Scottish Geology Festival 1 September to 17 October 2021

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Outdoor Events – full listing

Beach Pebble event: Portobello, Edinburgh

Free
20 September @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Beach at Kings Road, Portobello
Kings Place
Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1DU United Kingdom
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* UPDATED LOCATION*  This event will now be held on the beach in front of Kings Road, not to the west. Look for the Beach Pebble event sign and volunteers […]

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Guided Walk: Beneath Ben Nevis; stories in the shadows

£50
22 September @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Ben Nevis
North Face Car Park
Torlundy, PH33 6SS United Kingdom
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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 […]

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Beach Pebble event and walk: Iona

Free
23 September @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Enjoy a geological walk in on of the most amazing islands off the west coast. The walk culminates at the glorious pebble beach of Columna’s Bay, where the variety and […]

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Guided Walk: Fossil Hunting at Pittenweem

Free
25 September @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
West Braes
West Braes
Pittenweem, Fife KY10 2NU United Kingdom
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The rocks surrounding Pittenweem represent a time around 330 million years ago when the temperatures were tropical, seas were rich with marine life, and land had the first dense forests […]

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Field Trip: Fossil Hunting at Seafield, Kirkcaldy

Free
25 September @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Seafield Beach
Seafield Shore, Seafield Road
Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1SJ United Kingdom
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Come and hunt for fossils at Seafield shore with Dr. Katie Strang and GeoBus! The rocks at Seafield are around 330 million years old, deposited at a time when Scotland […]

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Beach Pebble event: Innellan, Argyll

Free
25 September @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Innellan, Argyll & Bute
Shore Road
Innellan, PA23 7TP United Kingdom
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Innellan is 4 miles south of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula. The Highland Boundary Fault, which separates metamorphic slates and schists to the north from Devonian sandstones to the south, […]

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Beach Pebble event: Stranraer Beach, Dumfries and Galloway

Free
25 September @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Agnew Park Beach, Stranraer
Agnew Park Beach
Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway DG9 7JZ United Kingdom
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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 […]

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Beach Pebble event: Milldown Beach, near Coldingham, Berwickshire

FREE
26 September @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Milldown Beach, just south of Coldingham Bay, 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 […]

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Beach Pebble event: Dunbar, East Lothian

Free
26 September @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Beach next to the Swimming Pool, Dunbar
Bayswell Road
Dunbar, EH42 1EU United Kingdom
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Join geologists and volunteers from the Scottish Geology Trust on the beach for some hands-on activities to explore the stories hidden in every pebble. We’ll discover an amazing variety of […]

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Beach Pebble event: Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Free
26 September @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tollbooth Museum
3 Old Pier
Stonehaven, AB39 2JU United Kingdom
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Join geologists and volunteers from the Scottish Geology Trust on the beach for some hands-on activities to explore the stories hidden in every pebble. We’ll discover an amazing variety of […]

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Guided Walk: Kildonan Geology & Wildlife Walk with Arran Ranger Service

£20.00
27 September @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kildonan Village Hall
Kildonan, KA27 8SD United Kingdom

Explore a dramatic period in Arran’s past, discover evidence of prehistoric beasts, and spot modern day wildlife A joint event with Arran Ranger Service. There will be an Arran Geopark […]

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Short Course: Landscape & Geology of Edinburgh – Beginner

29 September @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

What makes Edinburgh special? Through a series of short walks in and around the city centre, we will explore how has the city’s landscape been created, and how the geology […]

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Excursion: Glen Roy; a geological mystery

£50
30 September @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Glen Roy road end, by Brae Roy Lodge
Glen Roy Highland PH34 4EA + Google Map

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 […]

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Guided Walk: Glen Sannox and Blue Rocks, Arran

£10.00
30 September @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Glen Cottage
Sannox Beach Car Park
Sannox, Arran, KA27 8JD

Venture into the glacial landscape of Glen Sannox, learn about Arran’s industrial heritage, and find evidence of sea-level change. Walk length: 4 km / 3 miles Approx. duration: 3 hours […]

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Excursion: North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark Extended Weekend Geotour

1 October - 4 October

Extended weekend tour comprising days 2,3,5 & 6 of the full tour Expert tuition by Geopark staff will help you to interpret the geology of this wild and remote highland […]

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Guided Walk: Holyrood Park: The Coolest Walk on Earth

Free
2 October @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Holyrood Park
Queen's Drive
Edinburgh, EH8 8HG United Kingdom
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First in a series of two walks. Join an expert geologist and a Ranger on a 3-hour guided walk to discover how the landscape of Holyrood Park has been shaped […]

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A Cruise to Lamberton Skerrs

£45
3 October @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
RNLI Eyemouth Lifeboat Station
Eyemouth Harbour
Eyemouth, TD14 5SF United Kingdom
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Travel back in time on this 3-hour cruise along the Berwickshire Coast from Eyemouth, past Burnmouth Caves to Lamberton Skerrs and back. There will be a geological and a wildlife […]

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Beach Pebble event and walk: Mingary, Ardnamurchan

Free
7 October @ 10:15 am - 2:30 pm
Mingary Pier
Kilchoan, PH36 4LF United Kingdom

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 […]

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Guided Walk: Holyrood Park: Hot Rocks

Free
9 October @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Holyrood Park
Queen's Drive
Edinburgh, EH8 8HG United Kingdom
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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 […]

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Beach Pebble event: Kirkcudbright Beach

Free
9 October @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Dhoon beach, Kirkcudbright
The Dhoon
Kirkcudbright, DG6 4TL United Kingdom
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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 […]

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Funded by:

Scottish Geology Trust