ROCK STOP VISITOR CENTRE
Over the summer we have been constantly reviewing the situation with regard to the current Covid-19 crisis, but as restrictions remain in place we have now taken the decision not to open The Rock Stop visitor centre for the remainder of the year.
We hope that the situation will improve by the start of next season when we aim to return to normal service.
In the meantime, why not visit the Virtual Rock Stop and browse the online shops of our partners? If you are able, buying online will be a huge support to many micro businesses who depend on summer income.
GEOTOURS FOR 2021
In these unusual times it was necessary to cancel the majority of the 2020 tours but we are pleased to report that many participants transferred to the 2021 dates.
To accommodate the extra demand for 2021 we have added more tour dates and there are still some places available. Click on the buttons below for more details on both the Geopark and Highland Controversy tours.
Geopark Geotours 2021
Fri 14th May – Mon 17th May 2021 (extended weekend tour)
Sat 1st May – Fri 7th May 2021 (limited places available)
Wed 15th Sep – Tue 21st Sep 2021 (places available)
Highlands Controversy Geotour 2021
Sat 5th June – Thurs 10th June 2021
Sat 3rd July – Thurs 8th July 2021
THE HISTORY OF THE HIGHLANDS CONTROVERSY
Whilst in lockdown and unable to participate in outdoor activities, we decided to use some of this extra time to compile a short history of the Highlands Controversy to celebrate its links with the Geopark and to complement the new Highlands Controversy Geotour. The project has been co-authored by Pete Harrison, Geopark Geologist and Alastair Mitchell who has studied the Controversy and built an extensive collection of historical documents which we are delighted to share. Alastair has previously given a talk on historical geological maps at the Rock Stop.
The history contains a brief outline of the main characters and how the controversy developed over the mid to late 19th century. It includes vintage photographs and sketches, excerpts from geological journals, links to historical maps and suggestions for additional reading should you be interested in pursuing further. We are also working on a video introduction to the tour which we will add to the website in the near future.
Plan Your Visit
Whatever your interests and however you choose to travel, the Geopark has some fantastic activities and amenities on offer for everyone, all year round. Search for activities or accommodation, download leaflets and put together an itinerary that will suit the whole family.
Stunning mountain landscapes, clean sandy beaches, ancient settlements, living communities – Find out about the building blocks of our Geopark here.
The North West Highlands Geopark visitor centre and central hub. Cafe, local crafts and Earth Science interactive exhibition.
Are you looking for things to do in the North West Highlands? Pebble Routes are self guided trails allowing you to explore the lesser-traveled by-roads of the North West Highlands Geopark.
These driving and cycling routes through some of the nation’s best roads take in small communities and hidden treasures.
Thursday February 25th 2021
Saturday May 1st 2021
Friday May 14th 2021
Saturday June 5th 2021
Saturday July 3rd 2021
Wednesday September 15th 2021
Monday November 30th 2020
Monday October 19th 2020
Saturday October 3rd 2020
Tuesday August 25th 2020
Thursday March 19th 2020
Monday February 24th 2020