These are short, informal day walks exploring the rocks of central Scotland. The programme includes many of the best geological sites in the Lothians and Fife, places where you can get to grips with the fascinating stories that the rocks tell about our past. The pace is slow, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the rocks, the landscape and wildlife. Please check the links below to find out more, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Look forward to seeing you on a walk soon!
Angus Miller, Geowalks
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Most walks go ahead as planned, but occasionally I need to make changes. Walks may not take place if fewer than 5 people book, so please make sure you let me know if you intend to come along. Pay cash or cheque on the day. Page updated 12 March 2018.
Guided walks on behalf of Historic Environment
Scotland Ranger Service in Holyrood Park:
Sunday 4 February 2018 10am Prestonpans to Seton Sands A short walk along the Firth of Forth, taking in some sandy beaches, a range of sedimentary rocks from the Carboniferous period, an impressive dolerite dyke and one the Lothian's most famous glacial erratic boulders, The Johnny Moat Stone. Short walk, 2-3 hours, £10
Saturday 24 February 2018 10am St Andrews to Kingsbarns A wild section of the Fife Coastal Path that includes some superb geology including folds, volcanic vents and amazing sea stacks on the raised beach. Group walk for the Fife Sea Kayaking Club, 4-5 hours, £12, Non-members welcome, £14. >> Walk details
Saturday 17 March 2018 10am ** Sorry, walk postponed until later in the year, due to ground conditions ** Linlithgow to Muiravonside Country Park Stroll along the Union Canal and follow the River Avon upstream for a circuit through Muiravonside Country Park, finding a mix of sedimentary and igneous rocks and enjoying the wider scenery of West Lothian. Day walk, 5 hours, £14 >> Walk details
Sunday 15 April 2018 10am Lomond Hills, Fife The two summits of the Lomond Hills are sites of ancient volcanoes, with a thick layer of intrusive dolerite forming the high ground between them. Starting in the village of Falkland we'll climb gently through a quiet wooded valley into the open moorland and then to the summit of East Lomond. Day walk, 5 hours, £14 >> Walk details
Saturday 28 April 2018 10am St Abbs Head, Scottish Borders The geology of this rocky headland is very different from that of the surrounding area. Volcanic activity occurred here more than 400 million years ago, creating hard igneous rock that forms impressive rocky cliffs and an ideal home for seabirds. Day walk, 5 hours, £14
Sunday 6 May 2018, 10am Siccar Point exploration Siccar Point is one of the world's most important geological sites, a geological unconformity discovered by pioneering Scots geologist James Hutton in 1788. This leisurely exploration of a short section of coast around Siccar Point gives us an opportunity to appreciate the details of the rocks and the story that Hutton discovered. Day walk, 5 hours, £14
Tuesday 8 May, 7pm Craiglockhart Hill An evening walk to explore Edinburgh's geology from the wonderful viewpoint of Craiglockhart Hill, and find out more about the volcanic activity from 350 million years ago that has helped shape Edinburgh. Evening walk, 2 hours, £7, under 18s free.
Saturday 23 June 2018, 10am Vogrie, Midlothian A varied walk from Vogrie Country Park to Gorebridge, exploring river valleys, abandoned limestone quarries, castles and glacial drainage channels. Day walk, 5 hours, £14