The rocks and scenery around Glasgow make it one of the finest regions in Britain from which to gain an understanding of geology, the science of the Earth.

The Geological Society of Glasgow was founded in 1858, and since that time has had a proud history of activity and achievement in the study of geology in Scotland. It is one of the senior scientific societies of the UK with many famous names, such as that of Lord Kelvin, listed as former presidents.

The Geological Society of Glasgow is a registered Scottish charity; its charity number is SC007013. The rules of the society are laid down in its constitution, and its business is conducted by its council.


From October to May, a programme of illustrated lectures is presented by speakers specially chosen for their ability to interest and inform their audience at all levels. Normally held on the second Thursday of each month, the meetings take place at 7.30pm in the Gregory Building, University of Glasgow, Lilybank Gardens.

Annual highlights include:

  • A celebrity lecture delivered by a geologist of international repute. Sponsored jointly by this society and the Edinburgh Geological Society, the lecture alternates its venue between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
  • Members’ night, when members give short accounts of their current geological interests or travels, and display their recently acquired specimens.

The lecture programme for the current session can be found here, and details of lectures given in previous sessions can be found here.

All meetings are open to anyone who wishes to come along.

Field Excursions

Field excursions are a particularly worthwhile activity of the society. During the spring and summer months, day excursions are made to localities of geological significance under the guidance of a leader who has special knowledge of the area being visited. One excursion is held jointly with the Edinburgh Geological Society. Residential excursions, lasting for a weekend or longer, are also arranged. In recent years the Society has visited the North-west Highlands, the Stonehaven Area, Southern Kintyre, Lorn and Mid Argyll, and islands as diverse as Harris and Lewis, Gigha, Islay and Madeira.

The day excursion programme for the current session can be found here, and the residential excursion programme can be found here.

Scottish Journal of Geology

The Scottish Journal of Geology is a joint publication of the Glasgow and Edinburgh societies. One volume, in two parts, is issued annually to Ordinary members. The majority of papers in the journal relate to aspects of Scottish geology, although papers dealing with topics of wider interest may be included.


The society’s library, housed in the Gregory Building, University of Glasgow, contains a wide variety of general and advanced geological books, journals and excursion guides. All are available for borrowing. Members are also entitled to join the university library. However, access to both libraries is currently suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Membership of the society is open to all who are interested in geology. In addition to the benefits described above, members receive:

  • Regular newsletters with details of the lecture, excursion and social programmes.
  • The society’s annual proceedings, which contain reports of past meetings and field excursions, with geological guides to the areas visited on some of the trips.

Details of how to join the society can be found on the Membership page.

Come along to our meetings and sample geology!