About Mull and its Geology


About Mull and Iona

Mull, (Muile or An t-Eilean Muileach in Gaelic) is the second largest of the Inner Hebrides. It lies off the west coast of Scotland, an approx. 45 minutes sail on the ferry from the port of Oban. It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its wildlife as well as its geology!. The Wikipedia entry below gives a lot of good information:

Mull (Wikipedia)



About Mull Geology


The Island of Mull is famous for its geology and has attracted the attention of geologists for hundreds of years. The complexity of the geology is well-documents and the reader is recommended to try some of the links on my other geology web site "Mull & Iona Geology"  where numerous descriptions and external web sites are all brought together on the one page



About Mull Geology Walks



Mull Geology Walks was set up to provide geological guiding and walking tours so that locals and visitors alike can learn more about the geology of the islands, the landscape and the natural processes that have shaped the islands we see today. Particular emphasis is laid on the following:


  • Geology is a science - it is the study of the earth and its processes.  The thing about geology, is that it is a very accessible science. You do not have to go too deeply into it to get a lot out of it. No hard maths is needed!


  • The emphasis is on having an enjoyable experience. It should be fun,


  • Education is a key aspect of the walks. "Science outreach"  is an important concept. At the end of any given walk, the participant will hopefully come away with a good understanding of the rocks and what has shaped them.


  • Once you have been on one of my walks, hopefully you will be able to take away the information and insights gained and apply them to other places where similar rocks are found. Once you know how to "read the rocks", the principles can be applied to other geological locations.


The emphasis is on what is known as "field geology" - actually getting out there and looking at rocks, minerals and fossils, understanding geological structures and relating what we can see in the field to what appears on the map. Its not difficult and very rewarding!


  • The science is up to date. I like to keep abreast of current research and as a member of the Geological Society of Glasgow I have access to the Scottish Journal of Geology which often has papers on the geology of Mull. I also have many contacts in Academia who I can refer to for information on the latest research.


  • Feel free to ask questions. If I can't answer them on the day, I will take your details and email the answers later after doing my own research into whatever the question was. Remember, in Science it is Ok to say "I don't know"  Geology is no different!


  • A word about the weather. Geology CAN be done in pouring rain and high winds but it is not a lot of fun. If the forecast is bad, a walk will be cancelled. It needs to be enjoyable. However, you will be well informed in advance if a cancellation is likely.


  • Look forward to seeing you!



About the guy taking you out to look at rocks


Hello, my name is James Westland. I have been interested in geology since about the age of 12. I did my first degree at St Andrews University and worked offshore in the oil industry for a while. I have been interested in the geology of  the Isle of Mull since 1979 when I first came here on a University field trip.


My wife is from Tobermory in Mull and we have been married and living here since 1998. I have been running field trips and geology walks on behalf of various organisations since 2005.


I completed a Masters by Research at Glasgow University in 2016. The subject was mafic and ultramfic intrusions in the Loch Uisg area of south east Mull.


If you have any questions, feel free to email me, text me or just come on one of my walks and hit me with it. Look forward to seeing you some time soon!



James Westland



Geology of Mull and Iona - Further Information


 There is a phenomenal amount of interesting geology to be seen and experienced in these islands. For more information on it, please have a look at my other site "Geology of Mull & Iona" which hopefully will provide you with detailed up to date information as well as pictures and other resources