GeoConservation Publications

Our three GeoConservation groups publish leaflets and posters covering different areas and sites of interest.


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Lothian and Borders GeoConservation Leaflets

Paper copies of many of these leaflets are available through the post - see the Leaflets Order page. You can also visit the Geology Action pages for leaflets published in association with Girlguiding East Lothian.

Geology Walk at Vogrie Country Park

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.

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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.

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Pentland Rocks, a guide to the volcanic rocks of the Pentland Hills.

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James Hutton, a man ahead of his time

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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 Cramondís geological history which has shaped the landscape we see today.

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The Esk Valley - explore Scotlandís geological journey. 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.

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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.

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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.

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North Berwick's scenery is formed from a variety of volcanic rock types formed around 340 million years ago.

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Guide to the Water of Leith at Stockbridge, Edinburgh.

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Guide to the Water of Leith at Redhall, Edinburgh, including local sandstone quarries.

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Guide to the fossils found along the shore at Barns Ness, near Dunbar in East Lothian.

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Craigleith Quarry - Edinburgh's largest quarry is mostly filled in, but this leaflet guides you to the remains of the quarry face.

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Corstorphine Hill, west Edinburgh - this scenic site contains geology (dolerite sill with sedimentary exposures), walks with panoramic views and some archeology thrown in!

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Craiglockhart and Edinburgh's Seven Hills

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An introduction to the Stones of Scotland sculpture in Regent Road Park, Edinburgh, made of stones from each of Scotland's 32 Local Authorities

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Joppa Shore, Edinburgh. Written by Lindsay Wilson as a final year project of her geology degree at Edinburgh University.

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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.

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The Geology of the Water of Leith, Edinburgh. Written by Emma Skelley as a final year project of her geology degree at Edinburgh University.

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Ravelston Woods, Edinburgh

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Guide to Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill, Edinburgh

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Teachers Guide prepared by Edinburgh University student Rob Askew.
Questions (students | teachers)

Witch Craig Wall, West Lothian - a viewpoint near Bathgate, constructed with representative Scottish stone, labelled and with a display panel on the landforms visible on a really good day!

A3 pdf version (1.9 MB)

Auchinoon Brae is a prominent feature of the A70 road about 12 miles east of Edinburgh, and affords a beautiful vantage point to the Pentland Hills.

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Petershill Wildlife Reserve, West Lothian - A limestone reef and a SSSI near Bathgate. This was a lime quarry in the mid 18th C, later a drinking water reservoir.

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Binny Craig, West Lothian - A prominent landmark, and an example of landform shaping , a legacy from the last Ice Age. This is a crag and tail landform with many surrounding features associated with glacial retreat.

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East Kirkton Quarry, West Lothian - A small, disused limestone quarry and a SSSI near Bathgate. Unusual in that the deposit favoured fossilisation of land animals rather than those that lived in water. Collecting not allowed without permission.

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Lothian and Borders GeoConservation Posters

Screen-size copies of the posters can be viewed by clicking the link below. Close window to return to this page.

Lothian and Borders RIGS
Corstorphine Hill
East Lothian
Joppa Shore
Roslin Glen

Union Canal - Edinburgh
Union Canal - Falkirk
Union Canal - West Lothian
West Lothian Geological Heritage

 

 

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