What is special about Scottish Geology? I think the answers are quite simple. The country has an astonishingly variëd geological make-up in a small area, and partly for that reason is astonishingly beautiful. And marvellous work has been done on it by remarkable people, many of whom were not only great scientists but great writers too. Let me try to justify this outpouring of adjectives. Sit on top of the Sgurr of Eigg, or stand, if you can, against the gale. You are on top of the youngest volcanic rock in the country. You can see the Lewisian gneisses of...

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