Explore deep-time, evoke a sense of place, encourage stewardship.
Welcome to Scotland's first Global Geopark!
With stunning mountain landscapes, clean sandy beaches, ancient settlements and thriving communities, there is plenty to see and do!
At three billion years old, the rocks at the seashore are even older than the hills - and what hills they are! Where else can you experience a skyline that compares to the ridges of Foinaven and Arkle, or breath-taking inselbergs like Suilven or Stac Pollaidh? In places like this it's not just the eagles or the peregrines that soar. This is the most sparsely populated corner of Europe. Set yourself free in a place with space to spare.
Where is the North West Highlands Geopark?
The North West Highlands Geopark is located in the far north of the Scottish Highlands. Beginning at The Summer Isles in Wester Ross (near the busy ferry and fishing town of Ullapool) and reaching as far as Durness and Cape Wrath on the north coast, the area takes in around 2000 sq km of mountain, peatland, beach, forest and rugged coastlines.
The eastern boundary of the North West Highlands Geopark extends beyond the settlement of Durness and Loch Eriboll to follow the Moine Thrust Zone, an internationally significant geological structure that helped 19th century geologists work out how the world's great mountain ranges like the Alps and Himalayas were formed.
Something for everyone
Whether you are looking for an action-packed adventure holiday, an independent journey of discovery, an educational experience or a quiet retreat; the North West Highlands has something for everyone. With the oldest rocks in Europe there’s been plenty of time for the most powerful force in geology, erosion, to forge the perfect landscape for exploration. The stunning scenery and timeless culture here really evokes a special sense of place for visitors and locals, we really are proud of this hidden corner of Scotland.
Culture, heritage and an exciting future
The landscape and resources created by the unique geology in the North West Highlands has produced an equally unique and vibrant culture. There’s always something to celebrate during the year, so come and get involved or enjoy spending time walking through our lands and history.