LG3 Geology Group

Lochaber Geopark Geology Group – Open to All

Are you interested in learning about geology and landscape? Have you ever wondered how the world we see around us was formed? Would you like to learn to identify rock types and formations? If the answer to any of these is yes, then the new Lochaber Geology Group may be for you. This group is open to all, of any age or ability. Most of the group’s activity is in the form of field trips around Lochaber which take place on a semi-regular basis.

Our next group outings scheduled for Monday, 19th September, is to the Lochaline area, Morvern, including visits to Tennyson’s Waterfall and the Lochaline Silica Mine.
Meet at the car park beside the Corran Ferry, to share transport, at 09.30, for the 09.45 crossing. Anyone coming down from Fort Willam could meet beforehand at the Ben Nevis Highland Centre, Nevis Bridge, FW (the old ‘Woollen Mill Car Park’), at 09.00 to share transport from there. A comfort stop is available at Strontian. We expect to be back at the Corran Ferry later than usual, about 19.30, as the silica mine visit starts after 16.30.
The route is over Moine metamorphic rocks, with igneous intrusions, overlain by basaltic lava flows from the Mull volcano. The scenery is excellent, with good wildlife watching opportunities.
While roadside stops will be made along the route, the visit to Tennyson’s Waterfall involves a 2 kilometre walk on a level, tarmac, estate road to a lime kiln, then a shorter, c.500m walk up the hillside to the top of the waterfall, which cascades over Basaltic lava flow ‘trap’ topography.
Lunch will be taken at the lime kiln or the waterfall, depending on the time, weather, etc.
The Jurassic fossil beds by the Lochaline yacht pontoon will be visited, before the silica sand mine visit at 16.30. Wellies highly recommended for the shoreline/intertidal fossil beds and the mine. It is hoped to view some of the mine records as well as visiting the mine itself.
Usual requirements; walking boots, walking poles (rock and shingle shore (very low tide at 14.25) and grass slopes to negotiate), waterproofs, midge repellent, packed lunch, cameras, binoculars, etc.  Option of wellies for the shore and mine useful. The excursion itinerary is flexible, to allow for the weather and other interests. Cost: own transport and cafe bills; £5 per person donation to Lochaber Geopark.
For more information, contact Jim Blair (jim@lochabergeopark.org.uk)