Guided Walks Programme 2019

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

Find out more:
- About the walks general details, including how to book and grading of walks.
- Walk details for upcoming walks (these are also sent out by post or email to people who have booked in advance).

See also the Courses page for more information about walking and classroom courses, and Geowalks Holidays throughout Scotland.

No need to pay in advance: cash, cheque or bank transfer on the day is fine. 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 December 2018.

Sunday 27 January 2019, 10am Historic Environment Scotland Ranger Service - Hot Rocks Join an expert geologist and a Ranger on a longer guided walk to discover the fascinating geological history of Holyrood Park. Discover fossilised lagoons, walk on lava, and find out more about Edinburgh’s own James Hutton. Free, booking essential.

Tuesday 19th (1.30pm) and Friday 22nd (10am) February 2019 University of Edinburgh Festival of Creative Learning - Walking with James Hutton through Time Everything changes, nothing changes. In the 200 years since James Hutton walked the streets of Edinburgh, the city has changed beyond all recognition but the underlying landscape has hardly changed at all. A reflection on time, and how the landscape of Edinburgh has influenced how we think about the world. Free, booking essential.

Sunday 24 February 2019, 10am Historic Environment Scotland Ranger Service - Coolest Walk on Earth Join an expert geologist and a Ranger on a three hour guided walk to discover how the landscape of Holyrood Park has been shaped and sculpted by ice through the ages. Explore areas of the park to learn how to identify distinctive land features left by glaciers. Free, booking essential.

Saturday 23 March 2019, 10am Kinghorn - Kirkcaldy, Fife A short, varied section of the Fife Coastal Path, with a interesting mix of sedimentary and igneous rocks creating rocky headlands and pebbly beaches. Short walk, 3 hours, £10. Walk Details ...

Edinburgh Science Festival 6-21 April 2019

I'm taking part in two events at the Science Festival:
Deep Time Walk with the Edinburgh Geological Society
Thursday 11, Saturday 13 and Monday 15 April 2019
Travel across Earth’s 4.6 billion year timeline at a rate of one million years per metre. Starting at the creation of Earth, the walk covers significant events in history, including the formation of the Moon, plate tectonics, the early evolution of life, dinosaurs and much more.

The Volcanoes that Rocked Edinburgh
Friday 12 and Sunday 14 April 2019
Explore the volcanic eruptions that rocked Edinburgh and helped shape the landscape we see today. Be guided through the undulating past of Holyrood Park and hear stories of these different volcanoes, comparing them to modern eruptions to help us understand what happened in Edinburgh in the past and then head out into Holyrood Park to track down the evidence.

Sunday 28 April 2019, 10am St Baldred's Coast, East Lothian My favourite Firth of Forth coastal walk! A traverse of the beautiful and surprisingly remote stretch of coast from St Baldred's Cradle near Tyninghame to St Baldred's boat at Seacliff. After visiting some of the best exposures of sandstone in East Lothian, we will walk through the remains of several volcanoes, that tell a story of moving magma and exploding vents. Day walk, 5 hours, £14. Walk Details ...

Sunday 5 May 2019, 10am Siccar Point It is Scotland's most important geological site, but Siccar Point is tucked away on the rugged coastline of the Scottish Borders, a hidden gem with beautiful coastal scenery and a rich geological story. We'll get to the point by walking along the Berwickshire Coastal Path from Cove, gradually travelling back in time through three periods of constrasting sedimentary rocks. Day walk, 5 hours, £14. An event for Geoweek 2019. Walk Details ...

Sunday 2 June 2019, 10am North Pentland Hills, Edinburgh The rocks of the Pentland Hills were formed during volcanic eruptions around 400 million years ago. We meet several different varieties of lava on this traverse across the northern slopes, with good views over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Day walk, 5 hours, £14. Walk Details ...


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