Fieldtrips

The pre-symposium field trip will take place the week before the meeting, approx. 13 -17 June 2018.

All mid-symposium field trips are on Wed 20th June 2018. It is NOT possible to book multiple trips for the day. PLEASE ONLY BOOK ONE MID-SYMPOSIUM TRIP.  Accompanying person(s) can join their host on the same field trip.

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[accordion-item title=”1. Pre-symposium fieldtrip: Geology of Scotland.”]
£450 – Includes cost of bus, field guide booklet and hotel accommodations with breakfast.

More details to follow soon.

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[accordion-item title=”2. Mid-symposium fieldtrip: The Isle of May“]
£40 – Includes cost of bus and boat.

Please purchase your own lunch and drinks before departing from the Pollock Halls!

There is unlikely to be time to shop on arrival in Anstruther before embarking on the ferry. You should be at the corner of St Leonard’s Hall for 9:00 am. Please do not be late, as timing is very tight to make the sailing time. Names will be ticked off on a participants list and in doing so, please note the disclaimer below. The coach will depart no later than 09:15 and cannot wait for latecomers! It is scheduled to arrive at Anstruther at 11.15 am. The May Princess ferry sails at 11.45 am and you should be at the quayside ready to embark no later than 11.30 am.

There are public toilets at the harbour and there is a toilet on the boat. The weather can be cold, and you should bring warm and waterproof clothes. The island has rough paths, so appropriate outdoor footwear should be worn. There is a covered visitor area on the island with toilets but there is no café! It is possible to get drinks and snacks on the May Princess ferry. Additional information is available on the ANSTRUTHER PLEASURE CRUISES website

The sailing takes approximately 1 hour and weather permitting we expect to have about 3 hours on the island. We will be met by the Scottish Natural Heritage wardens who look after the National Nature Reserve. Please follow their safety instructions and keep to the paths. Information about the island is provided in the leaflet and the accompanying island map. The May Princess ferry returns at 16:45 and the bus will leave Anstruther at 17:00. The bus will arrive back at the Pollock Halls at approximately 19:00.

Disclaimer: Although we have taken all reasonable precautions, the organisers of FORAMS 2018 will not assume any responsibility whatsoever for damage or injury to delegates or their property during this fieldtrip. Participants have been advised to arrange their own personal travel and health insurance.

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£15 – Includes cost of bus. Please bring your own lunch and snacks

Please purchase your own lunch and drinks before departing from the Pollock Halls. There will not be any possibility of buying food and drinks until late afternoon at North Berwick.

You should be at the front of the Pollock Halls Reception Centre for 08:45 am. Please do not be late. Names will be ticked off on a participants list and in doing so, please note the disclaimer below. The coach will depart no later than 09:00 am and cannot wait for latecomers! The first stop with be Siccar Point and the second stop Catcraig/Barns ness. Please refer to the field guide for information. The last stop will be the North Berwick Sea Bird centre http://seabird.org/. The weather can be cold, and you should bring warm and waterproof clothes. There are rough paths and steep slopes, so appropriate outdoor footwear should be worn.

Please follow the safety instructions and field trip leader’s guidance at all times. The bus will arrive back at the Pollock Halls at approximately 18:00.

Disclaimer: Although we have taken all reasonable precautions, the organisers of FORAMS 2018 will not assume any responsibility whatsoever for damage or injury to delegates or their property during this fieldtrip. Participants have been advised to arrange their own personal travel and health insurance.


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£5 – A three-hour walking excursion to view the geology of Arthur’s Seat.

You should meet inside the Pollock Halls Reception Centre for 09:45 am and the walk will start at approximately 10:00 am. Please do not be late. Names will be ticked off on a participants list and in doing so, please note the disclaimer below. For additional information, please refer to the booklet: A Geological Guide to Holyrood Park, which you will be given by your leader Dr Mark Wilkinson. The weather can be cold, and you should bring warm and waterproof clothes. There are rough paths and steep slopes, so appropriate outdoor footwear should be worn. The walk will finish back at the Pollock Halls at approximately 13:00.

Please follow the safety instructions and field trip leader’s guidance at all times.

Disclaimer: Although we have taken all reasonable precautions, the organisers of FORAMS 2018 will not assume any responsibility whatsoever for damage or injury to delegates or their property during this fieldtrip. Participants have been advised to arrange their own personal travel and health insurance.


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[accordion-item title=”5. Mid-symposium fieldtrip – Royal Yacht Britannia.“]
£20 – Includes cost of bus and entrance fee. A half-day fieldtrip.

 Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, is the former royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 until 1997. During her 43-year career, the yacht travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe. Now retired from royal service, Britannia is open to visitors, and permanently moored at Ocean Terminal, Leith, in Edinburgh.Britannia was decommissioned on 11 December 1997. The Queen is reported to have shed a tear at the decommissioning ceremony that was attended by most of the senior members of the Royal Family. Britannia is now one of the UK’s top evening events venues; Ursula Andress, the first Bond girl, celebrated her 70th birthday on board the Royal Yacht. A retired Rolls-Royce Phantom V state car, owned by the royal family in the 1960s, is on display in the purpose-built garage aboard Britannia. Other highlights of the tour of the five decks that are open to the public include the Queen’s Bedroom, the only bedroom of a living monarch which can be viewed (behind a glass wall), and the State Dining and Drawing Rooms, which hosted grand receptions for kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers throughout the world.
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[accordion-item title=”6. Mid-symposium fieldtrip – Edinburgh Castle.“]
£17 – includes entrance fee. A half-day fieldtrip.

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress, which dominates the skyline of Edinburgh from its position on Castle Rock.

Castle Rock is a volcanic plug in the middle of Edinburgh. The rock is estimated to have formed during the early Carboniferous period. It is the remains of a volcanic pipe, which cut through the surrounding sedimentary rock, before cooling to form dolerite. Dolerite resisted glacial erosion and protected the softer rock to the east, leaving a crag and tail formation.Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD), although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. From the 15th century, the castle’s residential role declined, and by the 17th century, it was principally used as military barracks with a large garrison.

As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Research undertaken in 2014 identified 26 sieges in its 1100-year-old history, giving it a claim to having been “the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world”
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[accordion-item title=”7. Mid-symposium fieldtrip – Whisky experience.“]
£37 – includes entrance fee to guided whisky tasting.

A whisky lover’s dream: an early evening tour, plus a guided nosing and tasting of four contrasting single malt whiskies followed by an extended viewing of The World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky.The tour includes:

  • Whisky barrel ride through the production of Scotch whisky
  • Introduction to the aromas in whisky
  • Guided nosing and tasting of four contrasting single malt whiskies
  • Extended viewing of the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky
  • Boxed crystal whisky tasting glass
  • Complimentary gift

N.B.: Please note that this tour is strictly for those aged 18 years and over
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