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.
2. Mid-symposium fieldtrip: The Isle of May.
£40 – Includes cost of bus and boat. Please bring your own lunch and snacks.
Whole day fieldtrip: Two-hour bus trip to Anstruther, an old fishing village in the “East Neuk” of Fife. The boat trip to the Isle of May lasts about 5 hours, which includes around 3 hours on the Island. Then a further two-hour bus trip back to Edinburgh.The Isle of May lies 5 miles off the Fife coast and is an important National Nature Reserve owned and run by Scottish Natural Heritage. The island is a European Special Protection Area for breeding seabirds, and a Special Area of Conservation to protect its seals and the rocky underwater reefs around the island. It is 1.5km long with marked paths affording excellent views and spectacular cliffs on its south-west coast, where huge colonies of seabirds nest in the breeding season. The island has a long history of scientific study of seabirds, which began when the bird observatory was opened on the island in 1934. June is one of the best times to view the seabirds, particularly the 40,000 pairs of puffins which nest in burrows on the island and the Arctic tern colony. Around 150 seals are present throughout the year and there have been rare sightings of dolphin and minke whale in the summer months. The remains of a 12th Century Monastery built in memory of St Adrian martyred on the island by Norsemen in the year 875 can also be viewed, as can the oldest light house in Scotland dating back to 1636.
3. Mid-symposium fieldtrip: Hutton’s classic unconformity at Siccar Point and the Carboniferous geology of East Lothian.
£15 – Includes cost of bus. Please bring your own lunch and snacks
Whole day fieldtrip: One hour + bus trip to Hutton’s unconformity at Siccar Point and the Carboniferous geology along the coast of East Lothian.Siccar Point is famous in the history of geology as a result of a boat trip in 1788 in which James Hutton, with James Hall and John Playfair, observed the angular unconformity which Hutton regarded as conclusive proof of his uniformitarian theory of geological development. Gently sloping strata of 345 million-year-old Devonian Old Red Sandstone overlie near vertical layers of 425 million-year-old Silurian greywacke.
4. Mid-symposium fieldtrip - Arthur’s seat.
£5 – A three-hour walking excursion to view the geology of Arthur’s Seat.
Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Holyrood Park, situated directly behind the FORAMS 2018 Conference venue. The guided walk will leave from the venue and a leaflet on the geology of Holyrood Park will be provided.Arthur’s Seat rises to a height of 250.5 m (822 ft), providing excellent panoramic views of the city and beyond. The Arthur’s Seat Volcano is a site of special scientific interest designated to protect its important geology, grassland habitats and uncommon plant and animal species. It is an extinct volcano system of Carboniferous age (lava samples have been dated at 341 to 335 million years old), which was eroded by a glacier during the Quaternary. The volcano would have largely covered the area now occupied by the city of Edinburgh. Arthur’s Seat and the Salisbury Crags adjoining it helped form the ideas of modern geology. James Hutton was an Edinburgh-based 18th century geologist, who originated the theory of uniformitarianism—a fundamental principle of geology—which explains the features of the Earth’s crust by means of natural processes over geologic time. Hutton’s work established geology as a proper science, and thus he is often referred to as the “Father of Modern Geology”. Through observation and carefully reasoned geological arguments, Hutton came to believe that the Earth was perpetually being formed and recognised that the history of the Earth could be determined by understanding how processes such as erosion and sedimentation work in the present day.
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.
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”
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