Highlands, Lowlands and Coast: Tayside has it all! The counties of Perth & Kinross and Angus together with the city of Dundee lie across one of the great divides of Scottish geology. The Highland Boundary Fault separates the very old, deformed and metamorphosed Dalradian rocks of the Highlands from the mildly deformed Old Red Sandstone of the Midland Valley. Ice sheets eroded the mountains and left sheets of debris in the valleys. Great pioneers of geology such as James Hutton and Charles Lyell were inspired here.
Tayside Geodiversity, as a voluntary group, has closed. Much work has been undertaken by the group to review and assess the list of Local Geodiversity Sites, originally known as Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS). Many of these places can be important for educational purposes, scientific study, historical value, and for public awareness and appreciation of landscape and geology. All the information has been passed to the appropriate local authority planning departments.
Tayside Geodiversity information will be retained within the Tayside Biodiversity website: Geodiversity on the Tayside Biodiversity website