Geowalks Holidays 2018

Geowalks holidays give you the opportunity to visit Scotland's finest rocks and landscapes, exploring an area in a series of day walks with a small group. A relaxed pace, lots of flexibility and we frequently pause to enjoy the views, the wildlife and the flowers and to explore the human stories of the places we are visiting.

Check out the Holiday blog for reports and pictures from previous holidays. I greatly enjoy leading these trips, and they are highly regarded - a recent participant said "Many thanks for this year's geology trips. I enjoyed them all. You do a great job in the organisation, the accommodation, the weather, the people and the geology but most of all it is the courteous and friendly way you treat us that makes a geowalk special. Thank you."

Some holidays are organised with partners including Williams Geoadventures and Selkie Explorers, get in touch with them to book.

For Geowalks holidays, get in touch with Angus to see if there are places available, and then send a £50 deposit to secure your place (cheques payable to 'Geowalks' or ask if you'd like to make an online bank transfer). The final information about each holiday is sent out 6 weeks in advance, but please ask if you need details to make travel arrangements, etc.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

The islands of Eigg & Rum Friday 11 to Friday 18 May 2018

The small Hebridean islands of Eigg and Rum offer superb opportunities to explore a range of geological features and landscapes associated with the birth of the North Atlantic Ocean. There was significant volcanic activity here around 60 million years ago, firstly extensive basalt lava flows that now form the bulk of the island of Eigg, and then focused on a large central volcano above what is now Rum. Features such as the Sgurr ridge on Eigg and the magma chamber rocks of Rum give a glimpse of the power and complexity of the volcanic activity. The volcanic rocks sit on top and within a range of interesting sedimentary rocks, including ancient sandstone on Rum, bereft of any visible fossil evidence of life, and the much younger limestone and sandstone of Eigg.

The programme comprises a variety of day walks on both islands, and a sail journey between Eigg and Rum that will include a circumnavigation of Rum in the right conditions. This is rough terrain for walking, but the main features of the story can be appreciated in day walks, with optional extensions for the keen and the fit. Holiday Information Sheet (pdf file)

Scotland Rocks! II The Islands of the West June 2-15, 2018

Scotland Geology Trip Join Tom Williams and Scottish geology guide Angus Miller for this exclusive tour of some of Scotland's less visited western islands, and some fabulous geology and scenery. This 13-day field trip will take us from Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, to the quieter reaches of the Inner Hebrides, interacting with the small communities that call these remote islands home.

We'll visit the picturesque island of Arran, exploring an intersection of several different geological periods and one of James Hutton's unconformities. We'll travel through the metamorphic Highland rocks, and get a glimpse of deep time exploring ice-age sedimentary rocks that are about 600 million years old in the Garvellach islands. Extraction of slate from the islands of Easdale and Luing provided roofing material for Scotland and further afield, and left behind a stark landscape of some beauty. We'll travel across the island of Mull to enjoy the varied geology of the islands of Iona and Staffa, with its world famous columns of volcanic basalt. Travelling further north, our final stop will be on the small island of Eigg, just south of Skye, where a combination of sedimentary and volcanic rock has left a legacy of geological and scenic diversity, which has influenced the settlement and human story. The trip will culminate with a scenic rail journey across the Highlands and back to Glasgow and onwards to London or Edinburgh. Further information and booking ...

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