Testimony of the Rocks: Journeys through Time

  • Simon Cuthbert (Organiser)

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition


The Scottish Geodiversity Forum, the Isle of Luing Community Trust and the Friends of Hugh Miller, marked the launch of the new Atlantic Islands Centre on Luing, by chartering the sailing boat Leader in June 2015. The project builds on a recent initiative entitled Hugh Miller & The Cruise of the Betsey run by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Friends of the Hugh Miller and the Scottish Geodiversity Forum in 2014. The new Atlantic Islands Centre on Luing, celebrates the rich history, geodiversity and biodiversity of the Argyll islands. A major focus is the relationship between people and place, including how the underlying geology of these remarkable islands has shaped people’s lives over the millennia. For our journey in 2015, we recruited an intergenerational and interdisciplinary team of fifteen people (aged 21-76), to follow the ancient sea routes taken by travelers over the ages around Argyll’s Atlantic Islands. Three places for young Earth scientists were supported by the Glasgow and Edinburgh Geological Societies. The voyage, which began from Oban on the 20th June, took the form of a mobile conference during which participants had opportunities to broaden and deepen their appreciation of the Argyll islands geodiversity, but also to gain new and probably unexpected perspectives on the geology, landscape and people of this beautiful sea-bound realm. I was a co-organiser and co-leader on this voyage.
Period20 Jun 201526 Jun 2015
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Geodiversity
  • Atlantic Islands Scotland
  • Hugh Miller