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Isle of Eigg - 20-24 May 2005
What a great trip! Thanks to everyone who came along, it was a great blend of good rocks, lovely people and unbelievable weather, a special experience and one not to be forgotten.
We had a lovely afternoon scrambling along the rocks from Laig Bay to the Singing Sands, with lots of concretions and cross-cutting dykes in the sandstones. And a great finale to the trip when most of us viewed the columns of the Sgurr pitchstone from various angles, with crystal-clear views from the summit in all directions.
Northwest Highlands Sunday 3 to Saturday 9 July 2005
In the Northwest Highlands, Scotland's best geology is laid out before us: great expanses of sandstone, quartzite and a sliver of limestone lie on top of the ancient gneiss. These rocks have been caught up in the Caledonian Orogeny, when a great slab of hard metamorphic rocks - the Moine Schist - were pushed on top of younger rocks. This thrusting movement has deformed and displaced the underlying rocks.
This was a fantastic trip, with glorious sunshine (most of the time) and a varied programme that took us to the top of Conival, to Sandwood Bay, and around the Summer Isles by boat.
We stayed at the Assynt Field Centre, Inchnadamph. Highly recommended, superb accommodation at a good price, a great location for exploring the geology and a relaxed atmosphere. Further details.
Eigg & Rum Families Journey Wednesday 27 July to Tuesday 2 August 2005
A fantastic week exploring these contrasting islands, as part of the John Muir Trust Activities Programme. This trip for families introduced us to many different aspects of the islands, from the rocks to the wild flowers, butterflies and birds, including a very special opportunity to visit the Shearwater colony on Rum. Oh yes, and we discovered the Rum midgies too!