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Four day fieldtrip to the Fife Coast, Scotland – 27 to 31 July – 2019

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Date(s) - Saturday, 27 July 2019 - Wednesday, 31 July 2019
All Day


Fife has an amazing variety of sedimentary and igneous rocks in a stunning coastal setting and Angus Miller, whose passion is helping people explore Scotland’s geology, will be leading this fieldtrip.  You will be exploring sandy beaches and rocky headlands, all easily accessible from our base in Crail.  The rocks in this area formed during the Carboniferous period when this area was slowly subsiding in a rift valley.  Sometimes the area was covered in warm shallow sea, forming limestone stacked with fossils including crinoids and coral.  At other times, this was a low, swampy landscape fed by rivers flowing from the north with an equatorial climate, lots of vegetation and interesting animals.  Although the animals themselves are rarely fossilised, they’ve left their food prints in the sand and we’ll be visiting the trackways left by giant millipedes and an eurypterid.  We’ll also be exploring some very impressive volcanic vents and folded rocks.

Angus wants the fieldtrip will be flexible and informal so there’ll be time to visit different parts of the coast between St Andrews and Elie – all accessible by bus from Crail.

Accommodation will be at the Cailpie House – a large comfortable Victorian Guest House.

If you would like to go on the fieldtrip email Geraldine at to get more details and reserve a place.  It looks to be an absolutely fabulous four days.

You must be a Rockwatch member to go. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


Author: Helen Connolly

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