Linn of Baldernock. Photo courtesy of Dr. Neil Clark

This joint excursion with the Geological Society of Glasgow will view the palaeontology and palaeo-environments of the rocks of Blairskaith Quarry, in the upper part of the Lower Limestone Formation of the Lower Carboniferous. The main limestone is the Blackhall Limestone Member, which lies above non-marine deposits of shales and sideritic ironstones of the Campsie Clayband Ironstones. The Neilston Shell Bed, a series of rusty shales, also shows marine influence. In between, unfossiliferous mudstones are thought to represent river muds. Concretions have yielded the river fish Watsonichthys. After a joint high tea the coach will return to Edinburgh about 7pm.

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Excursion title:

Blairskaith Quarry, East Renfrewshire. Joint with GSG

Date & time:

22nd June, 2019 9:00am

Finish time:



Neil Clark, Hunterian Museum/GSG

Excursion aims and description:

To view the paleontology and paleo-environment of the upper part of the Lower Limestone Formation.

Note: There will be a high tea at the Torrance Inn. A menu will be circulated a month or so prior to the excursion.


By coach from Waterloo Place 9am

Meeting point:

Parking for bus on Tower Road NS 595 751

Coach route:

M8 to Glasgow (Jnct 15); A803 to Kirkintilloch then A807 to Bardowie

Extra pick-up points:

Glasgow Road

First locality:

Quarry NS 595 752

Excursion route:

All within quarry

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:


Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

Slight risk of minor rock fall, uneven ground within quarry

Control measures required to mitigate against any Hazards referred to above:

Good walking shoes/boots and walking poles if used

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed:

Hard hats required if planning to approach quarry faces

May dogs be brought on the excursion?

Not suitable

Toilet information:

Not sure

Geological map sheet:

1:63,360 Sheet 30 Glasgow

OS map sheet:

1:50,000 Sheet 64 Glasgow

1:25,000 Sheet 342 Milngvie


Glasgow Excursion Guide Excursion 4