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5th January 2015

Website updated and new multimedia resources have been added.

Voyage planned for 2015

Testimony of the Rocks: Journeys through Time (20th-26th June 2015)

Inspired by the sea journeys of geologist Hugh Miller, the Scottish Geodiversity Forum (www.scottishgeodiversityforum.org ) and the Isle of Luing Community Trust (www.isleofluing.org/atlantic-islands-centre) have chartered the beautiful old sailing boat Leader again to follow the ancient sea routes taken by travellers over the ages around Scotland’s Atlantic islands. From the coracles of early Mesolithic people to Viking longboats and Cal Mac ferries, these journeys have been influenced by the rugged landscape & unpredictable weather. We are currently recruiting 14 people of all ages and backgrounds to join us on Leader from 20th -26th June 2015. At the heart of this journey will be the stories that reveal the relationship between people and place, but perhaps above all, the importance of the underlying geology of these remarkable islands in shaping people’s lives over the millennia. The cost for the week is £550 which covers full board including delicious home cooked food. No sailing experience is required. Some sponsored places may be available, especially for younger people. For further information contact joyce@scottishgeodiversityforum.org

We are interested in getting your contributions over the coming months.

22nd November 2014

Write right – Putting geodiversity into words’
Saturday 22 November 2014, 10am – 4pm
Grant Institute, Kings Buildings, University of Edinburgh
A one-day conference organised by the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

The conference was for anyone interested in writing and communicating about our geodiversity. Attended by around 60 people from throughout Scotland and beyond, the day ended with an inspirational presentation about the Betsey voyage from Rosie Bradshaw and Derry Wilkinson – the two students who were sponsored by the Edinburgh & Glasgow Geological Societies. Rosie and Derry cleverly used a mixture of slides, video and audio footage to transport the audience to the west coast to help them experience the Cruise of the Betsey.

7th to 9th November 2014

Betsey Reunion                 

Many of the Cruise of the Betsey crew came together for a weekend at the beginning of November. The reunion took place at Dundreggan Conservation Estate in Glen Moriston in the Scottish Highlands, which is managed by the charity Trees for Life (www.treesforlife.org.uk). The weather was stunning and it was an ideal venue to reflect on the project, to discuss outputs and to make plans for another voyage in 2015.

Under pines at Dundreggan

Under pines at Dundreggan

Looking down to the River Moriston

Looking down to the River Moriston








29th August

The launch of the Educational Materials

RSGS Education staff Joyce Gilbert and Rachel Hay, launched the Betsey project at George Heriots School in Edinburgh today. The school is located in the street where Hugh Miller and his family lived when he was editor of the Witness newspaper in the 1840’s.

Five P7 classes will be using the Hugh Miller Storyline written by Sallie Harkness of Storyline Scotland, which involves pupils working with us as co-researchers over the following 6 weeks. We hope to contact the school during our voyage via a Skype link.


Materials for older pupils have also been created.

22nd August 2014

A mention in the Scottish Parliament

*S4M-10868 Alison Johnstone: Hugh Miller and the Cruise of the Betsey—That the Parliament welcomes and expresses interest in the Cruise of the Betsey, a tribute voyage to the work of Hugh Miller, a self-taught geologist who undertook a similar voyage 170 years ago and is credited with discovering, on the Isle of Eigg, fossilised bones of the plesiosaur, an extinct marine reptile from the age of the dinosaurs; considers that the modern voyage, which is led by the Royal Scottish Geological Society and the Friends of Hugh Miller, is of value in inspiring young geologists and earth scientists, as well as celebrating the Hebridean islands’ landscapes, seascapes, and culture, and wishes all the crew of the vessel an enjoyable and informative voyage.

14th August 2014

You can follow the Leader on the AIS website.


9th August 2014

Website now up and running, as well as our social media.

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