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Pavement Palaeontology

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Alistair

2 hoursHosted in English
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Up to 6 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

Easy walk on the streets of central Edinburgh to find fossils in the building stones and pavements. Discover fish, ammonoids, plants and other fossilised critters and find out more about 'deep time' and the history of life on Earth as recorded in the rocks. Looking at buildings and the historic landscape of Edinburgh also leads on to stories about the social and cultural history of the city.
Other things to note
The tour does not require you to know anything about geology or fossils before coming along. Al is used to dealing with a wide range of clients from other geologists to people at science festivals.
Easy walk on the streets of central Edinburgh to find fossils in the building stones and pavements. Discover fish, ammonoids, plants and other fossilised critters and find out more about 'deep time' and the history of life on Earth as recorded in the rocks. Looking at buildings and the historic landscape of Edinburgh also leads on to stories about the social and cultural history of the city.
Other things to note
The tour does not requir…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Handouts about the sites

Meet your host, Alistair

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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I hold a Ph. D. in Palaeobiology (the study of ecology and evolution in deep time) and am a Chartered Geologist. During my research career I carried out research in the Smithsonian Institute Museum of Natural History, The Natural History Museum, London and The Natural History Museum, Berlin. I have run geological walks for a wide range of groups in various places in Scotland since going freelance in 2014. I also work as an outdoor leader and first-aid provider.
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Sun, 23 May
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Where you'll be

The Pavement Palaeontology tour offers the chance to find fossils in places around central Edinburgh. The sites themselves are all in public places but what Al offers is the ability to spot and interpret the fossils and examine them with magnifiers with a qualified palaeontologist.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 34 reviews.

Elsa
September 2020
Funny and very interesting tour. We had been walking on things we didn't realize. Alistair was very mindful of the people around us and made sure we could keep our distance to others at all times. We would definitely recommend this walk.
Mars
August 2020
Unique tour. Alistair pointed out things I would not normally notice. He had a passion for his subject and the history of the city.
Natalia
August 2020
Alistair es un geólogo escosés que sabe muy bien su tema. Es paleontólogo, experto en amonoides. Lleve a mi hijo de 8años y supo escoger el nivel para cada uno de nosotros. Conoce muy bien la zona y la visita la adapta para expertos o niños. Es una maravilla!
Alistair es un geólogo escosés que sabe muy bien su tema. Es paleontólogo, experto en amonoides. Lleve a mi hijo de 8años y supo escoger el nivel para cada uno de nosotros. Conoce…
Alexandra
March 2020
Amazing experience! I would recommend this tour to everyone. Alistair really knows his stuff and is very encouraging, giving you ways to continue learning after the experience.
Carin
February 2020
Interesting, well-thought out walking tour highlighting the geology of Edinburgh. We learned about history (wooden water pipes from the 1600s!), building practices, the Flodden Wall, as well as the ancient fossils captured in the city's pavements and building stones. Highly recommended.
Interesting, well-thought out walking tour highlighting the geology of Edinburgh. We learned about history (wooden water pipes from the 1600s!), building practices, the Flodden Wal…
Lois
February 2020
What a great experience! An excellent way to explore the city in a different way! I have been to Edinburgh on numerous occasions and was looking for something new. This walk was perfect because I saw things I had never noticed before. I would highly recommend the experience. Alistair is so knowledgeable about everything he showed us and very welcoming.
What a great experience! An excellent way to explore the city in a different way! I have been to Edinburgh on numerous occasions and was looking for something new. This walk was pe…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Clothing for active travel around the city; sunblock or wind/waterproofs as needed; drink and a snack if you like

Any prescribed or over-the-counter MEDICATION you might require