Scotland is enjoying unbelievable weather, what a great time to get out and explore our fantastic geology, landscapes and culture. But where to start?!
The 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology will give you an idea of some of the variety that Scotland has to offer, from waterfalls and crags to entire islands. There’s something for everyone!
Scotland’s four Geoparks are bursting with activity. There are visitor centres to enjoy, coffee to be drunk, and lots of information and events:
Shetland UNESCO Global Geopark – Shetland Nature Festival 28 July – 5 August 2018
North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark – field days, summer geotours, Deep Time walks
Lochaber Geopark – Darwin’s Rest Coffee Shop in Roybridge and the Geopark Visitor Centre on the High Street, Fort William
And Scotland’s Geological Societies have a range of summer field trips for members and anyone interested in geology: Edinburgh Geological Society | Geological Society of Glasgow | Aberdeen Geological Society | Highland Geological Society | Open University Geological Society – East Scotland | Open University Geological Society – West Scotland
The Friends of Hugh Miller are embarking on an ambitious “relaunch” including of our internal structure and external activities, and an element of this expansion is the decision to move our next annual meeting from Cromarty to Scotland’s capital for the first time in our twelve year history. All members and friends welcome!
The AGM takes place on Saturday 16th June, 10.30am at the Scottish Poetry Library 5 Crichton’s Cl, Edinburgh EH8 8DT. It is purposefully arranged to take place on the same day and at the same venue as the Awards ceremony for the winners of the second national Hugh Miller Writing Competition, in which we are one of the partners with organisers, the Scottish Geodiversity Forum.
At the meeting, we will be displaying specimens from a newly donated collection of fossils found on the North East coast of Scotland, including in local deposits at Cromarty and Eathie, as well as a rare Miller artefact. Full details of the meeting will be included in the next edition of our newsletter, Hugh’s News Issue No 35, Summer 2018,
which will be
emailed to our members and posted on our website www.thefriendsofhughmiller.org.uk
GeoWeek is a new initiative that aims to promote ‘active geoscience’ via a nine-day ‘week’ of fieldwork activities taking place across the UK between 5 and 13 May 2018.
GeoWeek seeks to introduce as many members of the public to geoscience as possible, mainly through outdoor activities such as urban, rural or coastal fieldwork.
You can find out more about GeoWeek and the events that are planned here.
This show, the first ‘rock and gem’ show in Scotland for many years, will be held at Musselburgh Racecourse 10am – 5pm Saturday 7 April & 10am – 4pm Sunday 8 April. Further information at www.rockngem.co.uk/show/musselburgh-racecourse-rock-gem-n-bead-april-show/
A second show is planned for the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on 15th – 16th September 2018.
From Tuesday 27 March to Sunday 15 April, Lochaber Geopark is running one-day and half-day self-drive tours around Lochaber, each led by an expert geologist. They will show you some of the most beautiful and majestic scenery in Scotland, and explain how it was formed by mountain building and volcanic activity over hundreds of millions of years, to be finally shaped by glaciation that ended only ten-thousand years ago.
To book and for more information please visit: lochabergeopark.org.uk/explore-lochaber/easter-geotours-2018/
The second Hugh Miller Writing Competition invites entries inspired by fossil discoveries made in Scotland over the last 30 years. The competition, which takes its name from Scotland’s celebrated self-taught geologist, Hugh Miller, is open to all ages and is free to enter. The competition is organised by the Scottish Geodiversity Forum, the Friends of Hugh Miller and many other partners.
This year, poetry and prose entries are invited that are inspired by fossil discoveries made in Scotland over the last 30 years. Open to all, there are two categories; young people aged under 16 and adults aged 16 and over.
Competition entries can be in any written format, fiction, non-fiction or poetry and should be directly inspired by fossil discoveries made in Scotland within the last 30 years. The competition closes at midnight on 15 April 2018.
Full rules and further details, including how to enter.
51 localities across the country have been chosen by a panel of expert volunteers as the Best Places where people can see, enjoy and engage with Scotland’s incredible geology. A full list of all the sites, along with eye-catching images and the dramatic stories behind them, can be found at https://www.scottishgeology.com/best-places/.
People flock to Scotland to explore and wonder at the beauty and drama of the landscape, but now everyone can find out more about exactly how these landforms were created and why they look the way they do today. Three billion years in the making, Scotland has been through an amazing geological journey, involving continental collisions, mountain building, deserts, glaciers, and volcanic eruptions. Oceans have come into being and then vanished, as have the dinosaurs that once roamed the land, whilst large-scale volcanic eruptions and intrusions have transformed our landscapes. The processes continue to this day, with erosion of the coasts and mountain regions clearly visible, and the effects of recent glacial periods evident across our small country.
These stories can be ‘read’ in the rocks around us, and now they are being made easily available, thanks to a project developed by the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to encourage the public to engage with the best of Scotland’s Geology. ‘Revealing the stories in the rocks: raising awareness of Scotland’s outstanding geoheritage’ is linked to the HLF ‘Stories, Stones and Bones’ programme, and in partnership with the ‘Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology’.
Come along to the Public Launch event at Dynamic Earth on Saturday 14 October to find out more … see you there!
Step back in time as you climb to the Moine Thrust. Image: Rob Butler
The 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology will help you find out more about Scotland’s geological heritage, and guide you to the best places to see different elements of the story laid out in our country’s beautiful landscapes.
Follow us as we take you on a tour around Scotland, showing you the Best Places where you can see how our beautiful, diverse landscape was formed (and is still forming!), the rocks it is made from, and how our small country still helps shape geological theories to this day.
The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of Scotland’s year of History Heritage and Archaeology 2017.
The Scottish Geodiversity Forum’s 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology will be launched at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on Saturday 14 October. Hope to see you there … www.scottishgeology.com/event/51-best-places-launch/
Come and experience Arran’s fantastic geology! The Arran Geology Festival will take place on September 15,16 and 17 and will be aimed at all ages and knowledge levels. It will include fun hikes, more serious walks, various family events, and evening talks.
Most events require booking and full details are available on the Arran Geopark Facebook page or at www.arrangeopark.co.uk. Hope to see you there.
Download a poster with the full programme
Our Geoheritage Festival programme is now live …
More events welcome, if you’re organising an event that celebrates Scotland’s geoheritage this autumn, please get in touch!