The Geopark Story
A Geopark is a place where you will experience the incredible
legacy left by an extraordinary geological past. Our mountains
and coasts, our flora and fauna, our communities and culture -
Our Geopark is one of 23 partners in the European Geopark Network.
Globally there are 35 Geoparks -
The North West Highlands Geopark has beautiful scenery, strong communities and world-class geology. We hope that you enjoy all that our Geopark has to offer. North West Highlands Geopark is Scotland’s first.
A Moving Story
Landscapes like these mark the memory -
This was the great crunch which created many of the distinctive Scottish mountains. During this time, huge sheets of rock were pushed almost 100km to the west, creating the Moine Thrust. This feature confused Victorian geologists who expected to find younger rocks on top of older ones. Instead they found the opposite.
This story can be read in the landscape around you. In the Geopark
there is information and interpretation to help you recognise this geological
legacy which can be seen in the mountains, from the roadsides, down at
the beach, out fishing, in the townships and -