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Temple of Muses, near Dryburgh Abbey Here, I steer clear of rants. I have been known to rant about many things. It is why that very often I steer clear of the news. As I…

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A walk in the Craigmillar WIAT (Woods in and Around Towns)

The days are getting shorter, so the chance to get out and top up the Vitamin D whenever I fancy is one of the undoubted benefits of self-employment. When I can combine it with some geological work, even better. Hills

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Slouching towards e-Commerce at Hills of Hame to offer some discounted urban walks on 4, 11 & 18 November

  The sun is shining here in Edinburgh,the air is pleasantly chilly and I am looking out of the window at the southern side of Salisbury Crags and the Lion’s Haunch and Sampson’s Ribs from the window while I work

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Belhaven Bay – surf’s up! Geodiversity’s up!

Had my first ever trip to Belhaven Bay, just to the west of Dunbar. I’ve been into Dunbar itself to look at the rocks in the harbour area and visited the extensive Carboniferous exposures to the south of Dunbar at

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Watching brief on Edinburgh Rocks! walk

Leading walks out-of-doors from urban geology to out in high and lonely places requires that you get out there from time to time to check your route and look for changes for good as well as ill. We’re in the

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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

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Creag Meagaidh – long walk in

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Creag Meagaidh is a great swathe of cliffs and deep corries when seen from the A86. However, I had the chance to go in from the Braeroy side this week. This approach gives a rather different aspect to the massif

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Clapper Bridges near Cashel Dhu, NW Highlands

Clapper bridges are something I’d previously associated exclusively with Dartmoor; there is a famous large one at Postbridge but there many more examples spanning watercourses on the moor. A recent tweet from Forestry Commission Scotland alerted me to the fact

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Cnoc and lochan in the Ceathramh Garb (Rough Quarter)

Last week was spent in the Eriboll area, near the edge of the Moine Thrust. Based out of the excellent independent hostel at Kyle of Tongue, my morning commute to Loch Hope would take me across the flat boggy area

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Tale of a cragfast geology student from Strabeg bothy book

Are you sitting comfortably? If you’re responsible for people on field courses, you might not be at the end of this story I chanced upon in the Strabeg bothy book. The reporter is Lorraine McCall, who completed a continuous round

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