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UNESCO Geopark Knockan Crag
UNESCO Geopark Knockan Crag © GeoCultura Ltd

Scotland: Highlands: Geology, Landscapes, History & Controversies

From £3520 per adult

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May — September

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Visit the dramatic landscape of the Scottish Highlands: sites of famed geological discoveries, Iron Age brochs, the Battle of Culloden and the Clearances and learn about the skills behind making a Highland malt whisky.

Our North West Scotland tour visits some of the world's most famous landscapes and provides new and informative insights into the geology, history and culture of this dramatic setting.

You'll learn about the world class geology that changed early theories of continental collision and relive the science controversies that dominated Victorian ideas of earth history.

Day 1

Arrival at Coul House Hotel Strathpeffer & introductions

Day 2 - Culloden to Ullapoool

Visit the famous Culloden Battlefield then we head to the west coast with an introduction en route to the landscapes and geology of the area. Late afternoon boat cruise from Loch Broom to the Summer Isles to view the remarkable coastline, its geology and the local bird and marine life.

Overnight Ullapool. Group dinner.

Day 3 - Loch Broom, Gruinard Bay, Gairloch & Loch Maree

We drive from Loch Broom to Gruinard Bay to see classic highland scenery and Britain's oldest rocks - the Lewisian - some 3,200 million years old!

After lunch in Gairloch we drive to Loch Maree to understand the remarkable mountain landscapes and the underlying geology.

Tonight the group will be treated to some traditional Scottish ceilidh music from local artists.

Overnight Ullapool. Group dinner.

Day 4 - Knockan Crag & the famous Moine Thrust

We visit the fascinating UNESCO Geopark at Knockan Crag, just north of Ullapool and experience the wild terrains of the early pioneer geologists, Ben Beach and John Horne.

We then visit the Glencoul Thrust, now considered to be one of the most important discoveries in world tectonic geology which forced Sir Archibald Geikie and the establishment to reconsider their hypothesis.

After a seafood lunch in Kylesku we visit the Clachtoll area for further evidence of the meteor impact and some exceptional archaeology as well as a visit to an Iron-Age broch, setting of the award-winning trilogy, The Stone Stories.

Overnight in Ullapool. Free evening for dinner.

Day 5 - Durness & the shores of Loch Eriboll

We head north and visit the enormous cathedral-like Smoo Cave, a 30 m high cavern carved by the dual action of the sea and an inland underground stream.

After lunch in Durness we visit the Highland Clearance trail at Ceannabeinne where the villagers rioted to avoid eviction.

We drive on to Loch Eriboll and enjoy dramatic views south to what was the 400 million year old Caledonian mountain belt that now exposes classic thrust faults.

Overnight in Tongue. Group dinner.

Day 6 - Tongue to Inverness

We move on to the north coast to explore the dramatic coves and rocky headlands around Melness with the backdrop of the spectacular northern coastline and a distant Orkney.

We visit the Portvasgo area, an isolated picturesque community of crofts and fishing communities where the tour will examine a 900 million year old boulder bed.

After lunch in Tongue we drive south down Loch Hope via Altnacaillich and stop to visit the Glen Old Whisky Distillery before heading back to Strathpeffer.

Overnight in Strathpeffer.

Day 7 - Tour Ends

Participants will be taken to central Inverness or Inverness Airport after breakfast.

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Contact details

GeoCultura Ltd
Elsley Court
20-22 Great Titchfield Street
United Kingdom
Edinburgh Edinburgh - City Centre Inverness Inverness City Centre
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Tour prices


  • £3520 Per Adult
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Tour company information

GeoCultura Ltd

GeoCultura offers cultural tours to ‘must-see’ destinations with spectacular landscapes. Our tour leaders are experts with knowledge and a passion for the geology, science, heritage and history of each area. Our small groups use the best hotels in stunning places, to enjoy good food and company. Our new, unique tour of the Scottish Highlands, takes you on a billion year journey through amazing geological landscapes and cultural histories; bringing to life the birth of the landscape, the controversies, the battles, the heritage, and the secrets of what makes Highland malt whisky so special.

Opening times

Telephone enquiries welcome Monday-Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm