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Guided Geo-walk in the footsteps of Edinburgh's great philosopher and thinker, James Hutton

​​​​​​​Guided walk through Edinburgh city centre, in the footsteps of Edinburgh's great philosopher and thinker, James Hutton - the founder of modern geology.

Friday 15th July

Meeting at 10.55am for an 11am start on Chambers Street

Finishing at 1pm.

We'll consider the great geological processes that have created the landscape of today's Edinburgh and discuss how Hutton understood that this landscape was, in a geological sense, temporary and ever-changing. Hutton's perspective helps us to appreciate how geology affects our everyday lives, and how human interaction with the planet is setting the scene for profound changes in the coming decades and centuries.


This will be a gentle walk of about 2 miles, through city centre streets and good paths in Holyrood Park. There are some steps and gentle inclines - see route map here The pace will be slow, with plenty of stops and there are options for a shorter walk if you prefer. The first half of the walk has good accessibility for people using wheelchairs or prams, with some minor detours to avoid steps. All welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and places must be booked in advance.

Meeting point on Chambers Street will be confirmed by email to all registered participants. We will finish in Holyrood Park at around 1pm (feel free to BYOP - bring your own picnic!) This walk will be led by geologist Angus Miller of Geowalks.

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July 15th, 2022 11:00 AM through 1:15 PM