You can download PDF versions of these leaflets for free from the links below, or by opening the interactive map on the right. The leaflets are handy to have for reference on your phone or tablet when you are visiting the sites. Where printed versions are available, you can order these within the UK for a nominal charge to cover postage.
Siccar PointFree Download (410 KB)Siccar Point, the world’s most important geological site.
James Hutton, father of modern geology, visited Siccar Point by boat in 1788, an event which led to a profound change in the way the history of the Earth was understood.
James HuttonFree Download (2.4 MB)James Hutton, a man ahead of his time
Barns Ness FossilsFree Download (853 KB)Guide to the fossils found along the shore at Barns Ness, near Dunbar in East Lothian.
Building Stones of Edinburgh’s South SideFree Download (1.0 MB)The Building Stones of Edinburgh’s South Side.
A walking tour of 38 buildings, walls and monuments of central Edinburgh, from George Square through the old town to the High Street.
Calton HillFree Download (2.9 MB)Calton Hill, central Edinburgh – A fragment of the Arthur’s Seat volcano, just beyond the east end of Princes Street. In addition to the extensive views around the city, the leaflet pinpoints interesting buildings and monuments in the surrounding area.
Canongate WallFree Download (1.5 MB)The Canongate Wall of the Scottish Parliament is embellished by a selection of Scottish rocks, some of which have Scottish texts carved into the face.
Corstorphine HillFree Download (3.1 MB)Corstorphine Hill, west Edinburgh – this scenic site contains geology (dolerite sill with sedimentary exposures), walks with panoramic views and some archeology thrown in!
Craigleith QuarryFree Download (1.6 MB)Craigleith Quarry – Edinburgh’s largest quarry is mostly filled in, but this leaflet guides you to the remains of the quarry face.
Craiglockhart and Edinburgh’s Seven HillsFree Download (1.4 MB)Craiglockhart and Edinburgh’s Seven Hills
Cramond - Geological HistoryFree Download (509 KB)Cramond village is located near the mouth of the River Almond in northwest Edinburgh. The village is well known for its rich history dating back to prehistoric times. Less well known is Cramond’s geological history which has shaped the landscape we see today.
Dunbar Geology WalkFree Download (335 KB)What makes Dunbar special? Why was this a good place for a town?
Dunbar owes its location to the local geology.
Explore the rocky coastline in this 4km long coastal walk.
Esk ValleyFree Download (550 KB)This leaflet introduces the story of coal and volcanoes, the varied rocks exposed along the River Esk and how the bedrock has been modified by ice and meltwater.
See also Cycling around the geology and geomorphology of Midlothian prepared by Dr Mikaël Attal, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
Joppa ShoreFree Download (335 KB)Joppa Shore, Edinburgh.
Written by Lindsay Wilson as a final year project of her geology degree at Edinburgh University.
North Berwick VolcanoesFree Download (474 KB)North Berwick’s scenery is formed from a variety of volcanic rock types formed around 340 million years ago.
Pentland RocksFree Download (693 KB)A guide to the volcanic rocks of the Pentland Hills.
Stones of ScotlandFree Download (1.7 MB)An introduction to the Stones of Scotland sculpture in Regent Road Park, Edinburgh, made of stones from each of Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities
Water of Leith - RedhallFree Download (242 KB)Guide to the Water of Leith at Redhall, Edinburgh, including local sandstone quarries.
Water of Leith - StockbridgeFree Download (474 KB)Guide to the Water of Leith at Stockbridge, Edinburgh.
Water of Leith - The GeologyFree Download (1.9 MB)The Geology of the Water of Leith, Edinburgh. Written by Emma Skelley as a final year project of her geology degree at Edinburgh University.