Fieldtrip information

Cosmo 2022 Scotland Fieldtrip

Start at ECCI: 8am Friday 10 June 2022

Travel by coach to Rannoch Moor, western Scotland. On the way we will travel through areas of hummocky moraine, a classic Scottish glacial landform

10:15 – comfort stop at The Green Wellie, Tyndrum (10:30)

11:00 – start walk to Ralston Cairn for the view and discussion about sampling

12:30 – Lunch near Kingshouse Hotel

13:30 – Discussion about production rates

17:00 – Return to ECCI

The walks are on well-made paths except for 200 metres cross country (includes boulder hopping across a stream). So far everyone I have seen going across has stayed dry.

Fig. 1 The maximal glacial limits of the Loch Lomond (‘Younger Dryas’) Readvance in mainland Scotland and the Inner Hebrides (after Lowe et al. 2019).

The deglaciation age of Rannoch Moor has recently been debated (Bromley et al. 2014; Small and Fabel, 2016a, 2016b; Bromley et al 2016) because of the interpretation of radiocarbon ages published in Bromley et al. 2014. Putnam et al. (2019) used the controversial independent age control to establish a new 10Be production rate calibration data set. Lowe et al (2019) collected more cores from Rannoch Moor and present radiocarbon ages which support the previous understanding of the deglaciation age, while Palmer et al. (2020) tie the deglaciation history to the Lochaber Master Varve Chronology 2019.

There will be plenty to discuss…



Bickerdike, H.L., Evans, D.J.A., Stokes, C.R., O Cofaigh, C., 2018. The glacial geomorphology of the Loch Lomond (Younger Dryas) Stadial in Britain: a review. J. Quaternary Sci 33, 1–54.

Bromley, G.R.M., Putnam, A.E., Lowell, T.V., Hall, B.L., Schaefer, J.M., 2016. Comment on “Was Scotland deglaciated during the Younger Dryas?” by Small and Fabel (2016). Quaternary Sci Rev 152, 203–206.

Lowe, J., Matthews, I., Mayfield, R., Lincoln, P., Palmer, A., Staff, R., Timms, R., 2019. On the timing of retreat of the Loch Lomond (‘Younger Dryas’) Readvance icefield in the SW Scottish Highlands and its wider significance. Quaternary Science Reviews 219, 171–186.

MacLeod, A., Palmer, A., Lowe, J., Rose, J., Bryant, C., Merritt, J., 2011. Timing of glacier response to Younger Dryas climatic cooling in Scotland. Global and Planetary Change 79, 264–274.

Palmer, A.P., Matthews, I.P., Lowe, J.J., MacLeod, A., Grant, R., 2020. A revised chronology for the growth and demise of Loch Lomond Readvance (‘Younger Dryas’) ice lobes in the Lochaber area, Scotland. Quaternary Science Reviews 248, 106548.

Putnam, A.E., Bromley, G.R.M., Rademaker, K., Schaefer, J.M., 2019. In situ 10Be production-rate calibration from a 14C-dated late-glacial moraine belt in Rannoch Moor, central Scottish Highlands. Quaternary Geochronology 50, 109–125.

Small, D., Fabel, D., 2016a. Was Scotland deglaciated during the Younger Dryas? Quaternary Sci Rev 145, 259–263.

Small, D., Fabel, D., 2016b. Response to Bromley et al. ``Comment on `Was Scotland deglaciated during the Younger Dryas?’ By Small and Fabel (2016)’’. Quaternary Sci Rev 152, 206–208.