Discovering Shetland's Rocks and Landscapes

Ref: 3684

This class will explore Shetland’s geological story, beginning with an introduction to basic geological principles.

We will look at the major rock groups that have come together over the past 3 billion years to form ‘Shetland’s geological jigsaw’. We will also look at some of Shetland's geological sites in detail, both in the classroom and in the field, discovering how they formed at different times in different parts of the globe before making their way to their current position at 60 North. We will touch on how ‘Da Auld Rock’ relates to the wider Scottish geological context and why it is internationally important.

This class takes the format of 4 evening classroom sessions at Islesburgh Community Centre and 2 all-day weekend field trips.  The field trips will require a reasonable level of fitness, and you will also require your own transport, as transport is not provided.

Bring a notepad and pen for classroom sessions.

Bring a packed lunch and waterproof clothing, suitable footwear, water, sunscreen and any medication for field trips.

Tutor: Robina Barton
Venue: Islesburgh Community Centre
Duration / Dates: Wednesdays 23, 30 March, 6, 14 April 2022 (classroom sessions), Saturdays 9 & 16 April 2022 (field trips)
Times: Classroom sessions: 7pm - 9pm; Field Trips: 10am - 5pm
Cost: £96.60 / £49.30 C
  • General interest
  • Shetland heritage
  • Day Classes
  • Evening classes
  • The Scotish Goverment
  • Shetland Island Council
  • Learn Direct Scotland