As a geology enthusiast and someone who is utterly fascinated by the many unique landscapes we have here in Scotland, I thought I would share with you all a different type of post. In this post I intend to share with you some of the most interesting places I have found for geology right here in our wonderful little Country. From the East Coast, to the North right back over to the North West Geo Park, Scotland really does have it all and we are lucky to live in a country where the layers of rock and history are so apparent and well preserved! This could be a massive post but I'm going to keep it quite simple and share my 3 favourite geological sites in Scotland!
My first spot is the cliffs of Arbroath. An area not heavily documented but abundant with rich sandstone cliffs that are surrounded by the North Sea. This beautiful walk along the coastline is easy to follow and takes your breath away with its natural land forms and untouched sea stacks, cliffs and original features in the landscape. This area is special to me as it's not far from my home in Angus so I've spent many a day exploring this area.
This specific nature trail follows the contours of the red sandstone cliffs which are always home to an abundance of sea bird species including puffin, guillemots and razorbills, I would recommend a visit to this area highly!
Duncansby Stacks, Caithness
|abundance of sea bird species including Puffin, Guillemots, Razorbill, Eider duck and of course the seagull.|
I've visited this epic places a few times now and it never disappoints. The walk along the cliff side where you are met with 'Thirle Door' and the 'Stacks of Duncansby' which stand proud against the harsh elements of the surrounding sea is a sight you will never forget. The geology here and features of the landscape are mesmerising.
The first is a rocky arch, the second a group of large jagged stacks that makes the area so unique and a geologist's dream. This is a spot you will want to savour, with a view that varies as you move along the clifftop path and see different alignment of the stacks and arch along the way! Freswich and the Ruins of Bucholie Castle, Caithness.
This place is one that many of you have probably never heard of and it is one that I was lucky enough to find out about because of a lovely local in the area. I'm so happy to share with you all this spot off the beaten path as the atmosphere, the geology, the ruined castle which clung onto the cliff edge which was built in the 13th century all contribute to this place being overwhelmingly impressive.
There are no sign posts for this place or road signs which make it even more special and a hidden gem to experience! It is perhaps just as well that not many people visit it as it's pretty dangerous and I wouldn't advise you to visit on your own! The castle stands on a cliff edge which lies out in the sea and drops down 100ft on either side. An impressive place and one of the most astounding landscapes I have ever had the pleasure of being able to experience. Plus, look at the textures and layers of the rocky cliffs, incredible!
I absolutely love sharing places with you all that are a bit off the beaten path yet equally inspiring!
In terms of geology in Scotland there is so much I can talk about yet I wanted to keep it short and simple and summarise my favourites, that doesn't mean there aren't many more ones I love though, I might do another one of these posts in the future!
Where are your favourite geological areas in Scotland? I would love to hear from you!
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