Day Excursion Programme

Day Excursions 2018

The day excursion programme for 2018 is now finished. The day excursions secretary is currently preparing the programme for 2019 and details will be posted on this page when the programme has been arranged. In the meantime, the programme for 2018 has been kept on the page to give visitors to the website an idea of the types of excursion that the society organises.
Saturday 2nd June. Muirshiel Country Park
The Society is working with the Scottish Geodiversity Forum to get the geology of Muirshiel Country Park more widely recognised. On this excursion we will be looking at several sites around the Park including the area around the now disused barite mine and considering aspects of our industrial geological heritage.
Leaving Gregory Building at 9:00, returning at 16:00, travelling by coach
Leader: Dr Iain Allison
Saturday 9th June. Glen Lednock
Last year we visited Comrie and the De’il’s Cauldron waterfall where the River Lednock has incised a rock-cut gorge. We will continue our exploration of Glen Lednock and will visit the Comrie pluton to examine the igneous rocks themselves and their contact relations with the country-rocks. Comrie has some excellent opportunities for cake, and if we are not too long delayed on the rocks we may wish to explore these, too! The trip will involve a few kilometres of variably rough and boggy walking, sometimes quite steep for short intervals.
Leaving Gregory Building at 9:00, returning at 18:00, travelling by coach
Leader: Dr Simon Cuthbert
Saturday 30th June. Perth & environs
Joint excursion with the Edinburgh Geological Society
We will examine Devonian volcanic and sedimentary rocks (perhaps including the source of the Stone of Destiny) and look at a variety of building stones in Perth City. We start with a walk up to Kinnoull Hill on a waymarked footpath. Then on to Quarrymill woodland park, with a flat walk of approx. 1km. Then down to the River Tay at Scone for a river walk 2.5km total on a flat path. Then Perth city centre for about 2km on pavements from St John's Kirk to Smeaton Bridge-Queen's Bridge.
This will be followed by a high tea at a venue still to be decided.
Leaving Gregory Building at 9:00, returning at 19:00, travelling by coach
Leader: Dr Con Gillen
This excursion is now fully booked.
Saturday 18th August. Spireslack Quarry
The opencast coal site at Spireslack in East Ayrshire delivers a unique and stunning geological exposure.
The late 18th to mid-20th century industrial prosperity of Scotland and its urban development depended upon the extensive deposits of approximately 325 million year old Carboniferous coal, ironstone and oil shale. This site could be retained for a wide range of uses and re-developed during restoration to provide a rich visitor and/or learning experience of coal geology, the coal industry and a former way of life for previous generations of Scots. Imaginatively and constructively restored, Spireslack could deliver a unique, natural rock laboratory for industry and university training and research. BGS is working closely with the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust to find ways of doing so.
Leaving Gregory Building at 9:00, returning at 19:00, travelling by coach
Leader: Dr Graham Leslie
Wednesday 22nd August. Choice of 10am or 2pm visits. Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) East Kilbride
On 9th March 2017, we had a very interesting lecture from Derek Fabel about how his laboratory undertakes precise and accurate measurement of isotopes in minerals and rocks. The procedures used to isolate and analyse isotopes involve isotope ratio mass spectrometry in a variety of forms depending on the isotopic system being utilised. Radiocarbon and surface exposure dating rely on being able to measure the abundance of extremely rare radioisotopes in the sample material using a technique called accelerator mass spectrometry. This tour of the laboratory will take you behind the scenes of extremely rare isotope metrology at SUERC to illustrate the complexity and effort involved in making these types of measurements.
Each tour will last for approximately 1.5 hours. There is room for a maximum of 10 people per tour; please advise if you would prefer to be on the 10am or 2pm visit.
Leader: Derek Fabel
Meet outside the SUERC at 09:45 for the 10:00 start or at 13.45 for the 14:00 start (own transport).
Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC)
Rankine Avenue
Scottish Enterprise Technology Park
East Kilbride G75 0QF
Saturday 8th September. Bathgate Hills
We will start at Beecraigs visitor centre to see a dyke and Carboniferous Limestone. Next is Cairnpapple Hill and the Knock (lavas, sill, limestone and mineralization) via Witch Craig geology wall. Then on to Petershill Reserve (fossiliferous reef limestone). If there is time, we will also visit East Kirkton quarry to see oil shales and limestones (SSSI, no hammering or collecting). Return to Bathgate for toilets, then head home to Glasgow. 
Leaflets: Petershill, Witchcraig Wall, East Kirkton, from EGS website
Leaving Gregory Building at 9:00, returning at 18:00, travelling by coach
Leader: Dr  Con Gillen