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NWHUGG Ambassador Partnerships

Mckenzie Mountaineering

We specialise in a variety of exciting trips and tours including long-distance trails, multi-activity days, hill walking group adventures from one day to multi-day trips in the Scottish mountains as well as walking tours further afield. Our adventures range from very small group walking trips in a variety of destinations to 1 day walks from our base in Ullapool.

We aim to promote the beauty of the great outdoors and mountain environment whilst giving you an inspiring experience.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

We have been guiding walking trips within the boundary of the park for many years. Since we moved to Ullapool in 2018 we focussed more and more on the North-West of Scotland and within the Geopark with our walks/trips/trails.  This is the next step to bond more with other local businesses and organisations which promoting and protecting nature at the same time.

Our aim is to learn more about the Geopark to be better as a company and guides talking and teaching guests the wonders of the park.


 

Hamlet Mountaineering

Hamlet Mountaineering offers rock climbing, hill walking and scrambling activities as well as working with Kayak Summer Isles to provide sea kayaking and canoeing.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

I would like to show case my knowledge and passion for the local Geology through my website and learn more about the Geology to give my guests a better day out.


 

Lisa MacDonald

Teacher, writer and community activist

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

To support the Geopark with regard to the Gaelic language which is so fundamentally present in the landscape


 

Scourie Lodge

We welcome guests into our home, a shooting lodge built by the Duke of Sutherland in approx 1835. The story goes that the lodge and walled garden were built with stone from the original Mackay fortress situated a bit further up the hill.

We have four en-suite bedrooms and are open all year round apart from Christmas and New Year.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

To support quality local initiatives and organisations which benefit local residents and visitors alike


 

Durness Deep Time

Durness Deep Time is an interpretative exhibition which explains the geology and archaeology of the Durness area. For those who want to gain deeper understanding of the geology of the local landscape a range of guided walks are offered, tailored to all ages and levels of knowledge, and led by geologist Dr. Björn S Hardarson

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

As a professional geologist with a business aimed at visitors to the area which explains and promotes the international importance of the geology of NW Scotland and the Durness area in particular it is valuable to work with and collaborate with North West Highlands Geopark


 

Keith Miller

Bookshop

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

To support the Geopark


 

Morefield Motel

We are a Motel and Restaurant based within Ullapool, approximately 15 miles from the Geopark, we would like to help show our appreciation of the area of outstanding natural beauty, by allowing our accommodation to be booked by potential visitors to the park area

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

We wish to become ambassadors of the Geopark in order to add our support to a really picturesque area of the Scottish Highlands


 

The Seafood Shack

The Seafood Shack is an outdoor catering trailer located in Ullapool selling freshly cooked seafood. It was set up in 2016 by two local ladies who have a passion for the sea.

Our menu changes daily depending on what the fishermen bring us that morning ensuring everything is as fresh as it can be. We have tables and chairs for our guests to sit at while looking over Loch Broom.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

We want to support the Geopark charity as they have such a special connection to the land and the community, teaching visitors and locals about the history of the area is hugely important so we want to help support them where we can.


 

Kylesku Hotel

AWARD-WINNING NORTHWEST HIGHLAND HOTEL
Kylesku Hotel is a boutique hotel and restaurant in the northwest Scottish Highlands, right in the heart of the north west Highlands UNESCO Geopark, specialising in ultra-local seafood, meats and produce. Whether you’re looking for relaxed dining, a light lunch or a week’s wilderness adventure in amongst Scotland’s glorious mountains and lochs, come on by!

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

With our location right in the heart of the North West Highlands Geopark, we are perfectly placed to be an Ambassador. Our landscape and beautiful scenery is what makes our hotel so special and we want to preserve and promote the Geopark as much as we can. We are fully supportive and hope to collaborate further on geotourism and cultural tourism projects in the Highlands.


 

Assynt Fly Fishing

I am a Licenced and Qualified Level 2 Angling Coach and Assynt Fly Fishing was started eight years ago with the aim of introducing people to fly fishing, the fly fishing available in Assynt and sharing my forty-plus years of experience fishing the waters of Assynt with people of all ages, abilities and experience.
What became apparent very quickly was that my passion for sharing my knowledge of the nature, stories, history and geololgy of Assynt was as important, sometimes more important, that the fly fishing itself. I now refer to myself as “The guide who will take you fishing. Not simply a fishing guide!”
Assynt Fly Fishing has grown steadily and now sees extremely high demand from new and many returning clients, so advance booking is often essential!

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

I have a keen personal interest in the local geology, my father moved here in the 60’s and opened ‘Sutherland Gemcutters’ and became a bit of a legend among visiting amateur geologists! I am 100% behind the ideals of the Geopark charity and really appreciate the opportunity to ‘officially’ promote it to my clients, something I do all the time already!
My knowledge of the geology here is okay, but could definitely do with developing further and I really look forward to attending workshops to help me improve that. To have the official endorsement of the Geopark as an Ambassador is a badge that I will wear with immense pride.


 

Inchnadamph Hotel

Hotel on the shore of Loch Assynt

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

To support geology tourism in the area & to encourage people to explore more of the natural beauty that Assynt has to offer.


 

Highland Stoneware

Manufacture and sale of high temperature, quality ceramics

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

Great admiration for the work of the Geopark charity. Particular interest in the development of high temperature glazes from local rocks


 

Elphin Tearooms

Cafe in the village of Elphin

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

Because the geology around here is amazing and its such an integral part of what makes the area what it is. I believe that the Geopark charity has a lot of potential to help the area, and that we are in a really good position (geographically) to support them


 

North Coast Explorer Tours

Private guided tours of the North Coast 500 and its heartland

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

To further our knowledge and experience to then impart this to our guests


 

Leading Lines

My name is Dougie Cunningham, and I am a photographer. I sell prints, yes, but there’s more to the life of a photographer than a website full of photographs and the occasional magazine article!  I take on commissions for businesses and organisations like the NTS but I also write guidebooks, my first being Photographing Scotland.

I’m currently working on a more local photographer’s guide just for the north of the country, and the Walker’s Guide to Coigach and Assynt on behalf of the Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership. I also run workshops and tours.  Through all my work, I try to encourage respect and appreciation for the places that we all love.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

The North West of Scotland is a unique place, as fascinating as it is beautiful.  I am a landscape photographer, and years of photographing Scotland’s mountains has given me more than a passing interest in our geological as well as cultural heritage. I take great pleasure in helping others discover the places I love through writing guidebooks and leading workshops and tours.

At its core, the NHW Geopark is also about encouraging people to engage with and appreciate the landscape and history that surrounds us. Their events and projects have already deepened my own appreciation for the area, and I hope my own work can help advance the goals of the Geopark in return.


 

NatureScot

We are Scotland’s nature agency. We work to improve our natural environment in Scotland and inspire everyone to care more about it. So that all nature in Scotland – our key habitats and landscapes, all our green space and our native species – is maintained, enhanced and brings us benefits.

We are based in a series of local offices in Areas. The Ullapool office manages Knockan Crag NNR and retains contact with the Geopark, as part of the ‘Northern Isles North Highland’ Area.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

NatureScot have been involved with Scotland’s first Geopark since it’s inception and birth in 2004. As Scotlands ‘Nature Agency’ our role is to protect and enhance Scotland’s natural heritage. This includes our landscapes and geo-diversity. We work with others to inspire, enthuse and influence society to manage our resources sustainably. One of Scotland’s most valued resources is its landscapes, underpinned by the geology we often cannot see. All our eco-systems (life on earth) depend on geodiversity and biodiversity. Therefore, the NWH Geopark is a natural partner.

We manage Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve which provides a key education attraction within the Geopark. The work in promoting and supporting best practice for geo-conservation is wider than our protected areas, and national nature reserves, and the NWHG is an important partner.


 

Philosophy B and B (Choc-O-Latté)

Remote B and B in the North West of the Highland. 2 rooms ensuite with modern bathroom. Full Scottish breakfast, smoked salmon , healthy or vegetarian option . 3 miles of the Lighthouse of Stoer, 1 mile of the shore . Perfect start for your walks in Assynt .

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

Supporting Geopark and to be able to give information into my guests and customers.


 

McQuoids Distillers Ltd

We distil spirits within the highlands and market them.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

We think it is important to protect biodiversity and Geoparks are a great way of championing this process. As a business we are striving to be environmentally responsible and actively assist in the reduction of humanities impact on the natural landscape. We also seek to limit our impact and promote responsibility.


 

The Rock Stop

The Rock Stop is the Geocentre for the North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark and is located at its very heart. It provides a free exhibition for visitors and residents alike, which informs about our landscape and the purpose of the geopark . It has a café for refreshments, including light lunches and a shop that provides a range local crafts, books and maps.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

The Rock Stop is run by the trading arm of the charity responsible for determining the direction that the geopark takes. It is often the point of contact between the public and the concept of geoparks and ours in particular. It provides a free exhibition for all those who come through the door, which was over 13,000 in the last full year of trading. The staff at the Rock Stop are in many ways the ambassadors of the geopark already and will welcome having access to the training and networking that the scheme makes possible.


 

Assynt Ceramics Workshop and Gallery

Potter , producing wood fired and salt glazed functional Ceramics

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

I’m a co-researcher with David Grant of Highland Stone ware – we are developing glazes from the local rocks.  It’s great to be a supporter of the GeoPark,with a community of people passionate and knowledgeable about Geology and rocks .


 

The Local Guide

The local guide uses a phone and GPS to automatically trigger rich audio content and deliver turn by turn useful and interesting information relative to the user and surroundings and upcoming destinations.

Users discover hidden gems, can take part in suggested activities, absorb the fascinating history of the area and take advantage of in-depth knowledge to enhance their travel experience.

By the end of the tour, users have a greater understanding of the land, the environment and the people past and present who have helped shape the region.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

I also believe the Geopark and the work that goes into it is important for two main reasons, it promotes something unique and at the same time helps to protect it and the broader ecosystem.


 

Cape Wrath Ultra

Cape Wrath Ultra is a well-known and well regarded Ultra running race along the Cape Wrath Trail. It has taken place in 2016 and 2018. The 2020 edition was postponed, and the race will be organised annually from 2021.  We are expecting approximately 300 participants in 2022.

Ourea Events are a well respected small event-organising business based in Kendal, also known for organising the Dragon’s Back Race and Skyline Scotland in Lochaber.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

Ourea Events organise the Cape Wrath Ultra race each year, which has a large part of the route through the Geopark. As an organisation, we share many values with the Geopark, and are committed to sustainability and preserving and showcasing the natural environment.


 

Newton Lodge

Newton Lodge is a special place to visit on your Highland adventure with the most spectacular loch and mountain views. Set amidst stunning scenery near Kylesku in the far North West Highlands on the NC500 and with the Geopark right on the doorstep. Seven cosy bedrooms for those who wish to experience the best night’s sleep and delicious breakfast. Our bar serves speciality gins and fine whisky and is open to guests and non-residents. We are also dog friendly.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

We are delighted to support the Northwest Highlands Geopark to ensure ongoing development of geo-tourism projects, conservation and educational programmes. The Geopark is right on our doorstep and is often one of the reasons our guests come to stay. It is vital to us that we protect and promote the Geopark in the most sustainable way possible.


 

Rhueart Gallery

RhueArt Gallery is just North of Ullapool, on the shores of Lochbroom looking out over the Summer Isles. Originally opened in 1980 it features the studio and exhibition space of renowned artist James Hawkins, considered to be one of the best contemporary landscape painters in Scotland. As well as a beautiful exhibition space showing works by other Artists; all of whose work is influenced by the natural environment.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

Understanding the underlying geology has helped us comprehend and interpret the colours and textures of this spectaculars landscape. We want to work with the NWH Geopark to help sustain and develop the communities living in the area. Enabling the local people and visitors to gain a greater understanding of this environment and its care.


 

Croft 148 Oldshoremore

Croft 148 Oldshoremore is a working croft where I grew up. It is home to some north country sheep, native cattle breeds and five donkeys to add to the mix!

We currently offer a self built 2 bedroom house and a static caravan as holiday accommodation and have ambitious plans to grow the business substantially over the coming years with the addition of 18 new self catering cabins, a cafe and a 32 bed hostel.

Our goal is to create a long term, profitable family run business to support local employment and through the creation of high quality accommodation for visitors, help generate tourism and income for the area.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

I believe that the promotion of the Geopark brings more visitors and business opportunities to the area and would like to support this initiative.

The unique landscape plays an important part in drawing visitors who wish to learn about the area. By being involved I can work with the Geopark, provide feedback and become part of a network to promote the area responsibly.

I also believe business support for the Geopark will lead to more financial opportunities which in turn could help reverse depopulation in Sutherland! By providing essential accommodation I feel we are making our own contribution which will hopefully bring more visitors and create new business opportunities.


 

High Life Highland Countryside Rangers

The High Life Highland Ranger Service in North Highlands work to engage people with Highland wildlife. We deliver a programme of guided walks and events, we work with the local schools on environmental projects, we support projects with the local community that deliver on green health and biodiversity objectives and monitor sites throughout the North for the Highland Council.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

The Ranger Service have been involved with the NWH Geopark since its formation. Indeed we were involved in the early discussions and application to UNESCO for Geopark status. The aims of the Ranger Service tie in with that of the Geopark, in that we are working to engage people with the wonderful landscape and wildlife of the North West Highlands. The Ranger Service have worked in partnership with the Geopark in many projects over the last twenty years; with local schools, with local community groups and with visitors to the area.


 

Seascape Expeditions

Based in Ullapool, we offer exciting expeditions in our 8.5m RIB, visiting Loch Broom, the Summer Isles and Isle Martin throughout the summer season. Lots of opportunities to spot the marine wildlife and view stunning coastal scenery from the water. Hourly excursions, longer trips and private charters are all available.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

Geology doesn’t just stop where the sea meets the land; it has shaped the landscape where I spend my days, whether fishing or showing visitors the rich wildlife and habitat of the area. I want to support the Geopark as it seeks to inform and educate people to better understand the area in which we live.


 

Oldshoremore Retreats

We opened up the old campsite at Oldshoremore in May 2021, now consisting of 3 purpose built , self contained pods, a semi detached, self catering cottage and 3 camping pitches.   As yoga and sound healing practitioners we are currently setting up the site to cater for yoga retreats and our aim is to provide a long term, long stay, destination for visitors who love the outdoors along with all the benefits it brings.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

As an owner of a glamping/camping site at Oldshoremore we receive guests from all over the world and one of the most common reasons people live in the area is the unique scenery and geology.  Having first visited the area over forty years ago, I have always been intrigued by the local nature and landscape and would love to be able to pass on my knowledge to others to encourage a better understanding and appreciation of our wonderful natural heritage.


 

Ullapool Bookshop

Ullapool Bookshop is an independent Bookshop situated right in the heart of the village. Open 7 days a week all year round, we sell a wide variety of publications, including Geology, local history and books on the Highlands and Islands as our specialist areas.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

As a long term stockist of all of the NW Geopark publications, Ullapool Bookshop is delighted to become an Ambassador for the NW Geopark. Geology is an important area within Ullapool Bookshop and we are pleased to support the Geopark’s development as an important area of Geological significance within the NW Highlands.


 

Highland Geological Society

The Society is a membership based voluntary group. Its charitable purposes are:

1. To promote the understanding of the science of geology and other earth sciences through the organisation of field excursions and lectures.

2. To foster good relations with other organisations having related interests.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

The Society recognises the very considerable importance, both historical and scientific, of the geology and geomorphology of the North West Highlands and wishes to support the Geopark in its valuable work of promoting the area.


 

Ullapool Outdoors Limited

Ullapool Outdoors is a specialist outdoor clothing & equipment shop situated in the village of Ullapool in the Northern Highlands.  From here we provide the best outdoor equipment available combined with our experienced knowledge of the products we sell.  Being outdoor enthusiasts we know the need for friendly trustworthy advice when it comes to buying the correct equipment. We want people of all abilities to get the most out of the outdoors by sharing our knowledge and experience in a relaxed, friendly environment on the shop floor or through our website.

Why shop with us?

We’re an independent store, what this means is when you place an order, phone or visit the shop either Lawrence, John, Ian or Jen will be here to help with your request. What we may lack in store size we make up for in customer service.  We’re not only here to answer questions on equipment, if you want to know what the weathers like, is there snow on the hills, what’s been getting climbed recently or if you have any suggestion or comments please feel free to contact us.

Why I Became an Ambassador for the North West Highlands Geopark

As we are a shop that sells equipment for people to enjoy the outdoor environment which includes the Geology we thought it would be a good idea to be a part of this.


 

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