Scottish Geoheritage Festival, October 2017

The hard work of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum has resulted in Scotland’s first national geoheritage festival. Events are happening across Scotland during October, with the support and goodwill of many organizations and individuals, as part of the year-long 2017 Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology

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Interpretation board in the NW Highlands Geopark at side of Loch Eriboll


Heritage is one facet of the wider concept of geodiversity, defined thoroughly but succinctly by Murray Gray in the first edition of his book ‘Geodiverisity: Valuing and Conserving Abiotic Nature’ in 2004. Without the variation in abiotic (non-living) nature, there would be little scope for the rich tapestry of biodiversity and human cultural experience and expression that have developed in concert with the geosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere.

Al pointing to rocks

Al examining sedimentary rocks in Craigmillar Woods

A wide range of events suitable for all ages, levels of prior knowledge of geology and physical geography, and interests are featured in the programme. Hills of Hame is running some free urban geological walks in Edinburgh. If you’d like to book a place, use the enquiry form on the website. I will also be supporting the launch of the ‘51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology’ on 14/10/17 at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.


No geodiversity, no amazing mountain days. Black Cullin, Skye.

I am a palaeobiologist in my early 40's carrying out research work. I am based in Scotland.

Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks, Geological Walks (low-level), Geological Walks (urban), Scotland

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