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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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Posted in Geodiversity, Mountains, Navigation, 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

Castlelaw Hill. So hilly they named it twice

Castlelaw Hill is one of the more accessible peaks in the Pentlands, for reasons both ancient and modern. The ancient reason is that there is an earth house (aka souterrain) within a series of defensive ramparts and ditches. One modern

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Posted in Pentlands, Scotland

Book Review: Mountains: Scotland’s Living Landscapes

Mountains: Scotland’s Living Landscapes. Scottish Natural Heritage. 2002 An attractive booklet with many colour photographs, clear text and a smattering of illuminating quotations. The introductory section summarizes the geological events that produced the different rock types, within a nod to

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Posted in Book reviews, Books, Geodiversity

Edinburgh Geological Walk Two: Local Geodiversity sites in the East End

The second local walk in Edinburgh Hills of Hame will be running is a more general walk linking sites between Calton Hill and St John’s Hill, which can be linked with the Pavement Palaeontology walk into 4-6 hour walk. Local Geodiversity

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Starting Edinburgh Geological Walks mid-August

The main aim of Hills of Hame is to take people out to more remote areas but urban geology in Edinburgh is great too. The guides will go up on the site here for people to look at, and use

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Posted in Geological Walks, Geological Walks (low-level), Uncategorized
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