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Why Friends?

The North West Highlands is the most beautiful part of the UK, with an unrivalled landscape, outstanding wildlife and vibrant, living culture. The rocks and landforms have formed over 3 billion years of Earth history—our geology is world-class, and it’s no surprise that the North West Highlands is one of only seven UNESCO Global Geoparks in the UK, and one of only two in Scotland.

Global Geoparks are places where fantastic geology is used to support local communities, mainly through developing exciting opportunities for people to explore, enjoy and understanding our landscape, our nature and our culture. We have so much in store for you…

We organise events and activities of all kinds, with the emphasis on fun and discovery—walks to wild places, family events, tours on land and sea, and opportunities to get involved with local community celebrations of how special the Geopark is. Join our expert guides on a geotour, come face to face with extinct wildlife at the Bone Caves at Inchnadamph, explore the giant floodlit Smoo sea cave, watch whales, dolphins and sea birds off our stunning shore. And that’s just the beginning of your experience in the Geopark.

This is a place to enjoy slowly, to take the back road, to leave the car and walk or cycle, to let the wild mountains get under your skin (and for us to help you get under theirs), and to meet our communities and share in their love of our landscape.

At the Rock Stop, the information centre for the Geopark at Unapool, you can meet some of our staff and volunteers, who can help you make the most of your visit with us. You can enjoy the displays of amazing geology and landscape, have a coffee and cake and enjoy the view across to the world-famous Moine Thrust—perhaps the best info-centre view in the country. 

If you believe in the value of the Geopark, please consider supporting our work by being a Friend.

Especially for Friends we offer regular engagement via newsletter, information about upcoming events and entry to many at discounted prices. We offer discounts on Geopark products. Most importantly of all, we offer the knowledge that you are contributing to the work and future well-being of the Geopark.