Scotland is known for the wide range of rocks, fossils and minerals and it is possible to see a surprising number of these without leaving the City of Edinburgh. Dr Al McGowan, a geologist and palaeontologist, will guide you around six sites in the eastern part of Central Edinburgh of both geological and cultural significance with themes ranging from volcanoes to fossil fishes.
The tour starts at the Commonwealth Pool and finishes at the James Hutton Memorial Garden just off the Cowgate/Pleasance area. The tour lasts about 90 minutes and it is possible to alter the route for parties who would prefer to avoid long flights of stairs while still visiting all the sites. A preview of the tour stops is available at Local Geodiversity Sites
advance booking essential, click on here for dates - £15
the tour starts from the outside of the Commonwealth Pool at 21 Dalkeith Road EH16 5BB.