Excursions

During the summer months, the society runs day excursions and longer residential excursions. These field trips are open to members only. (If you would like to join the society, please refer to our Membership page.) All field trip attendees must be familiar with the society's fieldwork code.

If you have any queries regarding the excursions, please email the day excursion secretary or the residential excursion secretary. We look forward to meeting you on the excursions!

Islay

Start: Friday, 26 April 2019 | 12:00PM
End: Monday, 29 April 2019 | 12:00PM
1800 Ma gneiss, Precambrian metasediments and fossil stromatolites, the famous Port Askaig Tillite (possible "Snowball Earth"?), low grade metamorphic Dalradian rocks retaining original sedimentary structures, reactivated and reversed extensional faults, substantial mineralisation, 60 Ma igneous intrusions (opening of the Atlantic Ocean) and a large selection of Quaternary Ice Age features.

Mining museums

Date: Saturday, 1 June 2019 | 9:00AM
The Scottish Shale Oil Museum at Almond Valley; local mining bings; the Scottish National Mining Museum at Newton Grange Colliery. Multiple opportunities for coffee and cake!

Blairskaith Quarry

Date: Saturday, 22 June 2019 | 9:00AM
Blairskaith Quarry is a brick-clay pit abandoned since the late 1970s. It is significant for both its abundant extinct fossils and habitats supporting a variety of plant and animal life, with large shallow pools of water that last throughout the year and some well-drained lime-rich soils.

St Abb's Head

Date: Saturday, 6 July 2019 | 9:00AM
Sedimentary rocks of greywacke and siltstone formed between 460 and 410 million years ago and hard volcanic rock which formed around 400 million years ago. The different types of rock account for the contrast in colour and morphology between the rocks of the Head and those of mainland cliffs.

Ballantrae Complex

Date: Saturday, 27 July 2019 | 9:00AM
The Ballantrae region is of international importance because of the presence there of the Ballantrae Complex, an association of serpentenite, chert and pillow lavas that represents an ophiolite. We will visit some of the interesting geological localities in this area.

Northern Lake District

Date: Saturday, 17 August 2019 | 9:00AM
A walk of about 2.5 km up the Glenderaterra valley from the car park at the Blencathra Field Centre with 4-6 stops along the path, returning the same way. The main theme is contact metamorphism and mineralisation in the Skiddaw Slate around the Skiddaw Granite. Evening meal in Threlkeld.

Dalry & Saltcoats

Date: Saturday, 7 September 2019 | 9:00AM
Trilobite-bearing limestone, exotic sills, dykes and fossilised trees.
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