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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.


In these unusual times it was necessary to cancel the tours over the spring and summer. I am pleased to report that virtually all those booked have transferred to later tours.  

There have been some participants determined to commence the return to normality so two 3 day tours have been set up for September. Places are limited so that all COVID-19 guidelines can be followed.

A few places remain; so please contact Pete on if you would like to discuss a possible place on one or more days of a tour.  Click on the buttons below for more details.

Geopark Geotour 2020

3 day tour – Sat 19th, Sun 20th and Tues 22nd September  2020 (places available)

Highlands Controversy Geotour 2020 

3 day tour – Sun 27th, Mon 28th and Wed 30th September 2020 (places available)

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 (places available)

Highlands Controversy Geotour 2021

Sat 3rd July – Thurs 8th July 2021 


Geopark Geotour                          The Highlands Controversy Geotour



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Harrison, Geopark Geologist and Alastair Mitchell who has studied the Controversy and built an extensive collection of historical documents which we are delighted to share.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. 

Read The Story Of The Highlands Controversy


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Geopark (extended weekend) Geotour

Friday May 14th 2021

Geopark Geotour

Saturday July 3rd 2021

Geopark Geotour

Wednesday September 15th 2021


Freelance editor wanted

Monday October 19th 2020


Saturday October 3rd 2020

Recruiting a Treasurer

Tuesday August 25th 2020

Virtual Rock Stop

Thursday March 19th 2020

2020 season recruitment

Monday February 24th 2020

North West Highlands Geopark AGM Notice

Thursday December 12th 2019