Fieldtrip to Mull: 4th - 9th September 2017

The VMSG committee is pleased to announce registration will soon open for the next VMSG fieldtrip! VMSG fieldtrips offer an excellent opportunity for students and academics alike to get into the field with fellow volcanic and magmatic researchers. This year's fieldtrip will take an excursion to the stunning Island of Mull in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Mull was originally mapped by the famous BGS survey geologist E.B. Bailey and a host of others taking over a decade and a half to complete and resulting in the publication of the seminal BGS Memoir for Mull, Lochaline and Oban in 1924.

The igneous outcrops on Mull are truly world class encompassing the full spectrum of plutonic through hypabyssal to explosive eruption deposits and including some of the best exposures of Palaeogene volcanic deposits related to the North Atlantic Igneous Province in the UK.

As part of the VMSG fieldtrip, we invite you to join us in tracing some of Bailey's footsteps and to investigate a wide range of igneous and volcanic geology including:

1. The Ross of Mull Granite, mafic enclaves and wall rock interactions.
2. Emplacement mechanisms and petrology of the Loch Scridain Sill Complex.
3. Extrusive Palaeogene volcanism; (including volcanic facies analysis, geochemical stratigraphy, lava sediment interactions and a boat trip to the mythical island of Staffa).
4. Central complex intrusions.

The fieldtrip is aimed at the broad VMSG community and should be relevant for PhD or MSc students looking for additional field training, through to early career researchers and established academics willing to contribute to knowledge sharing and discussions, or simply those looking for geo-tourism with good company!

The fieldtrip is being organised by Kate Dobson (Durham), John Millett (VBPR / Aberdeen) and Janine Kavanagh (Liverpool) from the VMSG committee.

4 - 9th September 2017

Mon 4th: Arrive on Mull, 'Icebreaker'
Tue 5th: Staffa boat trip and Ross of Mull granite
Wed 6th: Loch Scridain Sill Complex at Scoor
Thu 7th: Carsaig Bay and Carraig Mhór
Fri 8th: Island tour, central complex, Calgary Bay, Tobermory
Sat 9th: Depart for home

Student - £300
Academic - £350

Travel on Mull and for the duration of the trip is included in the registration price. Attendees are expected to make their own way to Mull. The trip begins at Craignure (accessed by ferry from Oban). Getting to Mull is relatively straight forward, with good rail links from Glasgow to Oban and a regular ferry service from Oban to Craignure. Please bear in mind the costs associated with getting to Craignure are out with the trip fee. Pickups from Edinburgh and Glasgow may be arranged, please express any interest in this during your registration.

Accommodation from 4th-9th September is included in the registration fee and includes a mixture of single, twin and dorm style accommodation. Catering will not be provided, however, self-catering options are available (it is a good idea to do your food shopping before getting on the ferry!).

To reserve a place on the trip, please email either or

Registration opens 14th June (Payment due by 31st of July). Places will be filled on a first come first served basis (14 places open initially, confirmation will be given when your payment has been received).