SUMMER PROGRAMME 2022 Saturday 30th April DOWN TO EARTH - GSI EXPLORING IRELAND'S GEOLOGY Collins Barracks, Dublin IO 14206 34450 53.348180 -6.285814 Leader - Karen Parks Train – 8am from Lanyon Place then Luas from Connelly St to Collins Barracks Or meet at Barracks at 11am Afternoon walking tour finishing at Oscar Wilde statue, Merrion Square IO 16575 33687 53.340811 -6.250539 Limited to 25 places To book your place please email the Excursion Secretary at NB please book place irrespective of travel plans No café facilities at Collins Barracks See: History/Exhibitions/Down-to-Earth Saturday 14th May BALLINTOY GEOLOGY Part of GeoWeek 2022 - see: This is focus on practical field geology – learn how to make a geology map Leader - Karen Parks Meet at Ballintoy Harbour car park at 10.30am. ID 03745 45285 55.243649 -6.369672 To book your place please email the Excursion Secretary at Saturday 4th June CARRICKFERGUS MUSEUM (morning) and GLENOE WATERFALLS (afternoon) Leader - Ian Enlander CARRICKFERGUS MUSEUM Meet at Carrickfergus Museum (Antrim Street) 10am. The museum will be hosting an exhibition about the Carrickfergus salt industry. Limited to 20 places To book your place please email the Excursion Secretary at Access for the morning at Carrickfergus museum will be via the entrance on Antrim Street through the 'Hanging Gate' (and not the glass fronted entrance at the de Courcy centre) - the gate is in the stone wall. We will meet up in the courtyard area. GLENOE (no limit on numbers) Meet at Glenoe car park (National Trust), Waterfall Road, Glenoe 2pm. IJ 39452 96845 54.800065 -5.832285 facilities at Carrickfergus museum – no facilities at Glenoe Saturday 11th June DERRY CITY GEOLOGICAL WALKING TOUR. Leaders - William Lynn, Karen Parks Meeting 11.00am at the Guild Hall IC 43604 16897 54.997647 -7.319435 Train option - free shuttle bus from railway station to the Guild Hall Limited to 20 places To book your place please email the Excursion Secretary at From Belfast, a train departs Lanyon Place station at 08:20 am. But in case there’s a change to this time please check at Monday 18th July CULTRA (joint BFNC/BGS trip) Leader - Mike Simms No limit on numbers – no booking required Meet 7pm at the top of the steps down to the beach at the eastern end of Seafront Road, Cultra IJ 41293 80849 54.655965 -5.811437 Saturday 23rd July BOAT TRIP CANCELLED because of adverse weather forecast, refunds will be arranged. Portmuck, Isle of Muck and Gobbins Cliffs. Trip will last approx 3 hours and is of course weather dependant Leader - Ian Enlander Wednesday 10th August      PLEASE NOTE NEW ARANGEMENTS!  BUS TRIP TO MURLOUGH BAY AND FAIR HEAD An opportunity to learn about geological field mapping. Cost approximately £10.  Payable on bus. Anyone intending to travel on this trip must contact the Summer Excursion secretary to ensure they have booked a place for travelling in the minibus. As we are hiring the minibus from Portadown, the minibus will be going direct to the Dunsilly Park and Ride carpark (54.746221, -6.235064 <map>), departing from there at 10:10am. This is NE off the big roundabout where the Ballymena A26 leaves the M2/M22.  Please bring a packed lunch and drinks/flask. We will be having a comfort stop at the toilets at the Ballycastle Harbour carpark behind the ferry terminal (55.208165, -6.242166 <map>) and the people who are travelling from other locations and not getting on the minibus can join us at this location. We will be there at 11.00am. You can join the minibus at that location and we will be travelling to Murlough Bay first. There are no toilets at the Murlough Bay area. We will be looking at the igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and will be able to look at the evidence for mining in the area. We will have lunch on the Murlough bay side and then return to Ballycastle and visit the North Star Feature, Colliery bay and Pan's Rock and finish with a coffee stop in Ballycastle before returning to Belfast for 6.00pm approximately. Waterproofs and appropriate footwear should be worn.  We will be on tracks and will be parking at the base of Murlough Bay so there will be no long downhill or uphill walks. _ Saturday 3rd September GARRON PLATEAU AND THE ANTRIM COAST ROAD Peatland conservation on the Garron Plateau Leader: Raymond Flynn QUB Minibus will be used - details tbc Sunday 18th September CAVANACAW GOLD MINE Details tbc back to top Home NEWS Winter Summer Links Resources Archive About Contact Galleries