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Earth Science Festival 2017

Earth Science Festival 2017!

In partnership with the Scottish Geodiversity Forum Geoheritage Festival

Earth Science Month is a global event,  started to promote the amazing geology all around us in the world, and where better to see it than in the North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark? Here are some of the exciting events we have coming up, so why not join us?

Friday 29th September – 1st October

Excursion to Assynt, an event organised for the Highland Geological Society, with spaces available to non-members. Contact Peter Harrison 07753 758464

Monday 9th October

A fabulous day floating around on the beautiful glacially cut Loch Lurgainn situated beneath the mind boggling inselberg known as Stac Pollaidh. Full six hour day out canoeing with a Geopark ambassador. Adults £75, Children £55
Booking essential: contact info@hamletmountaineering.com for more details.

Tuesday 10th October 10.30-1pm

Guided coastal walk along a beautiful beach to see the amazing geomorphology of the sand dunes.  Good views over Cape Wrath too. Meet at Balnakeil beach car park by Durness. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00. To book contact Donald Mitchell on 01971 511756 or donald.mitchell@highland.gov.uk

Wednesday 11th October 11am-5pm

Guided walk, Eas A Chual Aluinn, Kylesku. 11km walk to the top of the highest waterfall in Britain and stunning views over Loch Glencoul and the Glencoul thrust.  Meet small layby 6km south of Kylesku  Grid ref: NC241290. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00. Contact Andy Summers on 01571 844654 / 07825 116516 or andy.summers@highland.gov.uk

Thursday 12th October 10-30-1.30pm

Scourie guided coastal walk, 3.2km; plants, fine views, birds, see the spectacular rock formations at the famous Scourie Dykes. Meet at Scourie beach bird hide. To book contact Donald Mitchell on 01971 511756 or donald.mitchell@highland.gov.uk

Friday 13th October

Climbing for novices in Coigach with the Reiff Climbing Festival. Details and booking online at www.reiffclimbingfestival.com

Geology for Climbers Guest Talk – Noel Williams, geologist, climber and author. 8pm Coigach Community Hall (£5 for non-climbing festival ticket holders). Here he is talking about Ben Nevis…

Saturday 14th October 10.30-3.30

A chance to see and unlock some of the mysteries of the ancient rocks of the Kyle of Tongue, situated on the north coast of Scotland. See large garnets, many folded rocks and pebbles flattened by huge forces. Three sites will be visited, Coldbackie on the east side, Pier Vasgo and Strathan on the west. All 3 have great beaches and wonderful rocks. Car sharing will be possible. Adults £9.00, conc. £5.00, family £24.00. Booking with Pete Harrison pete@nwhgeopark.com or 01854 612568

Wednesday 18th October 11am -1pm

Knockan Crag guided walk. See for yourself the marvel that allowed one of the world’s greatest geological mysteries to be solved. The crag is a globally important geological site and was formed by the Moine Thrust- the force of two continents crashing together. Adults £5.00, conc. £3.00, family £15.00. Booking with laura@nwhgeopark.com

Monday 16th October  

The Augmented Reality Sandbox Workshop has had to be postponed for reasons beyond our control. Sorry! We will be rearranging it.

Friday 20th October 7pm at the Unapool Rock Stop

Talk by Dave McBain on this summer’s exciting archaeological project at the Clachtoll Iron Age Broch, run by Historic Assynt. Now that almost the entire interior of the ruin has been revealed, hear about how the work was done, and what was found.  £5 at the door.

Saturday & Sunday 21st & 22nd October, Macphail Centre, Ullapool

A weekend course consisting of an indoor day on Saturday (10am-4pm) and a field day on Sunday (9.30 – 5pm). The course will give the opportunity to develop the understanding of a number of  geological concepts in general and as they are applied to the North West Highlands Geopark in particular. £17 for the two days. Contact Pete Harrison for details, booking essential. 01854 612568 / 07753 758464 or pete@nwhgeopark.com

Thursday 26th October 7pm at the Unapool Rock Stop

‘Greenland: geology, history and wildlife’, with exotic rocks and connections to Highland geology. Talk by Ian Parsons, Emeritus Professor of Mineralogy, Grant Institute of Earth Science, University of Edinburgh. £5 at the door

Friday 27th October 10-1pm

Guided walk led by Ian Parsons to see the syenites at Ledmore, and igneous rocks at Loch Borrolan. Adults £4.50, conc. £3.50, family £15.00. Contact Pete Harrison for details, booking essential. 01854 612568 / 07753 758464 or pete@nwhgeopark.com

 

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