Expert Guides

Our tour guides are experts drawn from the fields of geology, science communication and history. Many are practising geologists and academics with extensive experience of research and education.

Ken Higgs


Originally from Dudley in the West Midlands, Ken lives in near Cork and is ideally positioned to help you discover the natural wonders of Ireland and the Dingle Peninsula.

After graduating with a PhD from the University of Sheffield, Ken worked for the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) in Dublin for 11 years before moving to the Department of Geology at University College Cork, becoming an Associate Professor in 2002.

He established an internationally-recognised research centre on Palynology (the study of microscopic organisms, spores and pollen), that focused on the Devonian and Carboniferous periods, when the first plants spread across the land.

He has over 100 peer reviewed research publications and since his retirement in 2012 has co-authored three books on Irish geology, including the Geology of the Dingle.

In addition to geology, Ken enjoys gardening and athletics. Following retirement he took up running, and since 2019 has represented Ireland at both cross country and track running in international Masters Athletics events.