Ardross Castle. Photo: Angus Miller

The superb coastal exposures at St Monans demonstrate variety of Fife’s Carboniferous geology, and include the Ardross Fault which is well known for the number of volcanic necks along its length. We shall look at a section of the fault between St. Monans and Elie, and at the relationships between the necks, the fault, associated folding, and the host Carboniferous sedimentary rocks in the Pathhead Formation of the Strathclyde Group.

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Excursion title:

Volcanic Vents along the Ardross Fault

Date & time:

2nd June 2018

Finish time:

5.00pm

Leaders:

Rosalind Garton and Richard Batchelor, St. Andrews University

Excursion aims and description:

The Ardross Fault is well known for the number of volcanic necks along its length. We shall look at a section of it between St. Monans and Elie, and at the relationships between the necks, the fault, associated folding, and the host Carboniferous sedimentary rocks in the Pathhead Formation of the Strathclyde Group.

Transport:

Coach

Meeting point:

Bus stop on A917 eastbound side to drop off group. Loo stop in St. Monans then walk to St. Monans Church.

Cars to meet at St. Monans Parish Church car park (NO 522 015). From the A917 coast road turn south into St. Monans. Take the second right into Braehead. Follow this road SW, and at the end cross the wooden bridge into the car park.

Bus to meet group at the end of the excursion at the lay-by opposite Ardross Cottages on the A917 between Elie and St. Monans (NO 508 008).

Coach route:

A90 – Queensferry Crossing

Extra pick-up points:

Blackhall, Barnton and Ferry Toll Park and Ride

First locality:

NO 522 015 St. Monans Parish Church car park

Excursion route:

Coastal path from St. Monans to Ardross

Terrain, walking distance, height gain:

Coastal path, shingle and rocky beach. Level. 4 kilometres.

Specific or Medium- / High-Risk Hazards:

Medium risk – slippery rocks

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

Good walking boots with ankle support and good tread, walking poles if preferred.

Hard hats or Hi-viz clothing needed:

Hard hats for cliff section

May dogs be brought on the excursion?

No

Toilet information:

Toilets in St. Monans at the beginning of the excursion, Elie at the end.

Geological map sheet:

41 North Berwick

OS map sheet:

OS Explorer 1:25 000

Sheet 371 St. Andrews and East Fife

References:

Fife & Angus Geology – an Excursion Guide (Pentland Press)

Geology of East Fife. Memoir Geological Survey. Parts of Sheet 41 and 49. 1977