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 flowers and to explore the human stories of the
places we are visiting.
I really 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."
I've been organising these holidays for almost 20
years, with more than 75 trips to 17 different locations including the
islands of Arran, Cumbrae and Bute, the Cairngorms, Northwest Highlands,
Fife Coast, Torridon, Orkney, Shetland and the islands of Eigg and Rum.
To book, 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 for
bank transfer details).
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. Some holidays are organised with partners including
Explorers, get in touch with them to book. Please don't hesitate to
get in touch if you have any questions.
Spring Georetreat: the Trossachs 8-10 March 2019
Geology, good food and sparkling company in a large,
comfortable house in the Trossachs. Short excursions to local sites of
interest, including the fantastic geology of nearby locations such as
Callander and Aberfoyle, exploring the Highland Boundary Fault and the
Ice Age. Depending on the weather, excursions might last for an hour or
two or most of the day, then back to base to relax in front of the fire,
with optional short talks and geological discussion: this is a great informal
opportunity for a general introduction to geology or to get into more
detail of any subject that interests you.
This three-day Georetreat will be based at Corshill
cottage at Thornhill, a spacious holiday house with a large garden and
wood-buring stove. Accommodation, food and geological instruction all
included. Cost £190 including guide, accommodation & food, but
not including travel (although car sharing can be arranged). Holiday
Information Sheet (pdf file).
with Selkie Explorers: 12-17 May and
& 2-6 September 2019
Reaching the places
that normal geology trips don't reach ... travelling with the wind, seeing
the Hebrides from a different perspective, taking our time to soak up
the atmosphere, get in close to the coast to view the geology of inaccessible
places and if conditions allow, land occasionally for a wild walk. We
can't plan the detailed itinerary in advance, but there are myriad possibilities
setting out from Mallaig with a range of geology ahead of us (rocks dating
from 3000 million to just 55 million years old). Possibilities include
the Outer Hebrides, Skye, Soay, Col and Tiree, or sail north to the Summer
Isles or south to Treshnish, Mull, Iona.
I'm delighted to be working with Celia
Bull of Selkie Explorers, based on the island of Eigg and her amazing
high-latitude yacht, aluminium hulled with a lifting keel. I've sailed
with Celia a couple of times now, she is a fine skipper: very experienced,
knowledgeable and with a fascinating life story that has taken her all
over the world. So, these are unforgettable experiences for a small group.
We will set out from Mallaig and aim to return to
anchor off Eigg for the last evening, with options of time ashore the
next day before departing Mallaig or Arisaig. Book direct with Selkie
Explorers - further information.
Monday 20 to Saturday 25 May 2019
The unforgettable scenery of the Wester Ross National
Scenic Area is derived directly from an amazing array of geology that
is superbly exposed on coastline and mountain-side. This includes ancient
Lewisian gneiss, ground down to create the lumpy scenery towards the coast;
the ancient Torridonian sandstone, formed on the fringe of a continent
over a billion years ago, which gives the mountains their hue and structure;
and layers of sparkling quartzite and other, younger rocks. To the east
lies a vast slab of metamorphic rock, pushed into place along the Moine
Thrust, and also moving and crumpling some of the underlying layers. The
story is laid out clearly for us to see, with mountain-scale faults and
disruptions that make the immense geological forces almost understandable
From our base at Kinlochewe we'll explore the coast
and the lower slopes of the mountains, walking 5-10 miles each day on
mountain paths and rough ground. Although this is rough terrain, the focus
is on exploring the best and most accessible parts of the geological story
rather than conquering the peaks! Cost £400 including guide, accommodation
& food, but not including travel (although car sharing can be arranged).
Information Sheet (pdf file).
Williams GeoAdventures: Scotland Orkney/Shetland Rocks! 3-15 June 2019
The Northern Isles of Scotland are wild and beautiful
archipelagos with unique prehistoric cultural landscapes that allow us
to understand life in these remote regions stretching back some 6,000
years. These are islands where there is a strong connection between the
geology, landscapes and people and you get a sense for how people lived
in the past, deeply connected to the land and the climate. Although at
first sight the two island groups are very different, there is a common
thread both in geology and culture that runs through this area from the
north of Scotland to Scandinavia.
Tom Williams and I are organising this trip, further
details and booking with Tom at geology-adventures.com.
& the Argyll Islands: Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 June 2019
The beautiful and varied Atlantic islands of Luing,
Kerrera, Seil, Easdale, Scarba and the Garvellachs have a rich geological
history, with fantastic coastal exposures of some of the best of the Dalradian
metamorphic rocks and overlying conglomerate, sandstone and lava. The
metamorphic rocks contain plenty of clues to what was happening on the
floor of a long-lost ocean when the original rocks formed. We'll see slate,
limestone and internationally-famous tillite layers within the Dalradian
rocks. The structural trend of the rocks creates the grain of the coastline
and islands, and the whole lot is shot through by a set of much younger
dykes from later volcanic activity on Mull.
These islands also have an interesting human history,
which intersects with the geology in the many abandoned and flooded slate
quarries. Based on Luing, we will experience geology's influence on the
tides, anchorages and the narrow passageways such as the Corrievrekan.
Cost £400 including guide, accommodation & food, but not including
travel (although car sharing can be arranged). Holiday
Information Sheet (pdf file).