Diving to the depths of our dynamic earth

Diver Rod MacDonald
Diver Rod MacDonald

What do a ship-wreck diver, long-distance cyclists, a round-the-world yachtswoman, and a science writer and author all have in common?

Answer: they are all giving public talks for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in Kirkcaldy this winter, with stories from the top of the world, to the ends of the world.

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The season begins with the extraordinary experiences of leading diver Rod MacDonald whose talk, which will focus on the pleasure of wreckdiving in the Truk Lagoon, Micronesia, kicks off at 7.30 p.m. on September 15 at the School of Midwifery in Forth Avenue.

In October this is then followed up with a talk by Ian Macartney, long distance cyclist, talking about his adventures across New Zealand.

Other speakers visiting Kirkcaldy include round-the world yachtswoman and inspiration for a generation of sailors, Tracy Edwards and RSGS member Fred Daniels on his experiences following the Silk Road.

Science journalist Fred Pearce will discuss the pros and cons of alien plant species and Grant Young, who cycled to the Rhine falls to raise funds for charity.

The Royal Scottish Geographical Society is one of Scotland’s oldest educational charities and runs more than 90 public talks a year throughout Scotland with a wide range of scientists, ecologists, climbers, adventurers, sailors, travellers and even astronauts.

The local members’ group in Kirkcaldy was established in 1994 and has been meeting regularly ever since.

Chief Executive, Mike Robinson said : “This is the 130th year we have been bringing these incredible talks to people across Scotland, and once again we are delighted to be hosting some of the greatest names in outdoor adventure and science communication.

“We have always been fortunate that many of the most influential and inspiring people of the past century or more have given talks for us and we are happy to be able to continue this tradition.

“Please come along and be inspired.”