Explore deep-time, Evoke a sense of place, Encourage stewardship.
Welcome to Scotland's first Global Geopark!
The North West Highlands Geopark is recognised by UNESCO as one of the most outstanding landscapes on the planet.
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.
With iconic 'island' mountains, brilliant white sandy beaches, enigmatic caves and welcoming communities there is plenty to explore.
Where is the North West Highlands Geopark?
The North West Highlands Geopark is located in the far north of the Scottish Highlands and comprises 100 miles of the North Coast 500 driving route. The Geopark area takes in around 2000 sq km of mountain, peatland, beach, forest and rugged coastlines with a population of just 2000 people.
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.