Geoheritage Festival

We’re delighted to be part of Scotland’s Geoheritage Festival. The first ever national Geoheritage Festival will run nationwide from 1st to 31st October 2017, with a wide range of family events, guided walks and talks across Scotland.

Tying in with the Scottish Geodiversity Forum’s latest project, highlighting the 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology, the festival will take in many of our most famous and unique geological sites as well as hidden gems that you never knew existed.

See below for Locaber Geopark’s festival events, or see Scotland’s Geoheritage Festival’s website for a full programme, with events happening all over Scotland, right through October.

 

Booking is essential for all excursions

 

Monday 2nd October – 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology: Isle of Eigg

The Isle of Eigg is largely built of lavas, crowned by An Sgurr, a spectacular pitchstone ridge. With 4 hours on Eigg, we’ll walk as far as time and weather allow to the Sgurr, seeing Jurrassic sediments, flood basalt lava flows and columnar jointing patterns. This is a full-day excursion.

Moderate fitness required. Please bring a packed lunch, stout footwear, waterproofs, cameras, binoculars, walking poles if desired. For more details and to reserve a place, email info@lochabergeopark.org.uk or phone 01397 705314.

£10, ferry not included. Booking essential.

 

7th and 8th October – 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology: the Parallel Roads of Glenroy

Lochaber is famous for the mysterious parallel lines that can be traced along the sides of Glen Gloy, Glen Roy and Glen Spean – the Parallel Roads. Before geologists unravelled the story of ice ages in Scotland, many people believed that the lines were roads built by the ancient kings of Scotland. We now know that these ‘roads’ are in fact shorelines created by ice-dammed lakes. This tour includes a tasty light lunch at Darwin’s Rest Café and Craft shop in Roybridge followed by an excursion to Glen Roy to discuss and view The Parallel Roads.

Meet at 12.30 at Darwin’s Rest, then head to Glenroy in own vehicles to view the “roads”. These are half-day excursions. For more details and to reserve a place, email info@lochabergeopark.org.uk or phone 01397 705314.

£12, includes lunch. Booking essential.

 

Monday 9th October – 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology: Glencoe

Glencoe is a striking and dramatic glen which contrasts starkly with the flat and desolate Rannoch Moor immediately to the east. The deep glen with its high mountain peaks and ridges on either side shows clear evidence of recent sculpting by glaciers. What is perhaps not so well known is that the road through the glen also cuts through an ancient volcano.

Moderate fitness required. Please bring a packed lunch, stout footwear, waterproofs, cameras, binoculars, walking poles if desired. For more details and to reserve a place, email info@lochabergeopark.org.uk or phone 01397 705314.

£10. Booking essential.

 

Saturday 14th October, 10am-4pm – “51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology” Launch Day

Come along to Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, for a range of family-friendly activities and exhibits provided by the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and partners, and the official launch of the 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s geology.

 

Monday 16th October, 7.30pm – Rocks and minerals of Lochaber

The District of Lochaber is home to an exceptional variety of different types of rock, with a range of ages stretching back three-billion years. This talk will illustrate how the appearance of the rocks depends on the minerals they contain, and explain how their history can be worked out from the minerals. A range of Lochaber rocks and important minerals will be on display, together with polarizing microscopes and rock thin sections. Feel free to bring your own specimens to be identified by an expert.

This is a free talk by Professor Ian Parsons.

 

Friday 20th Oct, 11am to 1pm – Geopark Fun Day

Join Lochaber Geopark and John Muir Trust for a fun day of geology themed activities, with new and improved activities since our previous similar event. Learn about how the mountain building, fire and ice shaped the landscape, with exploding volcanoes, ancient fossils and freezing glaciers.

Suitable for children aged 6+ (Parent/Guardian required to accompany)

Free

 

Saturday 21st October – Geology Workshop to Glen Nevis with Noel Williams

A moderately strenuous outing in Glen Nevis which starts at the Roaring Mill and visits a number of localities fairly close to the road as we journey up Glen Nevis. It finishes by walking through the Nevis Gorge and making an ascent of Meall Cumhann (698m) – a hill overlooking the Nevis Gorge – from Old Steall. The itinerary will be shortened if the weather is poor. Moderate fitness required. Please wear stout footwear and bring normal hillwalking gear and a packed lunch.

This event has been organised by the Nevis Landscape Partnership. Sign up through their events page here.

Free, booking essential.