Excursion guide to the Moine geology of the Northern Highlands of Scotland

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From: Strachan, Rob, Friend, Clark, Alsop, Ian, Miller, Suzanne (Editors). A Geological excursion guide to the Moine geology of the Northern Highlands of Scotland. Edinburgh :Edinburgh Geological Society, Glasgow Geological Society in association with NMS Enterprises, 2010.


Contents

Summary of the Moine geology of the Northern Highlands of Scotland

Moine geology of the Ross of Mull - an excursion Moine geology of the Ross of Mull. Itinerary A. Eastern limb of the Assapol Synform (1) - an excursion Locality 1.1 Viewpoint of the regional and local geology. Locality 1.2 Upper Shiaba Psammite with cross bedding and heavy mineral bands [NM 4425 1893] Locality 1.3 Shiaba Group lithologies; Tertiary intrusions and faulting. [NM 4452 1898] Locality 1.4 Folds within the Lower Shiaba Psammite. [NM 442 185] Locality 1.5 F2 sheath folds within the Lower Shiaba Psammite. [NM 4410 1841] Locality 1.6 Sedimentary and tectonic structures within the Upper Shiaba Psammite. [NM 436 183] Locality 1.7 Upper Shiaba Psammite cut by Tertiary dolerite. [NM 4365 1805]

Moine geology of the Ross of Mull. Itinerary B. Eastern limb of the Assapol Synform (2) - an excursion Locality 1.8 Geological viewpoint. [NM 4208 1884] Locality 1.9 S0/S2 relationships within the Ardalanish Striped and Banded Formation. [NM 4215 1882] Locality 1.10 Scoor Pelitic Gneiss. [NM 4214 1876] Locality 1.11 S0/S2 relationships within the Scoor Pelitic Gneiss; Tertiary intrusion. [NM 4231 1873] Locality 1.12 Top of the Lagan Mor Formation. [NM 4229 1854] Locality 1.13 Transition from the Lagan Mor Formation into the Upper Shiaba Psammite. [NM 4251 1834] Locality 1.14 F2/F3 relationships within the Ardalanish Striped and Banded Formation on the eastern limb of the F3 Assapol Synform. [NM 4165 1847]

Moine geology of the Ross of Mull. Itinerary C. Structure and lithologies within the Ardalanish Striped and Banded Formation, western linb of the Assapol Synform - an excursion Locality 1.15 Regional and contact metamorphism of the Assapol Group Moine. [NM 3753 1884] Locality 1.16 Migmatitic fabrics and polyphase folds. [NM 3772 1876] Locality 1.17 Garnetiferous amphibolites. [NM 3778 1870] Locality 1.18 Relationships between amphibolites and host metasediments. [NM 3805 1855] Locality 1.19 East verging F3 folds. [NM 3816 1837] Locality 1.20 F3 folds. [NM 3824 1832]


Moine geology of the Ross of Mull. Itinerary D. Western limb and core of the Assapol Synform - an excursion Locality 1.21 Hinge and eastern limb of F3 antiform. [NM 384 183 to NM 398 188] Locality 1.22 Discordant amphibolite and F2/F3 structures. [NM 3965 1864] Locality 1.23 Hinge zone of the F3 Assapol Synform. [NM 3980 1885 to NM 4100 1880] Locality 1.24 Contact metamorphic phenomena within the aureole of the Ross of Mull Granite. Distance is less than 1km, taking c.1 hour. [NM 365 217] Locality 1.25 Margin of the Ross of Mull Granite. Distance from Ardalanish and return is c.4km, taking 3 hours. [NM 3680 1765]


Moine geology from Fort William to Glenfinnan - an excursion Locality 2.1 Loch Eil shore section. Loch Eil Psammite intruded by amphibolites. [NN 057 784] Locality 2.2 Fassfern. Sedimentary structures within the Druim Fada Quartzite; microdiorite intrusions within the Loch Eil Psammite. [NN 0215 7895] Locality 2.3 Loch Eil road section. Calc silicates in Loch Eil Psammite; late granite veins. [NM 988 788] Locality 2.4 Kinlocheil. Psammites and hornblende schists of the Loch Eil Group; pelitic gneisses of the Glenfinnan Group. [NM 962 793] Locality 2.5 Callop road section. Flat lying Ardgour Granite Gneiss with S2 fabric and quartzofeldspathic lits; microdiorite sheet; D2 folds in flat belt. [NM925 794] Locality 2.6 Craigag road section. Amphibolites and ptygmatic folds in granitic gneiss. [NM 922 796] Locality 2.7 Allt na Criche road section. Low strain zone in centre of granitic gneiss sheet. [NM 919 799] Locality 2.8 Glenfinnan road section. Loch Quoich Line; minor intrusions; western margin of the granitic gneiss; steep belt. [NM 916 802] Locality 2.9 Glenfinnan road section. Loch Eil Group psammites within the steep belt. [NM 909 804]


Moine geology from Glenfinnan to Morar - an excursion Moine geology from Glenfinnan to Morar. High grade rocks of the 'vertical' belt - an excursion Locality 3.1 The Muidhe. Glenfinnan Group psammites, pelites and migmatites; pegmatites; microdiorite sheets. [NM 857 815] Locality 3.2 The Loch Eilt Antiform eastern limb. Glenfinnan Group pelites; Morar Group psammites and pelites; Sgurr Beag Thrust Zone. [NM 828 821 to 817 824] Locality 3.3 Morarian (= Knoydartian) pegmatites at Loch Eilt [NM 806 827] Locality 3.4 The Glenshian Synform and the Sgurr Beag Thrust [NM 789 828 to NM 777 830]

Moine geology from Glenfinnan to Morar. Western margin of the vertical belt and low grade rocks of the western 'flat' belt - an excursion Locality 3.5 The western limb of the Glenshian Synform [NM 7675 8236 to NM 7570 8260] Locality 3.6 The Ardnish Synform [NM 7478 8305 to NM 7401 8330] Locality 3.7 The Arnipol Slide Zone [NM7421 8370 to NM 7438 8430] Locality 3.8 The Upper Morar Psammite: Rhue peninsula [NM 1613 7842] Locality 3.9 The Upper Morar Psammite: Morar Bay [NM 1668 7933]

Moine geology from Invergarry to Kinloch Hourn - an excursion Moine geology from Invergarry to Kinloch Hourn, eastern end - an excursion Locality 4.1 Garry Quarry [NH 196 023] Locality 4.2 Coir’ an t Seasgaich [NH 076 035] Locality 4.3 Quoich dam spillway [NH 071 023] Locality 4.4 Quoich Quarry [NH 062 018]

Moine geology from Invergarry to Kinloch Hourn, Loch Quoich shore section - an excursion Locality 4.5 Loch Quoich shore section [NH 042 019] Locality 4.5 Loch Quoich shore section [1] [NH 046 016 to NH 044 017] Locality 4.5 Loch Quoich shore section [2] [NH 044 017 to NH 043 018] Locality 4.5 Loch Quoich shore section [3] [NH 043 018 to NH 042 019]

Moine geology from Invergarry to Kinloch Hourn, Quoich Bridge, westwards - an excursion Locality 4.6 Quoich Bridge [NH 015 041] Locality 4.7 Coire Shubh road section [NG 9668 0407] Locality 4.8 Coire Shubh Beag [NG 960 045] Locality 4.9 Kinloch Hourn to Skiary [NG 953 064 to NG 933 072]

Moine geology of Glen Moriston and Glen Shiel - an excursion Moine geology of Glen Moriston and Glen Shiel, Glen Moriston - an excursion Locality 5.1 – A887 road cutting. [NH 2864 1219] Locality 5.2 A887 road cutting [NH 2348 1115] Locality 5.3 Large quarry to the north of the Cluanie dam [NH 185 103] Locality 5.4 Loch Cluanie shoreline [NH 1230 1034]

Moine geology of Glen Moriston and Glen Shiel, Glen Shiel - an excursion Locality 5.5 Glen Shiel [NH 0266 1234] Locality 5.6 Glen Shiel [NH 006 135, NH 008 137]


Moine geology of West Glenelg and Loch Hourn - an excursion Moine geology of West Glenelg and Loch Hourn, West Glenelg - an excursion Locality 6.1 North Glenelg Bay [NG 809 205] Locality 6.2 Glenelg village [NG 8092 1921] Locality 6.3 Sandaig [NG 7680 1463 to NG 7706 1520]

Moine geology of West Glenelg and Loch Hourn, Loch Hourn region - an excursion Locality 6.4 Road section west of Arnisdale [NG 8320 1118] Locality 6.5 Crudh ‘Ard [NG 8464 0963] Locality 6.6 Corran to Rudha Camas na Caillin [NG 85 08] Locality 6.7 Loch Hourn [NG 8193 1181]

Moine geology of East Glenelg and Loch Duich - an excursion

Moine geology of East Glenelg and Loch Duich, East Glenelg - an excursion Locality 7.1 North of Glen More [NG 8397 2039 to NG 860 234] Locality 7.2 Between Glen More and Glean Beag

Moine geology of East Glenelg and Loch Duich, Loch Duich - an excursion Locality 7.3 Eilean Donan Castle [NG 885 254 to NG 8430 2445] Locality 7.4 Carr Brae to Loch a’ Mhuilinn [NG 8995 2445 to NG 9065 2480] Locality 7.5 Loch Duich roadside [NG 905 233 to NG 900 239] Locality 7.6 Loch Duich roadside [NG 9115 2260] Locality 7.7 Loch Duich lochside [NG 8845 2380]


Moine geology of Glen Strathfarrar and Loch Monar - an excursion Locality 8.1 Roadside just NE of North dam. [NH 2038 3938] Locality 8.2 Hillside just NE of North dam. [NH 2002 3895] Locality 8.3 Glacial pavement immediately west of South dam. [NG 1990 3884] Locality 8.4 Roadside outcrops west of the road. [NH 1996 3848] Locality 8.5 South of the Upper Power Station. [NH 1840 3772] Locality 8.6 Lakeside outcrops west of Monar Lodge. [NH 1988 4050] Locality 8.7 River section of the Garbh Uisge. [NH 2180 3927] Locality 8.8 Moine Lewisian contact north of Inchvuilt [NH 2294 3874]


Moine geology of Loch a’ Bhraoin, Braemore and Loch Broom - an excursion Locality 9.1 Allt Leacach [NH 177 768] Locality 9.2 Allt Breabaig [NH 156 752 to NH 166 723]

Moine geology of Loch a’ Bhraoin, Braemore and Loch Broom. Option A. Meall an t Sithe - an excursion Locality 9.3 Meall an t Sithe [NH 141 765] Locality 9.4 Meall Dubh [NH 103 748] Locality 9.5 Allt Teanga nan Caiseachan [NH 090 746 to NH 093 736] Locality 9.6 Loch an Nid [NH 085 733]

Moine geology of Loch a’ Bhraoin, Braemore and Loch Broom. Option B. Corrieshalloch Gorge and Loch Broom - an excursion Locality 9.7 The Corrieshalloch Gorge [NH 204 782 Locality 9.8 Loch Broom [NH 171 858] Locality 9.9 Loch Broom shoreline [NH 156 892 to NH 149 911] Locality 9.10 The Moine mylonites [NH 149 922]

Moine geology in South and Central Sutherland - an excursion

Locality 10.1 Oykell Bridge [NC 3859 0086] Locality 10.2 Glen Oykell [NC 3399 0512 to NC 3457 0613] Locality 10.3 Airde of Shin [NC 5219 1542 to NC 5297 1291] Locality 10.4 Creich Peninsula [NH 6400 8839 to NH 6504 8802]

Moine geology in South and Central Sutherland, Central Sutherland - an excursion Locality 10.5 Vagastie Bridge [NC 5324 2712] Locality 10.6 Loch Naver [NC 6288 4048 to NC 6537 3925]


Moine geology of the Moine Thrust Belt at Loch Eriboll. Transect 1: South Eriboll - an excursion


Moine geology of the Moine Thrust Belt at Loch Eriboll. Transect 2: Arnaboll - an excursion


Moine geology of the Moine Thrust Belt at Loch Eriboll. Transect 3: Kempie - an excursion


Moine geology of the Moine Thrust Belt at Loch Eriboll. Transect 4: Creagan Road - an excursion


Moine geology of Durness and Faraid Head - an excursion Moine geology of Durness and Faraid Head, Durness - an excursion Locality 12.1 Sango Sands, Durness [NC 4100 6740 to NC 404 685]

Moine geology of Durness and Faraid Head, Faraid Head - an excursion Locality 12.2 Faraid Head [NC 3925 6965 to NC 3785 7135]

Moine geology of North Sutherland - an excursion Moine geology of North Sutherland. The Melness area - an excursion Locality 13.1 The Melness area [NC 580 643 to NC 5850 6501]

Moine geology of North Sutherland, South and east side of Tongue Bay - an excursion Locality 13.2 Kinloch Broch [NC 5500 5282 to NC 553 531] Locality 13.3 Ribigill [NC 5618 5258 to NC 5860 5455] Locality 13.4 Coldbackie Bay [NC 6124 6053] Locality 13.5 Sleteil & Skullomie Harbour [NC 6281 6283 to NC 6180 6150]

Moine geology of North Sutherland, Loch Cormaic and Borgie peat cuts - an excursion Locality 13.6 Loch Cormaic [NC 6234 5858 to NC 6291 5766] Locality 13.7 Borgie peat cuts [NC 6380 5770]

Moine geology of North Sutherland, Torrisdale Bay - an excursion Locality 13.8 Torrisdale Bay [NC 6875 6089 to NC 6896 6169]

Moine geology of North Sutherland, Craig Ruadh to Glaisgeo - an excursion Locality 13.9 Creag Ruadh [NC 6970 6316] Locality 13.10 Farr Bay [NC 7147 6265] Locality 13.11 Glaisgeo [NC 7146 6360]

Moine geology of North Sutherland, Swordly Bay, Kirtomy Bay and Cnoc Mor - an excursion Locality 13.12 Swordly Bay [NC 7354 6355] Locality 13.13 Kirtomy Bay [NC 7413 6408] Locality 13.14 Cnoc Mor [NC 7567 6344]

Moine geology of North Sutherland, Port Mor to Portskerra - an excursion Locality 13.15 Port Mor [NC 7735 6547] Locality 13.16 Strathy road sections [NC 7992 6395 to NC 8127 6487] Locality 13.17 Strathy Point [NC 8282 6964 to NC 8340 6680] Locality 13.18 Portskerra [NC 8740 6644]

Moine geology of the Great Glen - an excursion Locality 14.1 Torcastle, River Lochy: northern outcrop [NN 135 791] Locality 14.2 Torcastle, River Lochy: southern outcrop [NN 132 786] Locality 14.3 View over Loch Lochy towards the Clunes Tonalite [NN 235 892] Locality 14.4 Loch Lochy shoreline [NN 255 918] Locality 14.5 Loch Oich shoreline [NN 304 985] Locality 14.6 Kilfinnan Burn [NN 277 957] Locality 14.7 Rosemarkie [NH 773 627 to NH 765 615]


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