For this year’s holiday we booked a week in a comfy hotel in Gairloch, out on the distant northwest coast of Scotland. It really is distant, too: it takes as long to get there from Edinburgh as it does to get to North Wales. I was quite excited about the trip, partly because the areaContinue reading Geology tourism: the distant north west.
Moel Hiraddug is a small limestone hill in eastern North Wales, better known as “that hill near Dyserth with the huge quarry in it.” Although the geology is different, Moel Hiraddug resembles Traprain Law in having had a substantial fraction of itself removed by quarrying. It is easily visible from various major roads around Rhuddlan,Continue reading A classic lump, or what is left of it
I went down to the Lake District for a few days camping and hill-walking; the weather was splendid for two whole days. After that, we decided to come home a day early as the weather was clearly going to get nasty. (Isn’t weather forecasting wonderful?) I climbed Harter Fell one day and Dow Crag onContinue reading How wide is the Isle of Man?
My stroll down to the harbour in Dunbar took me to this odd little building, used nowadays as the harbourmaster’s office. Its original purpose is hinted at by the stone plaque above the window … … which shows that it was built by the Ordnance Survey. Now the OS have better things to do thanContinue reading Tide gauge
I have been dutifully reading my rain gauge for over a year now, and I trotted out this morning to ensure that I made the last reading of 2020 before 9:00 on 1 January. As I now have a whole calendar year of data I decided to plot it up to see how it comparedContinue reading Rain: the 2020 report
It was nice to spend a day working at the University, shortly before it closed down for Christmas. The reason I dragged myself in was that, as partial recompense for missing the field trip, we hope to give the 4th-years a couple of days in the field during the reading week in the middle ofContinue reading Dusting off the gear: ERT
A few years back, I posted about the ascent of a very small hill in Cornwall. At the time, I wrote that it had the claim to fame of being the most westerly hill in Britain. In fact, a cast iron sign on the hill announces the claim : I was reminded of this whenContinue reading Grids and tripwires
New Scientist published my reply to a question in their “Almost the last word” column. Hooray: I can tell my line manager that I did an outreach thing. The question was “I have seen many double rainbows, but can you get triple or quadruple ones?” The magazine have edited my answer down to remove someContinue reading Rainbows in New Scientist
The teaching year at the University of Edinburgh is properly under way now, but what an odd year it is. I have only seen students in the flesh for one brief outdoor class; all the rest of my teaching has been done remotely. For most of the classes it may not be much of aContinue reading Gravity: last year’s data, this year
I escaped from my house for a week’s holiday. It felt rather odd, even though I was only in a cottage in the village of Butterstone, near Dunkeld. The village is just on the northwest side of the Highland Boundary Fault zone: the rocks to the south and east are Devonian sandstones similar to thoseContinue reading Conlan Hill (and its neighbour)