Leader: Dr Graham Leslie
The opencast coal site at Spireslack in East Ayrshire delivers a unique and stunning geological exposure.
The late 18th to mid-20th century industrial prosperity of Scotland and its urban development depended upon the extensive deposits of approximately 325 million year old Carboniferous coal, ironstone and oil shale. This site could be retained for a wide range of uses and re-developed during restoration to provide a rich visitor and/or learning experience of coal geology, the coal industry and a former way of life for previous generations of Scots. Imaginatively and constructively restored, Spireslack could deliver a unique, natural rock laboratory for industry and university training and research. BGS is working closely with the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust to find ways of doing so.
£20 deposit. This is set at a level to recover the anticipated costs of the trip. A small financial adjustment may be made on the bus on the day of the trip.