Pre-Congress Field Trips

All tours are subject to minimum numbers being met. We urge attendees of the pre- and post- congress tours not to finalise your travel arrangements until after the field trip has been confirmed at the end of March 2019 to ensure that minimum numbers are secured and the tour will take place.

Pre 4 websitePre-GL1 Late Quaternary Stratigraphy and Glaciation History of Southern Ireland

Date: 21st – 24th July 2019
Leaders: Prof. Colm O’Cofaigh and Prof. David J.A. Evans
Price: €695 per single room
€480 per person sharing
Primary Focus: Glacial
Pick up: Trinity College
Drop off: Trinity College

This excursion will visit sites along the south coast of Ireland that are central to the longstanding debate on the age, extent and dynamics of the last glaciation, focusing specifically on the sedimentology of the glacigenic drifts and the Quaternary stratigraphy of the region. The fieldtrip will visit a range of sites along the south coast where the Quaternary glacigenic succession is well exposed and will examine evidence for timing and depositional history of the Irish Sea Ice Stream and inland ice, as well as the nature and age of raised marine deposits which date to the last cold stage. Sites will include the Screen Hills in County Wexford, as well as Irish Sea Till sites east of Cork Harbour and raised marine deposits in Courtmacsherry Bay.

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Pre 6 webPre-GL2 Western Ireland

Date: 21st – 24th July 2019
Leader: Prof. Peter Coxon
Price: €695 per single room
€630 per person sharing
Primary Focus: Glacial

The fieldtrip will cover the mountain uplands of Connemara, parts of the limestone lowlands of Galway and coastal areas of western Ireland including sites that show long-term landscape evolution (Neogene lignites ca. 5Myr old), exhumed ancient landscapes, interglacial peat deposits (MIS 9-11), glaciated terrains and drumlin fields of MIS 2 and upland evidence of Younger Dryas and Holocene landscape change.

Departing from Dublin City Centre (location TBC) Sunday 21st July at 1200h

Arriving back to Dublin City Centre (Convention Centre) Wednesday 24th at 1800hr

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Pre-GL3 Quaternary Sediments, Ice Geochronology, Geomorphology and Coastal Processes in South West Ireland

Date: 21st – 24th July 2019
Leader: Prof. Robert Devoy
Price: €895 per single/shared room
Primary Focus: Glacial
Pick up: Killarney which is easily reached by train from Dublin
Drop off: Tralee where delegates can return to Dublin by train.

Trains may be booked via (the departure station is Heuston Station).

This Excursion to Southwest Ireland will comprise a three day field programme, set in the beautiful and diverse coastal and interior landscapes of Counties Cork and Kerry.  The region contains many sites of significant national and international importance covering Quaternary Science themes of, e.g., ‘classical’ stratigraphic sedimentary sequencing and correlation; interglacial palaeoenvironmental reconstructions; ice behaviour and spatial patterns, volumes and isostatic issues, as linked particularly to ice chronologies and modelling and to earth crustal modelling; glacial and glacifluvial geomorphology; lateglacial and Holocene climate and vegetational history; Quaternary shorelines and sea-level changes, as linked to past and present climate and ocean changes and particularly to long-term to questions of contemporary coastal process functioning. This region was last visited by INQUA in 1977 (X INQUA Congress). Since then extensive research study has been undertaken in these Quaternary and Earth process and environmental management thematic areas, often as part of international research programmes, e.g., the IGCP and IGBP series, INQUA 1001, European Science Foundation and BRITICE-CHRONO projects, and with the research winning major funding awards, e.g., under the EU Frameworks 3-7, Environment and MAST Programmes; Science Foundation Ireland; Royal Society and Royal Irish Academy.  Publications resulting from this work are now extensive in peer reviewed sources, with research outcomes also linked to contemporary responses to climate change impacts and related land – environmental systems’ management.

The Excursion will develop through site visits many of the different Quaternary research themes investigated since 1977, but with particular emphasis on coastal areas and themes developed during IGCP 588 “Preparing for Coastal Change” and INQUA 1001 “Late Quaternary records of coastal evolution”. Field sites will explore landforms and field stratigraphy relating to the presence and retreat of the British Irish Ice Sheet; the Holocene record of relative sea-level change and coastal response; and, the current stability / resilience of coastal systems in the face of future change, together with related issues for coastal management responses. Many aspects of Irish glacial and relative sea-level history have been undergoing significant revision over recent years and this meeting provides an opportunity to visit new and classic sites, and to discuss these developments whilst evaluating the field data first hand.

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Pre:Arch-1 Landscape History and Archaeology of Neolithic Co. Sligo 

Date: 23rd – 24th July 2019
Leader: Dr Susann Stolze
Price: €350 per single room
€280 per person sharing
Primary Focus: Archaeology
Pick up: Convention Centre Dublin
Drop off: Convention Centre Dublin

County Sligo is renowned for its abundance of megalithic structures dating to the Neolithic period, in particular the large concentration of passage tombs. The excursion will focus on the landscape history and archaeology of two of the four major passage tomb complexes in Ireland. During the first part of the excursion, field trip participants will be introduced to Carrowkeel passage tomb complex, which is located in a towering position within the Bricklieve Mountains.

During the second part of the excursion, the site of the early Neolithic causewayed enclosure at Magheraboy will be visited, which has been the focus of extensive archaeological investigations associated with the construction of a national road through County Sligo. The Carrowmore passage tomb complex near Sligo will be the final stop of the excursion. Carrowmore was a major cultural and ritual area in Neolithic Ireland and is located at low elevation, which contrasts the setting of Carrowkeel. In addition to the discussion of the archaeological evidence, the results of recent paleoenvironmental research will be reviewed. Palynological studies conducted as part of an international research programme established that the landscape character in County Sligo changed significantly during the Neolithic due to increased anthropogenic pressure associated with the adoption of a more sedentary life style and arable farming practices.

This excursion will include an easy to moderate hike uphill on gravel road to the Carrowkeel site located on the plateau of the Bricklieve Mountains which will offer a spectacular view of County Sligo’s landscape. Trail length is 1.6 km one way.

The following Fieldtrips are being run by the QRA directly preceding the INQUA 2019 Congress

Pre:QGL-5 The Nature and Timing of the ‘Younger Dryas’ Glaciation of Scotland 

Date: 19th – 23rd July 2019
Focus: Glacial
Pick up: Glasgow Airport
Drop off: Glasgow Airport

Delegates are responsible for arranging their own travel between the trip and the INQUA congress.

This trip is being run in Great Britain by the British Quaternary Research Association (QRA) for INQUA2019.
Full details, including pricing and booking are available at:


Pre:QFL-6 The Quaternary Fluvial Archives of the Major English Rivers

Dates: 20th – 24th July 2019
Primary Focus: Fluvial

Pick up: London
Drop off: Birmingham

This trip is being run in Great Britain by the British Quaternary Research Association (QRA) for INQUA2019.
Full details, including pricing and booking are available at:

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