Duration: 5 Days

Discover Scotland’s Geology

This itinerary is designed around the A-Level Geology syllabus but can be adapted to other subject areas. Scotland is a fantastic location for field study trips due to its accessibility and fantastic geology. This beautiful country has many areas where natural forces can be easily seen, and we have worked with Geoworks to provide tours that are adapted to a school’s curriculum. This means your students can benefit from a rewarding trip with education at the heart.

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All about the Discover Scotland’s Geology.

The Edventure Travel Package

All Edventure Travel trips and tours can be customised to your personal requirements, this sample tour is designed to give you inspiration for your own trip. When you are ready to start planning, get in touch and we can design a bespoke package tour for your group. We will always make clear what is included and excluded in your quotation.

Fully Protected

Your trip will be fully protected through our membership of the ABTOT and ABTA. Furthermore, Edventure Travel has its own ATOL licence ensuring that you have complete protection when taking a flight. Edventure Travel offers travel insurance that can be included in your trip to give you protection in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Customised for you

All tours are 100% customised to suit your group. We believe that every group should be treated individually, it’s your tour after all. If you want to add something that is not featured on our website just let us know and we will work with you to develop an itinerary to meet your needs.

Out of Hours Contact

In the unlikely event that you encounter problems whilst on tour, there will always be someone at the end of the phone to assist with any situation.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Return flights to Inverness
  • Executive Coach throughout
  • All travel when at your destination
  • Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
  • Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
  • Travel Insurance
  • Full Time Tour Director
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Single Room Supplements
  • Personal Expenditure
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Activities not mentioned
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Luggage in the hold of the aircraft
  1. Day 1 Arrival

    Flight to Inverness Airport and transfer to Ullapool.

    Arrive at your accommodation with  and optional field session (time permitting).

    Walk to Ullapool beach to collect and identify a selection of hand specimens. This beach is the distal end of a periglacial alluvial fan complex and thus contains a wonderful variety of rock types.

    Evening meal

    Class session 1 – Introduction to the course, health and safety, background to the geology of NW Scotland, sampling strategies and rock type ID.

  2. Day 2 Knockan Crag


    Class session 2 – Introduction to the Moine Thrust, rock types and stratigraphy.

    Field session 1 – Drive to Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, field identification, strike and dip, rock descriptions.

    Continue northwards to the Rockstop Cafe and visitor centre, talk by Dr Laura Hamlet about the NW Highlands Geopark, geoconservation and geotourism. Views of the Glencoul Thrust.

    Field session 2 – Drive back towards Ullapool and stop at Inchnadamph Hotel.

    Walk up the Traligill Valley, strike and dip measurements and rock descriptions, imbricate thrusts and karst landscape, dry valleys, sinkholes, caves.

    Return to accommodation in Ullapool and take an evening meal.

    Class session 3 – Tidying up field notebooks, relating field observations to a geological map, drawing a simplified cross section from a geological map.

  3. Day 3 Ullapool


    Class session 4 – Introduction to geological mapping and map reading skills.

    Field session 3 – Walk from Ullapool eastwards along the A835 to Parc Mhor, walk up onto the hillside.

    Geological mapping exercise, mapping exposures of Cambrian Quartzite, Fucoid Beds, Salterella Grit, Durness Limestone Group and Lewisian Gneiss.

    Mid afternoon – return to accommodation and spend some free time in Ullapool before your evening meal.

    Class session 5 – Drawing out geological maps, using a flow chart to identify hand specimens of metamorphic rocks, fabrics, discussion on sills, dykes and flows.

  4. Day 4 Clachtoll Beach


    Field session 4 – Drive to Scourie village and then walk northwards along a trackway towards Bealach an Eilein.

    Identifying the Scourie Dyke outcrops, rock descriptions, mineral ID. Discussion about the rock and you will use of a variety of sampling strategies to measure their orientation.

    Return to Scourie village.

    Field session 5 – Drive back towards Ullapool and go to Clachtoll via Lochinver. Identifying and field sketching the unconformity between the Lewisian Gneiss and Torridonian Sandstone on Clachtoll Beach.

    Drive to Stoer Village and walk along the coast to identify exposure of the Star Fada meteorite impact ejecta site.

    Return to Ullapool for an evening meal.

    Class session 6 – Plotting dyke orientation and statistical analysis of the orientation data (chi-squared text).

  5. Day 5 Return Home

    Early breakfast

    Transfer to Inverness for your flight home.

  1. Knockan Crag Scotland

    Visit Knocken Crag National Nature Reserve with Edventure Travel and discover this globally important geological site where your students can get excited about rocks and geology and where they will discover the amazing story of colliding continents and scientific intrigue. The low cliff of Knockan exposes rocks that set the scientific world ablaze in the 19th century with the discovery that a slice of old rock sits on top of much younger ones. The Moine Thrust, as it is known, was created by the force of two continents crashing together many millions of years ago. Explore the Reserve through the Rock Room, Rock trails Art, and the breathtaking scenery.

  2. Stac Pollaidh Scotland

    Treat your school group to a visit of the Northwest Highlands of Scotland and see Stac Pollaidh. This peak has many pinnacles and steep gullies and displays a rocky crest of chocolate-red sandstone. Climbing Stac Pollaidh shows off this area at its very best. You can traverse the relatively straightforward terrain, with just the final ascent being very steep to reach the ridge, to see the panoramic views over Loch Lugainn; the Summer Isles in the mouth of Loch Broom; the beautiful Inverpolly Nature Reserve; and the peaks of Assynt. You might even spot a golden eagle or red deer!

  3. Clachtoll Beach Scotland

    Clachtoll Beach is an unspoilt paradise in the Highlands with its rugged terrain, including the Split Rocks. Your group will be impressed with the beutiful white sands and tranquil turquoise water and they can enjoy the stunning mountain views from the headlands at either end of the beach. Your students can learn about the wildlife, geology and history of the beach in the ranger’s hut.

  4. Edinburgh Castle Scotland

    When your group visits Edinburgh Castle, they will discover how it dominates the skyline of Scotland’s capital city from its position on the Castle Rock. Your students can discover the Royal Palace or Mons Meg or the Scottish National War Memorial.  They can visit the magnificent Great Hall with its wooden roof and giant beams resting on stones with heads and symbols, and see the displays of weapons, armour, swords, shields and the famous Lochaber axe which was feared by all!

  1. Self-development

    This trip offers students the opportunity to develop their independence and self-confidence by putting themselves into a new environment.

  2. Social Interactions

    School trips can offer the opportunity for students to develop their relationships and interactions with others.

  3. Enthusiasm

    This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.

  4. Knowledge and Perspective

    Personal experience and close interactions with these locations can help students understand the subject and put it into perspective.

  5. Pupil Engagement

    A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.

  6. Team Building

    Students will work together in an unfamiliar environment and rely on each other for help.

  7. Hands-on Learning

    Educating through a school trip can create a better understanding of a subject with hands-on learning. Students are engaged, enthusiastic and observant.

  8. Geography

    Discover the Geological features of this amazing country where students will see the power of earths natural forces.

  9. Science

    Inspire students with interactive science attractions on this tour.

All our accommodation is provided through tried and tested suppliers that work well with different types of groups, including schools, colleges and social groups. We work with our agents in each country to provide the best accommodation suited to your group. This can depend on the time of year that you travel, your group size and type, the cities that you will travel to, accessibility and price. We will always discuss with you what your preferences are and give examples of the accommodation that we can offer.