Scotland – the home of geology

Scotland’s geodiversity is world-class: shaped during three billion years of our planet’s history by the movements of the Earth’s tectonic plates, mountain building, volcanism, ice ages, sea-level change and the processes of erosion and deposition.

The 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology Find out more about Scotland’s geological heritage, and the best places to see different elements of the story laid out in our country’s beautiful landscapes.

The Hugh Miller Writing Competition 2019-2020 carries the name of one of Scotland’s most endearing geologists, Hugh Miller (1802-1856), and aims to honour his legacy by inspiring new, original prose and poetry on the theme of Scotland’s geoheritage. The competition is organised by the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and The Friends of Hugh Miller.

The Scottish Geodiversity Forum and The Friends of Hugh Miller published Conversations in Stone to celebrate the life and legacy of Hugh Miller. This anthology brings together prose and poetry inspired by Miller and his life, and his unwavering love of stone, landscape and palaeontology, and includes winning entries of the Hugh Miller Writing Competitions. is a permanent gateway site. Sections of the site include:
Scotland’s Geology: Getting started, geological time scale, simplified geological map of Scotland, regional geology and famous Scottish geologists.
Where to go: including The 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s geology.
Find out more: Geoconservation, Geoparks, publications, teachers’ guide, activity packs and glossary.

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