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    My wife and I are going to Scotland in May.

    Are there any geology must sees? What should I keep and eye out for?

    We are going to see fingal cave.


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    Do you like the dramatic or the historically important, or both?

    I've always fancied visiting Hutton's Unconformity at Siccar Point - only 50 miles or so from where I live. Quite important in the history of geology. My parents live only 6 miles from it, yet I still haven't managed a visit to it.



    If you're Edinburgh, then you can hardly miss the dramatic spectacle of a 350 million year old extinct volcano sitting slap-bang in the middle of the city (an easy, but steep walk with a scramble up the last section). If it looks too dangerous for you, then there is also a great paved walk along the foot of the cliffs you can see on the left.




    You could also check out the geology section of the VisitScotland website.


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    Thanks for the info I'm hoping to get to Siccar Point for the historical-geology significances.
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    Surely there are trilobite sites up north.

    Yes, here you go then:

    http://www.discoveringfossils.co.uk/...s_scotland.htm
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    Ophiolite is said to be a Scottish phenomenon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunbury
    Ophiolite is said to be a Scottish phenomenon.
    Indeed - and what to recommend for a visitor? This is an eclectic mix of possibilities.

    Graptolites at Dobb's Linn, near Moffat - its the Ordovician-Silurian boundary.
    (I like graptolites - a greatly under rated taxa.)

    The Highland Boundary fault almost anywhere along its length. At Stonehaven, just south of Aberdeen you might be lucky and find a fossil fish in the Old Red Sandstone on the southern side. If not have lunch at the Ship Inn by the harbour. (I like the HBF, perhaps because I was born 100m to the south of it.)

    Glen Coe - cauldron subsidence. Classic example mapped by Clough and the Bailey's over a century ago.

    The Great Glen - major strike slip fault and brilliant tourist marketing concept.

    North West Highlands - Torridon - the best part of Scotland. Inclined Cambrian quartizite atop a rejuvenated Torridonian sandstone lying athwart a rejuvenated Lewisian landscape. Britains' oldest rocks are here. I thought they were about 2.8 Ga, but in double checking I found this article: Volcanics at Gruinard bay have been dated at 3.3 Ga. They are the oldest rocks in Europe.

    Visit the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow University for a small, but excellent geological collection (and the largest collection of Whistler's in the UK?). Stand in awe in the neo-Gothic quadrangle as your realise this was my home from home for four years. :wink:

    The Peach and Horne Memorial. How many geologists have a memorial to them?
    http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/gsl/pid/83...82CE9BC7635CB3

    In bygone days you could have gone down a coal mine. We used to be an industrial country. You could go to the Leadhills Mining Museum.

    And there are ophiolites south of Girvan. :-D
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    Thanks "Ophiolite" it will take me some time to look this over.
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    Thanks everyone.
    We had a great time even with the constant rain/hail, unseasonably windy weather, electrical blackouts and volcano. We were amazed to see how many people (Scots) were out hiking in this weather. Back home I can enjoy the trails all to myself when there is rain/hail and 50mph wind.

    We went to Staffa island and Fingal's Cave.

    Saw the multi-coloured rock cut on the way. (Note the spelling of color)

    We made it to Sandwood Beach. I've also been to the "most beautiful beach in the world" in Hawaii, Apparently they do no know about Sandwood Beach.

    We did not make it to the Orkney's because the weather was so bad the ferries were not running. But we had fun finding many of the hidden harbors around Wick and other pre-history stone sites.

    Stopped by Lock Ness

    In Edinburgh we made it up to the top of Arthur's seat.

    And finally out to Siccar point.

    Scotland is one beautiful place with some great geology and history. I had a blast driving and swerving to the left on the single track roads and driving in the round-abouts.
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