In a major coup for the island, Islay is hosting a conference next week on the unique geology of Islay, run by the Bolin Centre, Stockholm University. In a full programme of events, some will be open to the public, starting with two Climate Change Geological Excursions, and a talk about 'Snowball Earth' in conjunction with the Islay Natural History Trust. Details are as follows:
Tuesday 25th August 2015, 1-4 pm: Excursion from the Lily Loch to the Sound of Islay - Tillite features. Meet at layby near Caol Ila junction.
Wednesday 26th August 2015, 8 am: Excursion from Bunnahabhain to Bolsa/Rhuval, a full day's hard walking. Meet at Bunnahabhain, option of boat transport back from Rhuval (£20).
Wednesday 26th August 2015, 7pm: Illustrated Talk by Prof. Ray Pierrehumbert on the Stones of Islay: Unraveling the mystery of the time when all Earth froze over. Islay Natural History Centre, Port Charlotte. Admission £3 (£1 INHT Members) including refreshments.
In addition, in conjunction with the Museum of Islay Life there will also be a talk as follows:
Thursday 27th August, 7:30pm: Talk by Prof Steven Mithen on Ice Age Hunters and Neolithic Tomb Builders on Islay. The Laddie Shop, Bruichladdich Distillery.
And then on Sunday 30th August, to carry on the geology theme, our afternoon rAmble will be at Singing Sands near Port Ellen, where we'll be answering the question "Why do the Sands Sing?" Meet at 2pm at the cemetery car park, Kilnaughton. The usual small charge applies for this - £2 INHT members, £4 non-members, £10 families.
Should be a great week!