Footprints in the Sand: the Hugh Miller Writing Competition II 2017-2018

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.

The 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology revealed!

Volunteers launch the 51 Best Places project51 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

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!

51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology … coming soon

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 …

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Arran Geology Festival 15-17 September

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 Hope to see you there.

Download a poster with the full programme

Arran Geology Festival 2017

Geoheritage Festival, October 2017

Our Geoheritage Festival programme is now live …

Geoheritage Festival

More events welcome, if you’re organising an event that celebrates Scotland’s geoheritage this autumn, please get in touch!

Exhibition: John Muir & Geology

Explore John Muir’s passion for geology and the role this played in his own adventures and discoveries in this exhibition organised by Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace in Dunbar.

Exhibition: John Muir & Geology

John Muir’s Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar , East Lothian EH42 1JJ

Festival of Museums: John Muir & Geology, Dunbar, Saturday 20 May

A day of geology events at the Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery, including drop-in demos with Dynamic Earth and walks with Angus Miller of Geowalks.


Support the Northwest Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark

The fantastic Northwest Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark – surely one of the world’s most important Geoparks – needs financial support to allow it to survive and prosper.

Please support their crowd-funding initiative:

Geo-events on Arran 2017

Come and explore some of the best geology in Scotland …. the Lochranza Centre on Arran are organising two public events this summer:

Geology Course 29 July – 1 August 2017
Come and join us to learn more about our amazing landscape and the processes that formed it. The Centre  will instruct and guide you over  a four day period. Participants can either join us on a daily basis for £50 per day or a residential basis at £75 per day inclusive of tuition and transport.

This course is aimed at anyone interested in learning more about the Geology of Arran.  Note most walks will involve a few miles of walking over mostly flat, but uneven terrain. If you are interested sign up soon as you can as we have limited availability!

To make a booking please either telephone or e-mail the Centre on 01770830637 or contact Stuart at

Geofest 16-17 September 2017
In conjunction with the National Trust for Scotland and the Arran Hertiage Museum we are proud to be able to offer the second Arran Geofest. This will run over the weekend of the 16 and 17th September and will take the form of several guided walks to different island venues of geological interest followed by an evening talk at various venues around the island. Further details will follow.

Lochaber Geopark bid for UNESCO status deferred

Lochaber Geopark -UNESCO Global Geopark status
In June 2016 Lochaber Geopark went through a validation process to become a UNESCO Global Geopark. We are pleased that the Global Geoparks Committee found that “Lochaber Geopark is a very large territory with an exceptional geological heritage” and that it has “great potential for Lochaber Geopark to be a very good UNESCO Global Geopark”. The Committee, have however deferred award of UNESCO status until we have addressed a number of recommendations, the most important of which is to secure long term core financial assistance from the Scottish Government. Addressing this point is difficult and is likely to be a major problem for all the Scottish Geoparks when seeking UNESCO Global Geopark status. The long term secure funding of all the Scottish Geoparks can only be addressed by the Scottish Government. Membership of UNESCO GGN would have greatly strengthened the case we can put to Government.

Lochaber Geopark Association is a charity organisation that has been in existence for 13 years and it has always been and will continue to be a grass-roots organisation. We will continue to develop and improve all aspects of our work and to build links with the local community and with those who visit Lochaber to promote awareness between the geological heritage, natural and cultural heritage and the landscape, while the issue of funding is resolved.

Lochaber Geopark