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Spireslack open-cast mine

Saturday, 6 July 2024
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Graham Leslie & Mike Brown

A visit to Spireslack and Mainshill Wood surface coal mines to examine spectacular exposures of Carboniferous strata on a scale not seen anywhere else in the United Kingdom. There is a moderate walk of around 2.5 miles to reach the mine with regular intervals to stop and look at the geology along the way. There are loose scree slopes which could be slippy.

Hard Hats and walking boots essential
Sturdy walking boots with good grip and foot and ankle support are needed. Wear appropriate clothing to account for Scottish weather changes (i.e. bring waterproofs!).
Limited hammering may be permitted by the leaders, using geological hammers only; eye protection strongly recommended.
A packed lunch will be required.

16 seat minibus leaving the Molema Building at 9:00 am, returning around 5 pm.
We will be setting off at 10:30 am from Glenbuck Heritage village, Muirkirk KA18 3SB (limited parking);
returning to coach around 3:30 pm

Toilets are not available on site. There is a cafe in Muirkirk, 8 min drive from Glenbuck village.

Level 3: Moderate. Suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness.

Members: £25; non-members: £35
Please note that the price stated also applies if you take your own transport to the locality. This is the only fair way to guarantee your place as the number of participants on trips is limited. Please let us know if you intend to take your own transport to ensure that we know who to expect at the departure point.