General information about the Excursions Programme, including how to book, and the Code of Conduct and Safety Guidelines.

If you have any other queries, please contact the Excursions Secretary.

How to Book Excursions

You must book in advance for all excursions, as numbers are limited for safety reasons.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not running a coach for Saturday excursions. Please follow Scottish Government advice on car sharing. There is a charge of £5 per person for Saturday excursions, which is payable when booking. No charge for Wednesday evening excursions. Non-members are welcome to join the excursions – you need to create a free WebCollect account to book, but you do not need to be an EGS member.

Book online via WebCollect –

Please give your contact details, and a contact in case of an emergency (name, relationship and phone number). This information will only be used in connection with this year’s excursion bookings.

You must notify the Excursions Booking Secretary David Graham by email if you have booked an excursion and are not able to attend – numbers are limited and you may prevent someone else from enjoying the excursion.

If you have been on the waiting list for a Saturday excursion (cost £5) and have been offered a place on the excursion, you can pay for your ticket via WebCollect –

Code of Conduct and Safety Guidelines

It is important to realise that Excursions involve a level of personal risk, but that awareness of hazards, use of common sense and thought for others can greatly reduce this risk. Every participant on an Excursion has a duty of care and attention to all other participants and any member of the public.

During the current Coronavirus pandemic, all participants must follow procedures to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus between participants, and between participants and members of the public.

Code of Conduct for Participants. You should:

1. Be aware of potential hazards that may be encountered during the Excursion, and familiarise yourself with the information about hazards and control measures available in advance. For your own and others’ safety, you should exercise a duty of care and attention at all times.

2. Take all reasonable precautions to maintain your own safety and not endanger other members of the group, as directed by the Excursion Leader and in line with the Risk Assessment.

3. Before each Excursion, fill in the online booking form to confirm that you have received and accept guidance and information relating to hazards and control measures and this Code of Conduct.

4. Minimise the risk of transmission of Coronavirus by:

Before the Excursion

  • Do not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus, or if you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days. The main symptoms are a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of smell or taste.

  • Bring hand sanitiser, tissues and a bag to dispose of any waste.

During the Excursion

  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands). Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Dispose of used tissues immediately and wash or sanitise your hands afterwards.

  • Maintain a 2-metre distance between yourself and anyone you do not live with.

  • Face coverings are not necessary in an outdoor setting, but you can wear one if you prefer.

  • Avoid touching anything which has been touched by other people. If you have to touch e.g. a gate or stile, use a glove, tissue or sleeve. Hold gates open for other group members if possible.

  • Helping people avoid injury and giving necessary first aid gets priority over physical distancing. If you need assistance, it will be provided.

After the Excursion

  • Inform the Excursion Secretary, Ian Kearsley ( if you develop symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 within 14 days.

5. Wear clothing and footwear suitable for the Excursion.

6. Consider your level of physical fitness in relation to the itinerary described. The Excursion Leader has the right to refuse to allow you to participate in, or to continue in, the Excursion if your health or fitness, clothing or equipment gives rise to concern.

7. Listen to the Safety Briefing at the start of the Excursion and follow the instructions of the Excursion Leader at all times. It is important to stay with the Leader during all of the Excursion. Racing ahead or lagging behind causes problems of safety as well as making the Leader’s job more difficult.

8. Notify any problems immediately to the Excursion Leader. You should notify them if you wish to leave the Excursion early.

9. Do not use a geological hammer or collect samples.

10. Follow the Country Code e.g. close gates, leave no litter, and do not disturb wildlife or plants.

11. If you smoke, have consideration for others.

12. If you are responsible for children or dogs, keep them under control.

13. If you have a medical condition such as asthma, angina, diabetes, allergy etc, please inform the Excursion Leader at the start of the Excursion.

EGS Excursions: Low-risk Hazards & Recommended Control Measures (pdf file)

Excursion Guides

Some of the following excursion guides and booklets will be used for the excursions.  See Publications for more details.

  • Landscape Fashioned by Geology booklets cover most of Scotland, and are available as free PDF downloads from
    The series includes Fife & Tayside, Edinburgh & West Lothian and East Lothian & the Borders.
  • Lothian Geology – an Excursion Guide
    McAdam & Clarkson, 1996
  • Building Stones of Edinburgh
    McMillan, 2000
  • A Geological Excursion Guide to the Stirling & Perth Area
    Browne and Gillen, 2015
  • Scottish Borders Geology – an Excursion Guide
    McAdam, Clarkson & Stone, 1992
  • Fife & Angus Geology – an Excursion Guide
    MacGregor, 1996
  • Geological Excursions around Glasgow and Girvan
    Lawson & Weedon, 1992