Scottish Geology Festival 1 September to 17 October 2021

Scotland’s iconic landscapes and rugged coastlines have been shaped by the elements over countless millennia. These foundations, the rocks beneath our feet, hold the secrets of our planet’s past, they have influenced our culture and provide an outdoor playground for us to enjoy and discover.

The Scottish Geology Festival 2021 delivered a packed programme of 110 activities from Stranraer to Shetland that highlighted and celebrated many aspects of Scotland’s geology, to an online and in-person audience of over 5000 people. Events ranged from coastal walks to fossil hunting to online talks and boat trips to Siccar Point, where James Hutton found proof of an ancient Earth. We explored extinct volcanoes in Edinburgh and the UNESCO Global Geopark in the North West Highlands, found evidence of ancient tropical seas and coral reefs in Fife, and learnt how the recent ice age helped shaped our incredible Scottish landscapes; geology isn’t just a thing of the past, but a tool for exploring our future too.

A huge thank you to the volunteers that made it all possible – event leaders and contributors, the working group who helped plan and guide the Festival, and our fellow Trustees for their support. See you next year!

Angus Miller Director – Scottish Geology Festival: | 0131 555 5488
Katie Strang Secretary – Scottish Geology Trust:

Explore Scotland’s Beach Pebbles

We ran over 20 Beach Pebble events across Scotland during the Festival. Download the Beach Pebble Guide and go explore Scotland’s wonderful pebbles! >> Find out more

Online Events

Geology of Scotland online course

This online course ran throughout the Festival, on Monday evenings. Recordings of all sessions are available online.

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

Geosong Kiosong by Joanie Bones Inspired by the work of botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer and a week doing the North West Highlands Geotour, organised by the North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark as part of the Scottish Geology Festival 2021.

Many thanks to Joanie for sharing this – you can find out more about her work on YouTube and Facebook.

After the Festival

Don’t despair! Even after the Festival finishes, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the wonders of Scotland’s geology. Visit the Events listing on this website, which is kept up-to-date throughout the year.

Funded by:

Scottish Geology Trust