December Newsletter

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That was quite a year ......

Click on the picture for a taste of 2015 in the NW Highlands
Walks, Tours, Talks, Games, Gatherings and Festivals made it a busy and exciting 2015 in the North West Highlands Geopark, the finale being revalidation confirming our status as a UNESCO Global Geopark for for more years. 

Why not join the team ..

North West Highlands Geopark Ltd is a company limited by guarantee, a social enterprise, which promotes and enhances our fantastic geological heritage and geotourism potential. Recognised as the “Cradle of Geology” and supported by UNESCO, the Board has gained significant funding from the Scottish Government. We wish to employ a manager to be based within the Geopark who will deliver this funding package to encourage economic growth across the six communities of NW Sutherland and Wester Ross.

Geopark Business Manager    

The Manager will update and enhance our Action and Development Plan and deliver a Business Plan to prove our sustainability to 2020 and beyond. They will be responsible for the day to day administration and delivery of those plans. The Directors welcome applications from candidates experienced in fundraising and business planning. Based in the Geopark, salary is dependent on that experience and track record. The ability to work flexibly, either full or part time, in remote and rural Sutherland is essential yet hugely rewarding. Applicants may express an interest by email to the Vice Chairman, Stuart McHugh or by post to the Chairman at The Rock Stop, Unapool, Sutherland IV27 4HW. The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 15th January 2016, Stuart McHugh may be reached for telephone enquiries after the 4th January on 01971 521040.

Christmas at The Rock Stop

Don't miss our Christmas Market
Saturday 19th December 11am - 3pm

open 11-dusk
Thur-Sun until 20th Dec

Soup with bread : £4.50
Soup with a toastie : £5.95
Quiche with salad : £5.95
Meat or Veggie Stovies with Oatcakes : £7.95
Venison Stew : £9.95
Tea or Coffee + Cake : £3.50

Selection of fresh sandwiches and mince pies
Come and visit our Christmas Market with Books, Arts, Crafts and Geopark stuff or alternatively just come in, warm up and enjoy the view .. and don't forget we're dog friendly so you can bring your canine companion along too.
We are now taking bookings for our 2016 Spring and Autumn Geotours.
£235 per person including transport, early bird discount of 10% for bookings made by April 30th or July 31st.  Fee includes tuition, insurance, transportation and materials. Accommodation is not included, however contact us should you like us to arrange this for you.

Expert tuition by Geopark staff will help you to interpret the geology of this wild and remote highland landscape. The area has the lowest population density in Europe and exhibits unique geodiversity and biodiversity. As home of the oldest rocks in Europe, the first identified thrust fault and with evidence of the earliest life; the North West Highlands Geopark really is the “Cradle of Geology”.
Full itinerary and details of how to book can be found  here:
Dutch national airline KLM has confirmed details of a new daily service from Inverness to Amsterdam from 17 May 2016. This announcement from one of Europe’s most successful airlines is a strong vote of confidence in our economy in the NW Highlands.

With its global reach and strong brand recognition, KLM will help ensure local businesses are better connected to key markets around the world.  Tourism providers across the region will also benefit as Inverness joins KLM’s worldwide network of destinations.  In particular, the route gives us access to vital German and Dutch markets, which are among the most lucrative for inbound tourism in Scotland.

We are sure you will agree that this is further good news for Inverness and the Highlands, coming just weeks after BA confirmed its plans to launch daily flights to London Heathrow. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from the NW Highlands Geopark Team


Many thanks to all our visitors, volunteers, supporters, suppliers and sponsors, we look forward to working with you in 2016 and beyond.

North West Highlands Geopark Limited is a social enterprise which re-invests profits to ensure ongoing development of geo-tourism projects, conservation and educational programmes. Our funding comes from government grants, private sector sponsorship, income from tours and donations, click here to donate online.
We have made tremendous progress with  refurbishment and fit-out of The Rock Stop at Unapool. We are still seeking sponsors for the exhibition so if you or your company would like to support us contact Mike on 01971 521301 or
Images courtesy Iain Sarjeant and the Sutherland Partnership, BGS and NW Highlands Geopark Ltd.
Copyright © 2015 North West Highlands Geopark Limited, All rights reserved.

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