course

This online course ran throughout the Festival in 2021. Recordings of all sessions are available online.


Self Guided Walking Tour by Lara Kalnins, University of Edinburgh: 

Exploring Edinburgh’s Volcano (Recommended Ages: 8 to Adult)
Exploring Edinburgh’s Volcano (Recommended Ages: 12 to Adult)

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