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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

Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks, Geological Walks (urban), Scotland

Scottish Geoheritage Festival, October 2017

The hard work of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum┬áhas 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

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

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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Posted in Geodiversity, Scotland, Trips

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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Updated: Tale of a cragfast geology student from Strabeg bothy book

Update: The person who ended up stuck on the slope got in touch with me to give me additional details and, in particular, point out that they had a whistle, compass-clinometer and phone on them but were unable to use

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Posted in Geodiversity, Mountains, Navigation, Scotland

Visiting Edinburgh’s seaside- Seafield, Portobello, Joppa

The car had been booked in for a service, so Shadow and I went out to drop it off and visit his old pre-adoption part of Edinburgh, Seafield. My previous experiences in the area have mostly been running or geology-related.

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Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks (urban), Scotland

Harlaw Reservoir wanderings

Harlaw is part of a network of reservoirs that were built in the 19th century to supply the city with clean, fresh water. The network now extends deep into the Scottish Borders around Talla but the Pentland Hills contain numerous

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

Earthcache workshop

Spent a few hours out at the Educational Centre in Holyrood Park this morning finding out about Earthcaches at an event organised by the Scottish Geodiversity Forum. Earthcaches are a subset of geocaches. What makes them different is that they

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Completed Mountain Training Expedition Skills module

Over the weekend of the 7-8th of May I underwent my training and assessment for the Mountain Training Expedition Skills module with Mary Matthews, who runs Mountains and Wildlife. Mary is based in Kincardine and uses the surrounding hill areas

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Rocking out! Some geological resources for hill and wildlife guides

Recently I ran a day-long CPD event for some members of the Mountain Training Association as a follow-up to a free MTA CPD event I ran in Holyrood Park, which you can read about here. I produced a couple of

Posted in Geodiversity, Mountains, Scotland
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