New walking guide reveals Northern Ireland’s geological wonders

Date published: 25 August 2017

The Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI) has launched its new book, ‘Rambling on the Rocks: Walking Northern Ireland’s Natural Landscape’ at a family fun day in Belfast’s Colin Glen.

‘Rambling on the Rocks: Walking Northern Ireland’s Natural Landscape’

The book aims to take walkers on a geological journey across all of Northern Ireland’s well-known, and some lesser known, natural landscapes.

Published as part of GSNI’s 70th anniversary celebrations, the book contains 20 walks in total; three in each county and two in Belfast, graded to cater for all abilities and highlighting the very best of Northern Ireland’s natural landscapes. Each walk has been illustrated with exceptional photography from renowned local photographers Esler Crawford, Alistair Hamill and Chris Hill.

Outlining the main aims and ethos of the book, Dr Marie Cowan, Director of the GSNI commented: “The new walking guide shares with the public some of the wonderfully diverse natural landscapes of Northern Ireland. We are very fortunate to have some of the most diverse geology in the world, and the guide provides information on just how special these landscapes are. The guide not only includes walks from across Northern Ireland, but also gives practical information such as where to park or get refreshments.”

Packed full of interesting information on history, archaeology, plants, wildlife and folklore the book contains walks featuring many famous natural landscapes of Northern Ireland such as the Giant’s Causeway along with some not so famous landscapes allowing the reader to explore new locations.

The new book is now available with an RRP of £7.99 directly from GSNI, and all major book stores.

Notes to editors: 

The GSNI is part of the Department for the Economy (DfE) Northern Ireland. It is staffed by scientists of the British Geological Survey (BGS) under contract to DfE, which allows GSNI to call upon expertise from other parts of the BGS. As the regional source of geological information, GSNI advises industry, local government and the public on a range of geological matters, and provides geoscience information and services to inform decision-making.

The book is authored by a team at the GSNI including Dr Kirstin Lemon, Landscape Geologist, Dr Mark Cooper, Chief Geologist for Northern Ireland, and Alex Donald, Information Delivery and Design.

For further information, please contact DfE Press Office on 028 9052 9604. Out of office hours, please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974383 and your call will be returned.

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