NW Highlands Geopark
The stunning North West Highlands Geopark forms part of a worldwide network of territories defined by their outstanding geological features, forward-thinking communities and unique natural heritage.
The geopark takes in around 2000 square kilometres of mountain, peatland, beach, forest and coastline from Wester Ross to the north coast of Sutherland.
Its eastern boundary follows the Moine Thrust zone, an internationally significant geological structure that helped 19th-century geologists understand how the world’s great mountain ranges were formed.
Find out more about the geopark at www.northwest-highlands-geopark.org.uk
The area contains Knockan Crag, a family-friendly visitor attraction giving an insight into one of the oldest landscapes in Europe. It is situated some 13 miles north of Ullapool.
Find out more about Knockan Crag at www.knockan-crag.co.uk
Assynt Visitor Centre in Lochinver is a focal point for the remarkable wildlife of this spectacular corner of the north Highlands.
The downstairs section comprises a VisitScotland tourist information centre, while the upstairs area is the base for the Highland Council ranger service in Assynt. The rangers operate a hut at Clachtoll and organise walks and other activities throughout the year.
There is a telescope overlooking the village’s busy harbour where seals can be observed, while CCTV facility allows visitors to see live pictures from a grey heron nest. A touch table and fish tank give a further insight into the natural attractions of the area.
The centre also has reference material on the area’s history and geology.