Discovering Shetland's Rocks and Landscapes

Ref: 3744

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 look at some of Shetlands 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.

Learners will need to bring a notepad and pens, and packed lunch, waterproof clothing & suitable footwear for field trips (plus water, sunscreen and any medication). The field trips will involve outdoor participation so a reasonable level of fitness will be needed. 

Tutor: Robina Barton
Venue: Islesburgh Community Centre
Duration / Dates: 4 weeks starting 11th October. Scheduled dates are 11th, 18th, 25th Oct and 1st Nov 7-9 plus field trips on Sun 23rd and 30th Oct.
Times: 1900-2100, field trips 1000-1700
Cost: £101.24, or £52.62 concession
  • Shetland heritage
  • Day Classes
  • Evening classes
  • The Scotish Goverment
  • Shetland Island Council
  • Learn Direct Scotland