UNESCO Global Geoparks in the UK

The optional Post-Conference Field Trips to other UNESCO Global Geoparks are the perfect way to explore more of the UK before returning home after the GGN2016 conference. 

Below you can find information on the post conference field trips to the other UK UNESCO Global Geoparks. All aspects of these post conference trips are being arranged by the individual UK UNESCO Global Geopark hosts who will liaise directly with you regarding the additional cost/payment for the trip, the programme, suggested travel options to get to the host Geopark.

It will be your responsibility to book your onward travel from the English Riviera after the conference to the UK UNESCO Global Geopark of your choice and please liaise directly with the host UK UNESCO Global Geopark to confirm if accommodation is arranged as part of your post conference delegate fee or if this needs to be booked independently by you. Please also remember that your return flight home may need to be booked from another internal UK airport from that which you arrive at.

Please note that these trips are not being organized by the English Riviera as part of the GGN2016 programme and are not covered by the delegate fee.  If you tick the box during the registration process, you will be contacted separately by the UK Global Geopark you have selected.

North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark, Scotland 

Imagine being able to explore deep time, to touch some of the oldest rocks on the planet and listen as they tell their three billion year old history.

In the North West Highlands of Scotland you stand on the North Atlantic fringe of Europe, here the roots of ancient mountains have been exposed by time and ice to form a unique landscape.

The geology is incredibly complex in the North West Highlands, and for hundreds of years scientists have been trying to unravel some of the greatest puzzles on the planet.The North West Highlands Geopark will help you to unravel these for yourself.

These mountain sentinels on the horizon face the Atlantic Ocean, evoking a sense of place down through the generations. But it isn’t just the unique landscape or our ancient rocks that makes this tiny corner of Europe significant on a global scale.


For more information see the official website North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark

The Black Country Global Geopark Project, England 

The mining revealed the deeper geological story. Rocks of the Silurian, Carboniferous , Permian, Triassic and Quaternary Periods here tell the story of shallow tropical seas, steaming equatorial swamp forests, scorching deserts and icy wastelands. The Black Country contains some of the UK’s most important palaeontological sites and fossil collections, mining structures and industrial archaeology. The proposed geopark will showcase many of its finest geological, historical and cultural features and this trip will give a small ‘taste’ of our Black Country heritage and culture.

View the proposed tour itinerary HERE

For more information see the official website Black Country Geopark


The Black Country gets its name from the intense coal mining and related heavy industry that blossomed here between 1600 and 1960. The intense minerals related industries worked 24 hours a day and made this ‘A country black by day and red by night’ according to American Consul Elihu Burritt in 1868.

GeoMôn UNESCO Global Geopark, Isle of Anglesey, Wales

Explore the rocks and features of every tectonic situation on the Isle of Anglesey from constructive, destructive and conservative plate margins.

 It is also the place that first described melange and has the famous blue schist formed deep in an ancient oceanic crust.See also the largest copper mine in the world in the 18th/19th century and a wealth of glacial features. 

View the proposed tour itinerary HERE

 For more information see the official website GeoMôn UNESCO Global Geopark


Anglesey has every kind of tectonic plate margin and you will visit constructive, destructive and passive margin examples as well as the famous blueschist, originally seabed pillow lavas that descended 30-35 km down the trench at a subduction zone.

Shetland UNESCO Global Geopark, Scotland 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED. From the highest sheer cliffs in Britain to the best ‘hands on’ exposure of the Great Glen Fault, Shetland is packed with an incredibly varied geology spanning almost 3 billion years.

Where else can you walk on an ancient ocean floor, explore an extinct volcano and stroll across shifting sands in the space of a day?

Shetland’s easily accessible rocks and landscapes tell stories of oceans opening and closing, mountains forming and eroding, tropical seas, volcanoes, deserts, ice ages and ancient rivers.

Geology is literally the ‘bed-rock’ of every aspect of life in the isles, giving rise to a unique biodiversity and influencing human settlement patterns and activities from the arrival of the first settlers nearly 6,000 years ago right up to the present day.


Experience dramatic scenery, discover fascinating cultural heritage, and enjoy a friendly welcome at the most northerly point in the British Isles.

For more information see the official website Shetland UNESCO Global Geopark 

Lochaber Geopark, Scotland 

On Sunday, travel to the Ardnamurchan peninsula, the most westerly point in Britain with it's spectacular landscape created by repeated volcanic activity, glens carved out by huge glaciers, and rock formations that were once deposits on an ancient sea-bed.

Lochaber’s landscape is home to significant bird of prey populations, and we’re lucky enough to have exceptional numbers of breeding golden eagles in the area.

View the proposed tour itinerary HERE

For more information see the official website Lochaber Geopark


Lochaber has some of the most important geological sites in the UK. On Saturday explore Glen Roy, home to the famous parallel roads, the dramatic high mountain peaks and ridges of Glencoe and Glen Nevis, one of the most beautiful and spectacular glens in Scotland.

North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark, England


You’ll also be able to spend an evening at our Folk Festival, hearing local music and stories in villages with some of our most important mining heritage.

Come and spend some time with us up on the ‘Roof of England’ – meet our communities, journey through our landscape and uncover its rich and varied geology.

View the proposed tour itinerary HERE

For more information see the official website NORTHPENNINES

The North Pennines is regarded as one of the last wild places in England. There’s a 500million year old story to tell, of ancient tropical seas, deserts and deltas, molten rock, vast ice sheets and mines and miners.

To help uncover that story, you’ll be walking over the wild moors, exploring the landscape on electric bikes and going underground to explore the area’s world famous lead mining heritage.


Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, Northern Ireland

Explore the landscapes, lakes and legends of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.

By foot or on the water, overground or underground, mountain or lake, discover the best of what we have to offer and enjoy 900 million years of history that makes the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark so special.

Your day will begin with a trip to the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre and a guided tour of the Marble Arch Caves, the flagship site of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. 

Located in the SW corner of Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, the show caves attract around 80,000 people every year who come to explore the hidden underground landscapes that are common in this corner of the island of Ireland.

The trip will let you discover the best of what this part of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has to offer.

Download the full itinerary HERE See the official website for more information Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark

Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark, Wales 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Travel through nearly 500 million years of geological history and over 5000 years of human history to discover how our Geopark came to be.We will visit Waterfall Country – Wales’ own rainforest biodiversity hotspot – developed around Variscan faulting of a Carboniferous succession, the Black Mountain and the glacier carved Old Red Sandstone hills of Forest Fawr in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Bronze Age cairns and standing stones, Iron Age hill forts, a Medieval castle, tramways and mines from the Industrial Revolution too – each a legacy of our ancestors’ engagement with our layer-cake landscape. 

For more information see the official website Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark

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