SUMMER PROGRAMME 2021 Saturday 31st July. KILLARD POINT (Area of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve). 10:30 am at layby Mill Quarter Bay, north of Killard Point. Geog: 54.320475N 5.542925W OSGR: J 599 441 Heallth & Safety notice: uneven ground, slippery rocks, open water, falling rocks. walk of around 5km maximum – appropriate outdoor clothing & footwear. Leader: Dr. Michael Dempster Earth Science & Heritage Officer Biodiversity and Conservation Science Northern Ireland Environment Agency Saturday 14th August 2021 BLACKHEAD COASTAL PATH Whitehead, Co. Antrim 10:30 am at seafront car park, Whitehead (appears as Old Castle Road on Google Maps) 54.756145N 5.7030845W OSGR: J 479 922 Health & Safety notice: we will be sticking to the path with a few ventures on to the beach. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing & footwear. Walk is approx 4km (return trip). We will not be walking up to the lighthouse but folk are of course free to do that when we finish the excursion at Blackhead. Steep steps. Leader: Ian Enlander Saturday 25th September 2021 GIANT’S CAUSEWAY A new look at the Giant’s Causeway Leader: Mike Simms Numbers limited to 20, so book early to avoid disappointment Email secretary at to book places. As at 14 September we are fully booked.  If you’ve booked but find you can’t come, please let the secretary know ASAP so that he can reallocate your place. RENDEZVOUS - IMPORTANT Meet at 12.30 in the Giant’s Causeway Park & Ride car park, off Dundarave Park, Bushmills (Opposite The Bushmills Inn) 55.20759N 6.52312W C 94071 41052 From Bushmills we will car-share (Mike has permission for 5 cars to park on site), with the windows wound down, the short distance to the Giant’s Causeway.  Park in main car park. We will walk to the causeway (the shuttle bus is not currently operating). The trip should finish no later than 4 p.m. Health & Safety notice: the rocks may be slippery, particularly if wet, so good footwear is essential.  Other outdoor gear appropriate to the weather forecast. The lowest flow of the Causeway Tholeiites occupies a hollow on the surface of the underlying Lower Basalts, but what is the nature of this hollow? Was it really a river valley, as suggested more than 80 years ago, or is something else going on? We will examine the rocks exposed on the shore to either side of the Causeway to see if we can answer this question. _ Saturday 9th October 2021  BELFAST STORIES & STONES  Leader: Shirley Gray     Meet at 10.30am at the front of the City Hall at the statue of Queen Victoria.   Excursion will last 1.5 to 2 hours.   Numbers limited to 15 (priority given to members)  Please email secretary at to book.    Health & Safety notice: city location so traffic hazard – please take care.   Dress for the weather. back to top Home NEWS Winter Summer Links Resources Archive About Contact Galleries Illustration:  Natural Stone Database