Excursion Guide to the Geology of East Sutherland and Caithness

Second Edition

Edited by: Nigel Trewin, Andrew Hurst

This book provides an overview of the geology of Scotland's East Sutherland and Caithness regions, and includes guides to geological excursions. This area contains many excellent localities that are popular for instructional field courses and recreational visits to view the geology and to collect fossils. The area is also popular with the oil industry as an onshore analogue for several offshore oilfield reservoirs. Excursions to the Devonian Old Red Sandstone of Caithness cover the major features of the Caithness Flagstones from the marginal unconformities, through fluvial, Aeolian, and playa deposits, to the deep lake laminites with world famous fossil fish faunas. In the Golspie-Brora-Helmsdale area, the Jurassic succession adjacent to the Helmsdale Fault is demonstrated, particularly the famous Helmsdale Boulder beds deposited beside an active submarine fault scarp. A further attraction is the opportunity to pan for gold at Kildonan. This guide, which updates the 1993 edition, is copiously illustrated with color photographs and diagrams.


183 pages

Publication Date: 9/17/2009
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781906716011